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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that occur when we are young. ACEs and the associated toxic stress they create are the root causes of some of the most common, serious, and costly health and social challenges facing our state. In fact, ACEs are strongly linked to 9 of the 10 leading causes of death in the United States. [ 1 ] [ 2 ] ACEs affect all communities and cross racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, gender, and geographic lines. Two-thirds of us have at least…
Becoming ACEs Aware in California Training The Becoming ACEs Aware in California online training provides free training for clinics to become trauma informed and launch an ACE screening initiative. Completion of the training is required for eligible Medi-Cal providers to be reimbursed for conducting ACE screenings. Take the training >

This case study describes the experience of FPA Women’s Health in getting multi-clinic ACE screening implementation off the ground and provides an example of how to pilot ACE screening at one clinic and then expand to other clinics over time. This case study reinforces the importance ACEs Aware places on ongoing training and education and giving clinicians and staff the tools and language to discuss sensitive issues with patients.

This case study describes the experience of Marin Community Clinics in obtaining buy-in for piloting and designing the implementation process for organization-wide ACE screening. It reinforces the importance ACEs Aware places on developing a robust implementation team, training staff on trauma-informed care and ACE screening, and expanding internal and external resources to respond to ACEs and toxic stress.

The National Council is the nation’s voice of mental health and addiction providers who care for 10 million adults and children. To better address trauma in primary care, Kaiser Permanente and the National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) launched the Trauma-Informed Care Primary Care: Fostering Resilience and Recovery initiative to develop, test, disseminate and scale a field-informed Change Package.