AAPCA1 & ACEs Aware
ACEs Aware June Initiative: Strengthening Families with Trauma-Informed Care

The ACEs Screening tool and initiative to address childhood trauma is a small step in a long history of pediatric research and programs on understanding how children thrive, and how we can support them. 

This month, we look at information on the significance of an ACEs score and how toxic stress can be measured.
Pediatric Perspectives: Toxic Stress
Our Unique View: What Is The Story of Your Number?

By Diane Dooley MD,MHS, FAAP
Pediatric providers always struggle when we’re asked to make clinical interventions based upon a single number. We know that children are changing and growing, and resist believing that an isolated abnormal lab value, vision screen or blood pressure truly justify the need for intervention. In most cases, the number represents a squirmy kid, an inexperienced examiner or using the wrong sized cuff to test the child. Although a single number does offer an opportunity to discuss early prevention of a condition, it’s only after repeated measurements and placing the number in the context of a child’s health and family history that we recommend lifestyle changes.

The ACEs Aware Campaign has recently developed a powerful media campaign and website for providers and families that reflects this thoughtful approach to screening for ACEs. The website, NumberStory.org is part of a consumer education campaign developed in partnership with the ACEs Resource Network. It offers a clear description of ACEs, toxic stress and screening, and gives adults the on-line tool to screen for their own ACEs. The appealing graphics and short videos make it clear to providers and families that the ACEs score does not define adults or children and provides access to many of the buffering tools and resources mentioned in the ACEs provider toolkit, such as sufficient sleep, mindfulness and supportive relationships. The website also gives families resources for immediate crisis support and is available in both English and Spanish.  
Social Media Graphic

Below is a copy of our latest ACEs infographic, also available on all of our social media channels.
"Promoting Resilience"

Meghan Schmitt, MD comments on the resilience she has witnessed as a first-year resident working in the midst of a global pandemic and the importance of identifying and building on family strengths to promote resilience.
Upcoming Events
CMA Wellness Engagement Groups
The California Medical Association’s wellness program is launching free, online wellness engagement groups for health care providers that conduct patient screenings for ACEs. The groups will meet monthly for six months starting in July and will support providers by offering subject matter experts, best practices and an open forum to share experiences, facilitated by volunteer physicians. You can sign up for the Tuesday Series (link) or Saturday Series (link). 
CMA designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.
Cutting Edge Research on ACEs
Recent awardees of $9 million for proof-of-principle demonstration projects from the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine, a discipline looking at understanding how an individual’s genes, environment and lifestyle predict a disease’s risk and impact prevention, diagnosis and treatment strategies for that condition.
Parental and Provider Resources for ACEs
Parental and Provider Resources for ACEs

ACEs & Spanking Infographic helps parents understand the connection between ACEs and the importance of using positive parenting techniques instead of speaking
Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
All Medi-Cal enrolled families are eligible for a temporary $50/month discount on their broadband service and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer. More information is available below,
We look forward to communicating future ACEs initiatives with you and your practice! For more information on the ACEs initiative, visit our website here or contact projectcoordinator@aapca1.org.
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