Learn About the ACEs initiative and how it is relevant to your practice and everyday life!

 

In July 2020, AAP California Chapter 1 received $75,000 in grant funds from the Office of the California Surgeon General (CA-OSG) and the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to participate in the state’s ACEs Aware initiative. AAPCA1 views the ACEs Aware Communications Grant as a valuable opportunity to address the ongoing and increased trauma our families and providers suffer during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have witnessed disruptions in the supportive relationships with families as routine well-visits, the anticipated setting for ACEs screening and counseling, have dropped, and community structures and support services for children and families have dramatically declined. We see our proposed communication strategy as a way to enrich our trusted partnerships with families, address traumas, and reconnect families to their medical homes and community programs. Isra Uz-Zaman MS, Renee Wachtel MD and Diane Dooley MD wrote the grant and serve as the steering committee members for this initiative.

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ACEs Aware Implementation Guide

Reference this guide to get your practice on board with attestation and ACEs screening in a step by step guide that includes valuable references every step of the way.

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Need Help Getting Started? Assess Your Familiarity with ACEs

Getting Started
I am unfamiliar with ACEs, and would like to learn more about what it is and how I can best address it among the patients I practice on. Covered topics include Building Resilience and Toxic Stress.
Deeper Dive
I know what ACEs is, but am a bit uncertain on how to screen for these factors and ask about them. Covered topics include Trauma-Informed Care and How to Screen for ACEs.
Advanced
I feel comfortable with my knowledge of ACEs, but want to learn how to best engage other practices to implement ACEs informed care in a sustainable way. Covered topics include Referrals & Follow Up and ACEs Screening in Practice.

Events: AAPCA1 Chapter Chats

June 9, 2021: AAPCA1 Storytelling Night

May 11, 2021 Building Resilient Families through Trauma-Informed Care

February 10, 2021 Healing the Healer: Practicing What We Preach Chapter Chat

December 16, 2020 Chapter Chat: ACEs Training and COVID-19

Resources

Here are some highlights of monthly webinars and blogs focused on supporting families during this difficult time:
Blog by Dr. Hilary M. Bowers MD – 9/23/2020
Useful short summary of strategies for sharing stress management tips with families.
Introductory 90-minute webinars are available on their site to support health care providers in identifying their own patterns that can either enhance or limit their resilience and ability to maintain personal balance.
Additionally, Dovetail offers "We are Resilient"TM Webinars and courses to learn how to share practical skills to families for resilience and social and emotional learning.
This informational sheet covers an overview of what Adverse Childhood experiences are, how they cause stress in our patients and families, and what pediatricians can do to help.
AAP California Chapters and ACEs Aware webpage now available on PACEs Connection!
Join the community here. The purpose of this site is to serve as a collaborative and informative space for AAP California chapters to share their resources, events, and local efforts related to the ACEs Aware grant. We want to promote an experience catered to our California pediatric community that is niched to those interests and concerns. We invite all AAP California chapters to engage with, update, and share ACEs related information on this page so that it can be a mutually beneficial space for all. This is also an opportunity for your chapter to improve attendance at your ACEs sponsored events, learn and share new resources, and foster cross-chapter event collaborations.
  • Provide guidance regarding best practices in the prevention of, primary care interventions for, and community resources addressing adverse childhood experiences
  • Develop the messaging, materials and testimonials relevant to the grant.  The think-tank will be consulting with Berkeley Media Studies in this effort
  • Meet twice a month virtually on Tuesday afternoons with other think-tank members. Meetings will probably decrease to once a month starting in January. Members will be expected to attend 80% of these meetings.
  • Contribute time to the ACEs Aware communications effort by dedicating time to contributory projects between meetings.  
  • Convene one Chapter wide virtual Chat on a core principle or skill of trauma-informed care

In addition to the Steering Committee and the two pediatricians selected, the Think Tank consists of one member representing the Chapter’s ASHEW grant and one representing the Chapter CAPET committee.

Members

Diane Dooley, MD, MHS, FAAP

is an associate clinical professor of Family and Clinical Medicine at UCSF and Chair of the AAP Chapter 1 Mental Health Committee.

Renee Wachtel, MD, FAAP

is a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician and Chair of CAC1AAP Committees on School Health and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics.

Casey L. Brown, MD, MPH, FAAP

is a child abuse pediatrician in the Bay Area who specializes in the prevention, education, and treatment of children with suspected abuse and neglect.

Omoniyi Omotoso, MD,MPH, FAAP

is a pediatrician passionate about fostering trauma-healing and culturally aware medical homes in his role as Pediatric Associate Medical Director at Life Long Medical Care serving children in Contra Costa and Alameda counties.

Deirdre Bernard-Pearl, MD, FAAP

is the Pediatric Medical Director at Santa Rosa Community Health where she introduced ACEs screening and Trauma-Informed Care in 2014 with a Healthy Tomorrows Grant and is currently serving on the ACEs Aware Clinical Implementation Subcommittee through the California Office of the Surgeon General.

Miriam Rhew, MD, MPH, FAAP

is a pediatrician and Medical Director at UBCP Bancroft Pediatrics.

The Circle meets virtually every other month to:

  • Provide support for the grant activities
  • Offer feedback and suggestions on grant messaging, materials, Chapter chats and testimonials.
  • Strategize on and support partnerships to amplify the grant messages and impact.
  • Assist in integrating the messaging and activities from this grant into present and future Chapter programs and priorities

Members

Brad D. Berman, MD, FAAP

Katherine Broner, MD, FAAP

Linda Copeland, MD

Julia Danser, DO, FAAP

Melissa Kelly Egge, MD, FAAP

Suzanne Frank, MD, FAAP

Tiffani L. Johnson, MD, MSC, FAAP

Aparna Kota, MD, MPH, FAAP

Dorothy Meneses-Samson, MD, FAAP

Priya Pathak, MD

Michelle Perez, MD

Contact Aliza Newman, Project Coordinator, projectcoordinator@aapca1.org for further information.