``ACEs are not destiny!``
Adversity experienced in early life can negatively impact a child’s development and increase their risk for serious health conditions later in life. Screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) allows for early detection of toxic stress and hence, early intervention.
An ACEs Update
Under the guidance of California’s Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris and the ACEs Aware Initiative, the national ACE Resource Network has launched a campaign The Story of Your Number. This campaign was established to increase awareness and understanding of ACEs and its relation to toxic stress. By helping us understand our ACE history through categories of abuse, neglect and household challenges, Number Story hopes to provide insight and education, promote healing and prevention, and to disrupt the transmission of ACEs down to future generations. They are here to remind us that we are not defined by our number and no one’s experience is the same, but together we can empower individuals and communities nationwide to change their story and create positive and healthy outcomes for themselves and their future.
To learn more about the Number Story campaign, head to NumberStory.org.
What Is A Number Story?
The Statewide ACEs Aware initiative
As San Diego grantees, the Social Policy Institute has partnered with the Academy of Pediatrics Chapter 3 (AAP-CA3) to provide opportunities for pediatric providers, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders, to come together as regional Networks of Care, laying a foundation for mutual understanding and trust, and build effective working relationships.
ACEs are very common. In fact, here is what the situation looks like in California.
SPI’s efforts are multipronged; in addition to building and facilitating the Network of Care sessions across San Diego county, the SPI team works to increase ACEs Awareness through strategic communications, in close collaboration with our partners at the YMCA of San Diego and the AAP-CA3. We focus on trauma-informed family engagement and ACEs screening awareness, providing targeted and practical materials and tools for providers to help build protective factors that can buffer the effects of toxic stress resulting from traumatic experiences.
In The End
SPI has been working on this initiative since July 2020 and is actively involved with all other ACEs Aware partners in San Diego and Imperial County. Our main goal is to raise awareness of ACEs in San Diego county and to create sustainable regional networks of care that will create positive impact for children and families.
“The ACEs Aware Campaign launched in California exemplifies a prevention model. The developing regional Networks of Care in San Diego, led by the Social Policy Institute and the AAP-CA3, focus on family-centric opportunities and healing-centered resources for families during the well-child visits at the Pediatrician’s office. It is profoundly uplifting to participate in San Diego’s ACEs Aware network convenings with the Pediatricians and service providers engaging, real-time, on behalf of families’ needs. You can feel the threads of intentional connectivity evolving with the bridging of trauma-informed services providers and agencies engaging with the Pediatricians. A paradigm shift, healing-centered collective impact is gaining traction throughout California.”
– Dana Brown, Organizational Liaison, ACEs Connection