Advisory Committees

Health care providers, government agencies, community-based organizations, professional associations, and other key partners are coming together to support this initiative to make California’s communities ACEs Aware.

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Trauma-Informed Primary Care Implementation Advisory Committee

The purpose of the California Surgeon General’s Trauma-Informed Primary Care (TIPC) Implementation Advisory Committee is to advise the Office of the California Surgeon General and the Department of Health Care Services on the promising models, best practices, evolving science and clinical expertise for the implementation of trauma-informed care systems in California.

This includes prevention of and screening for ACEs in primary and specialty care, as well as integrated response including mental and behavioral health services, care coordination, and advancement of diagnostic tools and services to address toxic stress.

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California Foundation
  • California Academy of Family Physicians
  • California Behavioral Health Directors Association
  • California Conference of Local Health Officers
  • California Department of Health and Human Services
  • California Department of Public Health
  • California Department of Social Services
  • California Governor’s Office of Planning & Research
  • California Health Care Foundation
  • California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative
  • California Medical Association
  • California Pan-Ethnic Health Network
  • California Primary Care Association
  • California State Association of Counties
  • Californians for Safety & Justice
  • Center for Youth Wellness
  • County Health Executives Association of California
  • County Welfare Directors Association of California
  • Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services
  • First 5 California
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • L.A. Care Health Plan
  • Sutter Health
  • The California Endowment
  • The Permanente Medical Group
  • University of California, San Francisco

Subcommittee Members

The Provider Engagement & Education Subcommittee provides strategic advice on increasing the number of providers who complete state-certified core ACE training and supporting providers in integrating ACE screening and clinical response into their practice.

  • Yvonne Choong (Co-Chair) – California Medical Association
  • Demetria Malloy, MD (Co-Chair) – Anthem Blue Cross
  • Eric Ball, MD – CHOC Children’s, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Marti Baum, MD – California Medical Association
  • Kim Bower, MD – Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan
  • Nancy Goler, MD – The Permanente Medical Group
  • Stephen Lockhart, MD – Sutter Health
  • Shelley Rodrigues – California Academy of Family Physicians
  • Mike Witte, MD – California Primary Care Association

The Clinical Implementation Subcommittee provides input and clinical expertise on developing guidance and tools to help providers: a) Better understand toxic stress physiology and ACE-Associated Health Conditions (AAHCs); b) Implement ACE screenings, evidence-based interventions, and trauma-informed care; and c) Reduce health disparities.

  • Leon Altamirano – North County Health Services
  • Deirdre Bernard-Pearl – Santa Rosa Community Clinics
  • Tanya Dansky (Facilitator) – ACEs Aware Clinical Advisor
  • Ken Epstein – University of California, San Francisco
  • Liza Eshilian-Oates – Kaiser Permanente Southern California
  • Mike Flaningam – Sutter Medical Group, Sacramento
  • Rachel Gilgoff – Stanford University
  • Nancy Goler – Permanente Medical Group
  • Lisa Gutierrez Wang – County of Santa Cruz
  • Simone Ippoliti, PNP – Bayview Family Health Center
  • Dayna Long – UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
  • Chris Longhurst – University of California, San Diego
  • Eddy Machtinger – University of California, San Francisco Medical School
  • Brigid McCaw – Senior Clinical Advisor, CALQIC, University of California, San Francisco
  • Connie Mitchell – California Department of Public Health
  • Matt Pantell – University of California, San Francisco
  • Adia Scrubb – California Academy of Family Physicians
  • Rachel Steward – FPA Women’s Health
  • Shannon Thyne – University of California, Los Angeles Children’s Hospital
  • Linda Zane, MSN-FNP – Hill Country Community Clinic

The Network of Care Subcommittee recommends roadmaps for improving collaboration and coordination across the health care and social service system – between health plans, health centers, clinicians, and clinical and community organizations in responding to identification of ACEs in primary care.

  • Yvonne Choong – California Medical Association
  • Afomeia Tesfai – Center for Youth Wellness
  • Frank Mecca (Co-Chair) – County Welfare Directors Association of California
  • Jonathan Goldfinger, MD, MPH, FAAP – Chief Executive Officer, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services
  • Mary Ann Hansen (Co-Chair) – First 5 Association of California
  • Michael Brodsky, MD – L.A. Care Health Plan
  • Edward Machtinger, MD – University of California, San Francisco

With the Office of the California Surgeon General, the Clinical Advisory Subcommittee developed the online training curriculum to certify Medi-Cal providers to receive payment for screening Medi-Cal patients for ACEs. The Clinical Advisory Subcommittee also developed the ACE Screening Clinical Algorithm to help providers assess whether a patient is at low, intermediate or high risk of a toxic stress physiology, and how to incorporate ACE screening results into clinical care and follow-up plans.

  • Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH – California Surgeon General
  • Devika Bhushan, MD – Office of the California Surgeon General
  • Karen Mark, MD, MPH – California Department of Health Care Services
  • Connie Mitchell, MD, MPH – California Department of Public Health
  • Eddy Machtinger, MD – University of California, San Francisco Medical School
  • Alicia Lieberman, PhD – University of California, San Francisco Medical School
  • Leigh Kimberg, MD – University of California, San Francisco Medical School
  • Dayna Long, MD – University of California, San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
  • Sheela Raja, PhD – University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Shairi Turner, MD, MPH – Florida Department of Health
  • Shannon Thyne, MD – University of California, Los Angeles Children’s Hospital
  • Leena Singh, DrPH, MPH – Center for Youth Wellness
  • Ken Epstein, PhD – University of California, San Francisco
  • Nancy Goler, MD – Permanente Medical Group
  • Brigid McCaw, MD, MS, MPH – Senior Clinical Advisor, CALQIC, University of California, San Francisco