California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the launch of a new Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) public awareness campaign to provide useful information to Californians and inform them of actions they can take to further prevent the spread of the virus. The campaign is anchored by a new, consumer-friendly website that highlights critical steps people can take to stay healthy and resources available to Californians impacted by the outbreak, including paid sick leave and unemployment assistance.
Prolonged stress can have life-threatening consequences not only for adults but also for children. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can predispose them to any number of health problems later in life. In 2020, California is allocating $105 million to promote screening for ACEs, which have been shown to trigger toxic stress responses and epigenetic changes linked to a variety of health problems.
Dr. Mary Wilde recounts how learning about ACEs and toxic stress led her to be a better physician and gives a passionate call to action to “care for ourselves and each other.”
Insights from Alexandra Crosswell, an assistant professor of psychiatry at UCSF, and her colleagues help us better understand the ways in which our brains and bodies are besieged by all kinds of stress — from global pandemics to more routine experiences, such as caregiving for an elderly relative or constantly feeling unsafe in a high-crime neighborhood.
Last September the California Campaign to Counter Childhood Adversity (4CA) conducted a survey with providers, community organizations, and organizations specializing in trauma-informed practices. Read the ACEs Connection summary of the results and recommendations of where we go from here.
The Center for Care Innovations (CCI) and its partners are now accepting applications for the California ACEs Learning and Quality Improvement Collaborative (CALQIC), a new program that will support clinics in screening for and responding to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in children and adults. Applications are due Tuesday, March 30.
Dr. Karen Mark, Medical Director of the California Department of Health Care Services, talks about the importance of ACE screening.
In the mid-2000s, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris opened a children’s medical clinic in the Bayview section of San Francisco, one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. She quickly began to suspect something was making many of her young patients sick. Read Newsweek Magazine’s cover story on the increasingly recognized public health crisis of Adverse Childhood Experiences and what health care leaders around the nation are doing to address it.
Harvard Public Health, the magazine of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, explores how California’s first surgeon general, Nadine Burke Harris, MPH ’02, is carrying out the visionary agenda she has brought to medical care: finding the roots of disease in childhood adversity and treating the long-term consequences.
65% of adults in Modesto County have a history of at least one adverse childhood experience (ACE) and it’s likely the rate is similar for children. Read how encouraging providers to screen for ACEs will promote healing and improve health outcomes for California’s children, as well as how the ACEs Aware initiative utilizes existing systems of care to support the increasing need for mental health services and providers.