2016 ACEs Conference Project showcase

There is so much wonderful work happening as part of the ACEs Movement. The Center for Youth Wellness is honored to showcase these efforts to understand, prevent and address childhood adversity and its outcomes.  The Project Showcase session will take place Conference Day 2 , Friday, October 21,  from 10:30am - 12:00pm.


ACEs Connection Network: communicating information and connecting champions to prevent adverse childhood experiences, heal trauma and build resilience in our families, organizations, systems and communities.
ACEs Connection Network (ACN) works to prevent, address and heal trauma in communities through the power of a network of community members. We do this by Curating innovative experiments, experiences, and tools of those seeking to effectively transform communities using the science of adverse childhood experiences;  Cultivating ACEs champions, initiatives, groups, and change; Communicating  the science of adverse childhood experiences, the stories of those conducting the work, and data that galvanize support; and Connecting and building communities.

  • Gail Kennedy, Jen Hossler, Dana Brown, Emerald Montgomery, Sarah Rock, ACEs Connection Network

Addressing ACEs and Building Family Resilience
Hui (hoo’ee) is Hawaiian for a group working together with a shared purpose. Family Hui’s purpose is fostering healthy, thriving families and communities. Our curriculum offers evidenced based best practices for raising children, ages 0-5. In 2015, Family Hui received a First5 Yolo grant to embed ACEs and resilience/self-care into our curriculum. The revisions deepened the program’s impact. Parents take part in art-based reflective activities and at-home empathy and engagement action steps that serve as vehicles for personal and family transformation. We receive private and public funding.

  • Lucy Morse Roberts, Family Hui Mainland, Greg Bourne, Lead4Tomorrow, Katie Kennedy, Family Hui Mainland

Addressing Childhood Adversity in a Community Pediatric Clinic
Developed by one MD using professional development time, questions about caregiver separation, family member mental illness, and other trauma were created using words from AAP’s Trauma Toolkit, presented in format of MediCal “Staying Healthy Assessment Tool.” Families answering “yes” to any questions are provided education about medical evidence for the impact of adversity on health as well as strategies for fostering resilience. A lecture geared toward medical providers is available as a free CME webinar on acesconnection.com.

  • Beth Grady, MD, South San Francisco Clinic- San Mateo Medical Center

Advancing the Adoption of Trauma-Informed Approaches to Care in Newark NJ
Rutgers UBHC and BRICK Academy are partnering to  (1) Convene a multi-disciplinary body of stakeholders (ACE Impact Team) to create a trauma-informed vision and implementation plan for the City of Newark with a goal of making Newark a trauma-informed city by 2020. (2) Develop designated health, education and related partners into trauma-sensitive professionals through tailored educational and training programs. (3) Design and implement a core set of trauma-informed behavioral health services and supports for children and their caregivers as a pilot effort within BRICK Academy schools.

  • Dominique Lee, BRICK Academy, Diana Salvador, Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, Charisse Carrion, GNHCC

Advokids’ Telephone Hotline & Comprehensive Legal Website
When a child enters foster care, ACEs informed decision-making is imperative to mitigate the trauma that brought the child into care and prevent future trauma. Advokids inspires action to advance ACEs awareness in juvenile courts. The free hotline and legal educational website assist and empower child advocates with bringing critical information, such as each child’s history of trauma, ACEs and socio-emotional needs, to the attention of juvenile courts.

  • Margaret Coyne, Advokids, Erin Hupp, Advokids

Arts in Healing
Child Parent Institute and New Directions School embrace the use of healing creative arts in treating trauma-affected youth and adolescents. The long-term impact of creative arts interventions are demonstrated through research, program development, and practice.

  • Joy Thomas, Child Parent Institute, Dallas Munger, Child Parent Institute, Amy Hill, Lisa Manthe PhD Candidate LMFT ATR- BC, & Cari Pace, New Directions School / Child Parent Institute

Birth & Beyond Home Visitation Impact on Child Welfare
The Birth & Beyond Program is dedicated to reducing the incidence and impact of child abuse and neglect. The program provides an array of services in nine family resource centers, the most intensive of which is home visitation using an evidence-based parent education curriculum. CaliforniaVolunteers has awarded a planning grant for replication of the program in California.

  • Sheila Boxley, Child Abuse Prevention Center, Shannon Williams, LPC Consulting

Building Resilience in Contra Costa County
Contra Costa has embarked on a County-wide effort to bring Trauma-Informed approaches to a range of agencies and CBOs to build momentum and shift the framework upon which services are provided to the County’s most vulnerable populations. These efforts are twofold and include the launch of the grant-funded Youth Justice Initiative (YJI), and a partnership between the County’s Families Thrive Initiative and T2. Both of these efforts integrate the Sanctuary Model of trauma-informed practice.

  • Jennifer Lynn-Whaley, Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence Initiative, Kathryn Burroughs, Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence Initiative

California Campaign to Counter Childhood Adversity (4CA)

  • Ben Rubin, Children Now

Celebrating Families!
Celebrating Families!™(CF!) is a whole-family, trauma-informed, skill building program developed for one of the first dependency drug courts (DDC) and listed on the National Registry of Evidence Based Programs & Practices. Designed for families dealing with or at risk for substance use disorders, the program’s goal is healthy, happy, addiction free children. Developed with funding from FIRST5, The Health Trust, and individuals, CF! is implemented nationally, often funded by SAMHSA grants. In Santa Clara County, CF! is provided by Uplift Family Services, funded by Dept. of Children & Families Services.

  • Rosemary Tisch, PreventionPartnership - Celebrating Families!, Mary Gardner, PreventionPartnership Celebrating Families!

Changing Minds Campaign, Futures Without Violence
Futures Without Violence, in collaboration with the Ad Council, has partnered with the US Department of Justice to develop a national campaign that will raise awareness, teach skills, and inspire public action to address children’s exposure to violence and childhood trauma.

  • Lisa Sohn, Futures Without Violence

Creating a Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice System in the Nation's Capital
Washington DC’s first elected Attorney General, Karl Racine, is leading the transformation of DC’s juvenile justice system to be trauma-informed and responsive. Racine is committed to treating trauma experienced by youth prior to entering the juvenile justice system, to minimizing trauma in the system, and to diverting youth from the system altogether. The program focuses on trauma identification and treatment, comprehensive behavioral health assessments, and expedited access to trauma services.

  • Tamar Meekins, Office of the Attorney General, Government of the District of Columbia, Hilary Cairns, DC Department of Human Services, Government of the District of Columbia

Early Childhood Assessment and Intervention Pilot Project
The Mat-Su Health Foundation conducted a behavioral health scan and found early intervention services for children to be absent in the rural Alaskan community of Mat-Su. Recommendations included incentivizing behavioral health early intervention and prevention services; training primary care providers in screening and assessment; promoting integrated health care; and decreasing stigma. Ptarmigan Pediatrics partnered with Alaska Pacific University and the Mat-Su Borough School District to create a training program for psychology doctoral interns. This three-year contract is funded by the Mat-Su Health Foundation.

  • Erika Stannard, Ptarmigan Pediatrics, Renee Geog, Alaska Pacific University, Nicole Gregson, Ptarmigan Pediatrics

Grassroots Movement for ACEs in Arizona
Arizona ACE Consortium believes in the power of a mobilized community to envision and enact change. We focus on changing the perception of ACEs in relation to health, experimenting with and promoting interventions to reduce adversity, and deeply change societal systems which lock us into the vicious cycle of ACEs. Through a network of relationships and community assets that cross organizational bounaries, our 375 members are connecting to create a healthier AZ. Our work is supported by grants and in true grassroots fashion, donated time from generous people.

  • Marcia Stanton, Phoenix Children's Hospital, Jackie (Jacqueline) del Castillo, Imperial College London / NESTA, Naomi Woychick, Mayo Clinic

How Health Impact Assessments can Encourage Consideration of ACEs in Policy Decision-making
Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is an applied research tool that predicts health and equity impacts before a public policy or project is finalized. Methods include synthesizing published studies and gathering existing conditions and focus group/interview data for the area.

  • Fabiola Santiago, Human Impact Partners, Holly Avey, Human Impact Partners

Integrated Family Services: A Model for Prevention
Integrated Family Services (IFS) is an outcome-focused, data-informed, strength-based, individualized model for strengthening protective factors in families. It uses the Five Protective Factors, researched by the Center for the Study of Social Policy as outcomes. It's overseen by a coordinated, interdisciplinary service delivery team of professionals and paraprofessionals, in both clinic- and community-based settings. We developed IFS in response to the need to integrate our work on the effects of ACEs with a focus on protective factors that may mitigate risk of future ACEs.

  • Malcolm Gaines, Psy.D., San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center

Integrating ACEs prevention into medical practice: A needs assessment of prenatal and pediatric care in Austin, TX
Health care providers serving new and expectant parents through an ACE-informed model can significantly impact intergenerational transmission of trauma. The Pediatric Trauma-Informed Research and Care Collaborative, a multidisciplinary professional team, seeks to integrate and evaluate ACE/trauma-informed approaches in Austin area health care settings. The team's needs assessment evaluates potential for ACE-informed care in prenatal/pediatric health and identifies health care settings ready to serve as future project intervention sites.

  • Marian Morris, UT-Austin School of Nursing, Beth Gerlach, UT-Austin, Child and Family Research Institute

Kidsdata.org has been a trusted resource for understanding child health and well-being for over 10 years. Operated by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, Kidsdata is free to the public and provides data and contextual information for more than 500 indicators on 55 topics. We are excited to announce that in October, Kidsdata will add childhood adversity and resilience data to our site. At the 2016 Conference on Adverse Childhood Experiences, Kidsdata will deliver its first public presentation of this suite of new data.

  • Lori Turk-Bicakci, Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, Olivia Kirkland, Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health

Love Notes: An Innovative Tool to Address and Prevent Childhood Adversity
A 13-lesson evidence based program published by The Dibble Institute and used across the country, empowers vulnerable teens & young adults who have suffered childhood adversity to build strong relationships AND to keep their children (current or future) from experiencing the same. Using current media & lively activities, young people learn how to make wise choices about partners, sex, relationships, pregnancy, children, & more.

  • Catherine (Kay) Reed, The Dibble Institute

Models of Change: Creating a Trauma Informed System to serve children, youth & families.
The San Francisco Department of Public Health is implementing an initiative to become a Trauma Informed System (TIS). To create a TIS that benefits the workforce and community it serves, models were developed to integrate knowledge and practice. Applied at the individual and programmatic levels, these models embrace TIS principles and utilize innovative methods to shift organizational culture. Early outcomes indicate these efforts are well-received and effective at shifting public health toward a TIS framework.

  • Briana Loomis, San Francisco Department of Public Health, Ken Epstein, San Francisco Department of Public Health, Maribel Mora, San Francisco Department of Public Health

Overcoming Adverse Childhood Experiences (The ACE Overcomers Program)
The ACE Study inspired a pastor to create an evidence based program that helps teens and adults overcome a traumatic childhood. Used in schools, jails, rescue missions and churches in many states, this program results in measurable improvements in emotion regulation, resilience factors, and quality of life.

  • David Lockridge, ACE Overcomers

Parents Anonymous® Adult and Children and Youth Groups
Empowering families in California and worldwide since 1969, according to the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse, Parents Anonymous® operates the only evidence-based Parent Partner Program with weekly support groups for Parents/Caregivers and their Children and Youth (0-18 years old). Recent research data confirms the mitigation of and prevention of ACEs as a result of Parents Anonymous® efforts to serve ethnically-diverse families who turned their lives around based on empowerment and a unique approach to personal growth & change.

  • Lisa Pion-Berlin, Parents Anonymous® Inc., Michelle Allen, Parents Anonymous® Inc.

Portraits of Professional CAREgivers
Portraits of Professional CAREgivers: Their Passion, Their Pain is a documentary film which depicts the dramatic emotional costs experienced by professional providers such as nurses, social workers, clinical psychologists, doctors, firefighters, first responders who rescue, assist, and when possible heal the injured and traumatized.

  • Vic Compher, Caregivers Film

Preparing staff to transform schools into trauma informed environments
Our agency provides socio-emotional interventions and supports in 32 NYC public schools where students are at the highest risk of academic failure and dropping out. In trying to address the needs of the students as well as to give tools to our SW staff we decided to train Social Workers, Community School Directors, Outreach Workers and Program Directors in Trauma Informed Practices. The process started in June when a group of 5 experienced SW, SWD and program Directors, supported by the VP of Behavioral Health, began to plan a three day training for the entire staff.

  • Maria Astudillo, Partnership with Children

Project Avary: Fostering resilience and sense of community for children of incarcerated parents
Project Avary serves children of incarcerated parents through a residential summer camp, year round workshops, enrichment outings, mentoring and case management. Avary began in 1999 in Marin County in partnership with San Quentin prison chaplain, Earl Smith and currently serves 125 Bay Area children, a total of 800 to date. Through early intervention and long term support, children 8 - 18 acquire a sense of community belonging, essential life and leadership skills, and a therapeutic connection with the outdoors. Avary is funded through private foundations and individual donors.

  • Marcianna Nosek, University of San Francisco, Leena Laroski, Project Avary, Jessica Stillman, Project Avary

Racing ACEs: If it's not racially just, it is not trauma-informed
Against a backdrop of the Movement for Black Lives and the rich local history of intersecting movements for social justice, black and brown youth face continued threats and exposure to harm including police violence, displacement, unwelcoming schools, and dominant media narratives fueling white denial and fear. This emergent landscape compels us to deepen and expand the frame of ACEs within the context of structural racism, historical trauma, and generational embodiment.

  • Kanwarpal Dhaliwal, RYSE, Kimberly Aceves, RYSE,

Reaching vulnerable children: community social pediatrics as an innovative program to address toxic stress
Community Social Pediatrics (CSP) is a comprehensive, integrated social medical model for children and families living in vulnerable conditions. Since 1990, it is the first to bring together expertise from medical, legal and social science fields. The aim is to address toxic stress by establishing a global medical diagnosis that considers a child’s particular circumstances and their impact on his developmental trajectory. The diagnosis is regularly reassessed on a common reading shared by everyone involved (child, extended family, institutional partners).

  • Julie Bélanger, Fondation Dr Julien

Reliency and Trauma screening at Roseland Pediatrics
Roseland Pediatrics is a 4500 patient practice in Sonoma County, that cares for primarily Medical and insured children through a larger FQHC Health Center. Two years ago, with the help of two grants, we made our way to becoming a trauma-informed practice and have never looked back. In the past 12 months, we have screened over 2200 families, and have created an integrated behavioral health and resource program.

  • Meredith Kieschnick, Santa Rosa Community Health Centers/Roseland Pediatrics, Arlene Roman Delgado, PhD., Santa Rosa Community Health Centers/Roseland Pediatrics, Deirdre Bernard-Pearl, Santa Rosa Community Health Centers/Roseland Pediatrics

Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope
Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope looks at the birth of the CDC-Kaiser Permanente ACE Study and how it’s spawned a movement across the U.S. It focuses on the work of pediatricians, therapists, educators and communities, including Laura Lawrence and Laura Porter, and Drs. Robert Anda, Vincent Felitti, Nadine Burke Harris, Victor Carrion, Jack Shonkoff and David Johnson.

  • Jamie Redford, KPJR Films

Systematic review of pediatric health outcomes associated with Adverse Childhood Experiences
Early detection of a toxic stress response has powerful potential to improve the health and well-being of children. A systematic review of pediatric health outcomes associated with ACEs was conducted to help develop a clinical risk profile of children affected by early adversity.

  • Debora Oh, Center for Youth Wellness (CYW)

Talk to me Mom: Reducing poverty-induced childhood stress beginning in-utero through language stimulation: a preventive early development program in vulnerable Chilean populations.
Talk to me Mom is a social intervention turned investigation project directed at pregnant women of low income status in Chile. The initiative seeks to transfer neuroscientific content to children through the mothers, beginning in utero and working up to four years old. This is the first program of its kind, using a new comprehensive methodology which uses language as the main catalyst for prevention of the stresses of living in a chaotic environment and disadvantage of having been born into poverty.

  • Rodrigo Aguirre, Conversemos Mama, Pablo Rosenblatt, Conversemos Mama

The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse
The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse (CEBC; www.cebc4cw.org) is a free-to-access dissemination and implementation tool for programs with varying levels of research evidence that address diverse issues, including child maltreatment intervention and prevention, mental health and substance abuse interventions, and many other areas. The CEBC Program Registry features practical and easy-to-understand information, including a CEBC Scientific Rating based on the program’s published peer-reviewed research. The CEBC Selecting and Implementing Programs section provides agencies with guidance and resources on the implementation of programs. The CEBC can be utilized by any type of family-serving agency in or outside of California.

  • Jared Martin, California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse, Jennifer Rolls-Reutz, California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse,

The Community Self-Care Demonstration Program
Traumatized people can help each other. With a shift from the authority of experts to human innate wisdom, the traumatized become our most powerful resource. Relying on historic fundamentals from experts in the field of traumatology and using a non-proprietary, non-religious, non-medical, person-centered, evidence-based approach, we have been teaching individuals in traumatized communities how to work with each other to explore, resolve, and integrate ACEs and other trauma.

  • Diana Canant, Ardicare Inc. in collaboration with Think Round Inc., Dr. Mason Turner, Kaiser Permanente San Francisco

The Raising of America
The Raising of America, a five-part documentary series, is the first national, fully integrated media/public engagement project that aims to reframe the way Americans look at early child health and development.

  • Natalie Teter, California Newsreel, Rachel Poulain, California Newsreel

The START Screening Tool Advancing a Culturally Appropriate Screening Tool for the Assessment and Relief of Trauma in Young Men of Color Exposed to Violence
The purpose of this project was to understand the experiences of Boys and Men of Color. How and where they seek care? What helped them heal from trauma? To learn appropriate language to use/avoid, to create a trauma symptoms tool and provide short but effective interventions. The goal of this project was to develop a practical, accessible application of Trauma-Informed Care for those who might not choose to engage in traditional methods of treatment.

  • Nicky MacCallum, Youth ALIVE!, Linnea Ashley, Youth ALIVE!

Trauma-Informed Care: Integrating Adverse Childhood Experiences into Child and Youth Mental Health and Addictions Programming
Alberta Health Services’ Child & Adolescent Addiction, Mental Health & Psychiatry are integrating ACEs into programming. We aim to share qualitative program evaluation reports from clinicians regarding experiences implementing ACEs. We will share findings from surveys and focus groups with 3 inpatient and 3 outpatient programs about barriers and facilitators to implementing ACEs.

  • Sandra Cheung, Alberta Health Services - Child & Adolescent Addiction, Mental health & Psychiatry

Trauma-Informed Coach Training: Playing to Heal
Up2Us Sports trains youth sport coaches in trauma-informed coaching strategies. The primary recipients of this training are coaches in the Coach Across America (CAA) program. CAA’s get 50 hours of training in youth development and mentoring strategies—including sports-based youth development (SBYD) foundations, the brain and trauma, behavior management and culture—to help them cultivate caring, trust-based relationships with youth, and to foster SBYD outcomes.

  • Adrienne Moore, Up2Us Sports, Megan Bartlett, Up2Us Sports

Welltopia by DHCS Partners with ACEs to Bring Local Trauma-informed and Resilience-building Resources to Low-income Residents of Yolo County
Welltopia (www.mywelltopia.com) was launched by the CA Department of Health Care Services and UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement in 2015 to empower low-income Californians to adopt healthy lifestyles. The site provides free, credible resources on a wide range of  health topics. Welltopia is partnering with ACEs Connection Network, ACEs Too High, Yolo Resilience Network, Yolo County, and Yolo 211 to create the first localized Yolo Welltopia, which we plan to share for the first time at the 2016 ACEs Conference. The purpose of the collaboration is to leverage state and local efforts to connect communities with trauma-informed and resilience-building resources. Yolo Welltopia will be a platform for community members to connect with one another and find tools and support for living full, healthful lives.

  • Rachel Abbott, CA Department of Health Care Services, Gail Kennedy, ACEs Connection Network, Regan Overholt, Yolo Resilience Network

WIC High Risk Screening and Home Visiting Referral Program
The WIC Program takes proactive approach that prevents child abuse by addressing familial/parental stressors (e.g., alcohol/drug abuse, poor social support). Using the Brief Child Abuse Potential Inventory (BCAP), parents at high risk of child abuse are identified and referred to Home Visiting (HV) professionals, with further referral to Mental Health services if needed. Referred clients are tracked through the Health System by a Registered Dietitian. WIC Program serves 10,000 families/month, referring 28/month to HV. This project is funded by local tax revenue and federal matching funds.

  • Jo Anna SnyderRD, San Mateo County Health System/Family Health Services, Anand Chabra, MD, MPH, San Mateo County Health System/Family Health Services