Center for Youth Wellness and the conference planning committee seek to create an ecosystem of support for children exposed to early adversity. The goal is to deepen and expand cooperation between health care, early childhood education, child welfare, juvenile justice and K-12 education to ensure that children can thrive. Working together, we are committed to building better local, statewide and national systems to raise awareness and train workforces, increase access to interventions, promote early identification and referrals and advance policies for prevention.

Conference Objectives

The theme of the 2016 Conference on Adverse Childhood Experiences is “Awareness to Action.” Objectives of the conference are:

  1.  Strengthen the movement to elevate ACEs as a public health crisis with emerging solutions
  2.  Expand the network of cross-sector leaders committed to addressing ACEs and toxic stress
  3. Share insights and best practices and develop new ideas for addressing ACEs and toxic stress
  4. Spur action to address ACEs and toxic stress in communities

Who Should Attend

  • Pediatricians and other clinicians
  • Practitioners working in health care, early childhood education, child welfare, juvenile justice and K-12 education, including educators, social workers, non-profit leaders and mental health providers
  • Policy makers, researchers and funders working or interested in ACEs, toxic stress, health, public health, children’s issues and education
  • Private, governmental and non-profit sector professionals