The first-in-the-nation ACEs Aware initiative has been an integral part of California’s response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, giving providers tools and resources to help Medi-Cal beneficiaries manage stress and identify and address stress-related physical and mental health concerns, like asthma, heart disease and depression, that can occur due to prolonged exposure to toxic stress.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the need for strong trauma-informed care teams to be integrated into health care practices, clinics, and across our communities,” said Dr. Karen Mark, Medical Director for DHCS. “The State of CAre campaign will reach more providers and send a clear message that California is leading the way in identifying, preventing, and addressing the impacts of ACEs and toxic stress.”
Additionally, the ACEs Aware initiative is working closely with the ACE Resource Network to promote the new NumberStory.org initiative, a resource for consumers and patients to learn more about ACEs, toxic stress, and how to heal.
“ACEs are not destiny,” said Dr. Burke Harris. “Community organizations, health care teams, and individuals throughout California can play a vital role in improving lives and transforming health outcomes. Together, we can make our state of care, ACEs Aware.”