ACEs ConnectionCalifornia Campaign to Counter Childhood Adversity
December 6, 2019

NPPC shares lessons learned and results from ACEs screening pilot sites.

Article Laurie Udesky, ACEs Connection writer

For Dr. Mercie Digangi, a pediatrician at Kaiser Southern California in Downey, CA, ACEs screening provided a crystal clear before-and-after in how she changed treatment plans for her pediatric patients, she explained to attendees of a December 2 webinar organized by the National Pediatric Practice Community on ACEs (NPPC) and cosponsored by ACEs Connection.

One case that turned ACEs screening into a never-go-back moment for her was a three-year-old who was speech-delayed. “He basically had three or four words in his vocabulary,” she said. “Before I was screening for ACEs (adverse childhood experiences), I would have said, ‘Let’s go to speech therapy, maybe screen for autism and go from there.’”

But after screening for the boy’s ACEs, Digangi discovered that he had an ACE score of 4 (ACEs Science 101Got your ACE score?). The mother also told Digangi that she and her toddler had left a tumultuous home life with the boy’s father and an uncle. “The father had significant mental illness and was screaming, hallucinating and punching walls for the first two years of the child’s life,” said Digangi. There was domestic violence occurring in the house, and the uncle was using illegal drugs.
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CA Surgeon General and DHCS Launch ACEs Aware Initiative and Website.

Article Gail Kennedy, ACEs Connection

Curious about California moving forward on ACEs screening, and preventing and mitigating toxic stress in California residents?

Beginning January 1, 2020, California will begin reimbursing Medi-Cal providers for their participation in this new statewide effort known as the ACEs Aware Initiative. California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris in partnership with the Department of Health Care Services has launched the ACEs Aware website, which includes…
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California selects UCSF trauma screening tool for statewide initiative to combat adverse childhood experiences.

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has approved the use of a screening tool for Medi-Cal patients that helps pediatricians identify Adverse Childhood…
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Dozens of cabins for homeless women and children proposed next to North Sacramento School.

A long-vacant dirt lot across from Garden Valley Elementary School in the Northgate neighborhood of north Sacramento could soon become the site of 49 cabins sheltering…
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Police shootings of unarmed black people linked to health problems for black infants.

A study of nearly 1,900 fatal police encounters and millions of birth records in California suggests that police killings of unarmed black people may affect the health of black…
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California tries to boost dwindling doctor supply with med school free rides, loan repayments.

Primary care doctors are a hot commodity across California.
Students are being lured by full-ride scholarships to…
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New Trump rule could eliminate food stamps for almost 200,000 Californians.

The rule, finalized Wednesday, is the first of three food stamp cuts. Under all three, roughly 3.7 million Americans, including 625,700 Californians, could lose their assistance in buying…
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Karen Johnson: New Trauma-Informed Primary Care Change Package Now Available!

Bonnie Armstrong: The Challenges and Blessings of My Dissociative Disorder

Danielle Anderson: Hundreds from Humboldt Came Together for the Third Town Hall on ACEs

Dana Brown: APPLY TODAY: Help improve jail conditions in California! (Board of State and Community Corrections) BSCC

Mary Lou Fulton: "Not Going Back" emerged on a drive through the desert near the California-Mexico border

Karen Clemmer: Our Future After the Fire: Non-Profit Donates $1 Million to Help First Responders with Trauma (Action News)

Wendie Skala: Army of ACEs with Nadine Burke-Harris

Amanda Guajardo: The 14th Annual Cynthia Lockhart-Mummery Conference: Building Violence-Free Schools and Communities

Laurie Udesky: San Mateo (CA) launches county initiative to tackle ACEs and build resilience

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