Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. The repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer.
Learn More About ACEs
“Adverse Childhood Experiences are the single greatest unaddressed public health threat facing our nation today” -Dr. Robert Block former president American Academy of Pediatrics
Watch this video about the effects of ACEs: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Impact on brain, body and behavior from IHDCYH Talks Canada
Learn the basics about Adverse Childhood Experiences in this ACEs Primer Video from KPJR Films.
Our ACE history counts experiences of abuse, neglect and household challenges that happened to us as children. But that number does not define us. It is simply an entry point to our own personal story. The Number Story initiative offers interactive learning tools in English and Spanish.
Hear more about ACEs from the California Surgeon General, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris in her TED Talk.
Prevention, Support and Healing from the effects of ACEs
Find Providers in your area trained and certified to provide ACEs screenings and referrals on the ACEs Aware Provider directory. For Providers, if you are not already using ACEs questionnaires, the ACEs Aware website provides free training on assessments and information regarding Medi-Cal reimbursement.
All community members are welcome to join the local Sonoma County ACEs Connection group to learn more about ACEs and what is being done locally to prevent, heal, and treat ACEs while promoting resiliency.
The Field Nursing Trauma Informed Approach in Public Health Nursing (TIA PHN) team make home visits to income eligible pregnant women and families parenting a child under 5 years of age. Nurses provide ACEs, child brain development, and toxic stress education, depression screenings, and developmental assessments for infants and children. We work with clients to help identify and reduce barriers to medical care, and assist clients in accessing community-based resources, while providing education and support for creating a safe, stable and nurturing environment for children and building health resiliency. To make a referral to this program complete and email the referral form.