Eisner Health, a federally qualified health center in Los Angeles County, has incorporated trauma-informed principles into both patient care and internal practices since February 2019, resulting in reduced escalations, supported staff wellness, and improved the patient experience across three clinics.
Published work by ACEs Aware grantees across California
ACEs Aware grantees across the state are producing practice papers with promising practices and case studies from providers and communities implementing ACE screening and trauma-informed systems of care.
Working together, we can advance and promote these informed and inspired approaches and leverage them in service of the goal of unlocking the potential of Californians for generations to come. Explore practice papers below.
This paper explores strengths and barriers to administering ACE screening in tribal, urban Indian, and rural clinics. 12 key informant interviews were conducted with tribal, urban Indian, and rural organizations in California. Key informants included clinic directors with decision-making power, providers, and community health workers interacting directly with American Indian/Alaska Native patients and rural community members.
After providing an overview of Adversities, their prevalence, and impact on individuals and communities, this Practice Paper incorporates a case study exploring the increasing prevalence of ACEs after the onset of the pandemic, the relationship between Adversities and mental health diagnoses and functioning, and evidence-based practices linked to improvements in mental health functioning among children who have experienced many Adversities. The paper concludes with a discussion of common challenges and best practices for providers in screening, preventing, and intervening for Adversities based on information gathered from providers through ongoing provider engagement sessions.
This paper focuses on the six-county region in rural Northern California served by the Public Health Institute’s (PHI) Population Health Innovation Lab’s (PHIL) Northern ACEs Collaborative (NAC) where exist some of the highest rates of ACEs per capita in the entire state. Through key-informant interviews, Medi-Cal providers shared barriers for implementing ACE screening and identified factors that helped support screening.