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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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- 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.
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
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
Dorothey Meneses-Samson, MD, FAAP
Priya Pathak, MD
Michelle Perez, MD