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New and Newsworthy
AAP-CA3's Latest Blog Post Focuses on ACEs & Pride Month
June is Pride Month and we wanted to take this opportunity to discuss how Adverse Childhood Experiences disproportionately affect the LGBTQ community and offer some resources and insight on how to buffer the effects of ACEs and toxic stress.

Read the full blog post by following the link below!
Request Copies of YMCA's ACEs E-Book
The YMCA of San Diego County has graciously offered to print and send hard copies of "Buffering the Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences."

If your office is interested in receiving copies, email Sydney Brusewitz (sbrusewitz@aapca3.org) with the quantity and language (English, Spanish, both) in your order request.
ACEs Aware 'State of CAre' Provider Engagement Campaign
The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and Office of the California Surgeon General (CA-OSG) today launched the “State of CAre” health care provider engagement campaign to expand the reach and impact of the ACEs Aware initiative. The campaign slogan is, “Our State of CAre is ACEs Aware.”

The campaign uses digital and print media to raise awareness about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the long-term health effects they can have on children and adults if not addressed.
ACEs Aware Virtual Engagement Groups
Treating patients with multiple ACEs or toxic stress can potentially impact provider wellness and increase feelings of burnout. The California Medical Association’s (CMA) wellness program (CMA Wellness) is pleased to launch free, online wellness engagement groups for health care providers who are conducting patient screenings for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). 

The engagement group webinars will feature subject matter experts, best practices and an open forum facilitated by trained, volunteer physicians during which they can share their experiences and learn from one another.

Each webinar session is organized around a theme, with a stakeholder co-host to provide a variety of perspectives, and each session includes a general discussion and breakout rooms (ex. BIPOC Physicians and Communities, or Parent Physicians treating ACEs, or ACEs in Rural Communities…etc.).
Participating providers are encouraged to join us for the full 6 month duration, choosing a set time each month that works with their schedule.

CMA is seeking physician leaders who can serve as monthly webinar hosts. Hosts commit to leading two 1-hour sessions in a selected month and will pose the discussion questions to be used in each breakout session and facilitate overall discussion in the main webinar room.

CMA will host the meeting on Zoom and CMA staff will provide full tech support. 

  • Saturday, July 10, 2021, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, July 20, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 7, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, August 17, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 7, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 25, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, October 9, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 19, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 6, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 
  • Tuesday, November 16, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 4, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, December 14, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

If you would like to volunteer to be a webinar co-host leader, please provide the following information to Harmony Negrin (hnegrin@cmadocs.org):
  • Name:
  • Email:
  • Cell #:
  • Preferred Webinar Themes (ex. BIPOC Physicians and Communities, or Parent Physicians treating ACEs, or ACEs in Rural Communities…etc.):
  • Webinar Date #1:
  • Webinar Date #2:
Resources To Help You Support Your Patients
Understanding ACEs Handout
AAP-CA3 recently added translated versions of the PACEs Connection "Understanding ACEs" handout to the resources tab on its website. In addition to English and Spanish the handout is available in Amharic, Chinese, and Vietnamese on our website

Download the resources by following the link below!
Highlights From Recent Trainings/Webinars
(We watched them in case you didn't have time to!)
ACEs Aware "The Science of ACEs and Toxic Stress (Part 1)"
Here are some of our key takeaways:

--Genetic endowment, genetic variants alter susceptibility to adversity
  • Prenatal maternal stress and depression have effect on childhood adversity

--Homeostasis recovers through buffering effect of caring adult or other interventions

--Intrinsic or extrinsic conditions or attributes that mitigate risk for toxic stress

--Intrinsic Factors
  • Neurologic, endocrine, metabolic, immune, genetic, and epigenetic factors
  • Curiosity in learning
  • Ability to pay attention
--Extrinsic Factors
  • Buffering relationships
  • Supportive environments
  • Community resources
A Closer Look: ACEs Aware Webinar "Applying The Science of Toxic Stress to Support Children's Health"
We thought this webinar from April was worth another look. Here are some of our highlights:

--Looking at the ACE score and assessing presence of toxic stress when looking at chronic conditions.
  • Example: ADHD medication isn't helping a patient, but Dr. Gilgoff notices the ACE score is a 2 - so she links the health condition with the ACE score to alter treatment.

--Looking at how asthma and toxic stress are linked. Screening questions include: asking if anything scary, stressful or upsetting has happened recently.

--Looking at how a parent's stress effects a child's response to stress
Upcoming Webinars/Events/Trainings
(Skimmed down so you know these are worthwhile!)
Witnessing Ourselves: Grief & Self-Care in Times of COVID-19 Transition

June 17, 2021
Noon - 1 p.m.
Intentional Dismantling of
Systemic Racism

June 23, 2021
11 a.m. - Noon
Transforming Our Tomorrow:
2021 Virtual Conference

August 10-12, 2021

*Early bird registration ends May 15