Bay Area Early Childhood Funders


ACES Aware Initiative


Update on CA’s Trauma-Informed Systems Transformation

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH, FAAP

On April 24, 2024, ECF hosted, in collaboration with the LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, who provided an update on trauma-informed work in California and what more needs to be done to shore up the health care, provider, and community systems. Facilitated by Parker Blackman, co-executive director of the LA Partnership, Dr. Harris shared jaw-dropping data on the impact of ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) on young children, the cost of not addressing and mitigating this impact, and the importance of providing funding for and training providers to screen for and detect problems early thereby enabling early intervention and treatment. California is the first state in the country to use Medi-Cal dollars to reimburse for ACES screening and early detection. Through the AES Aware Initiative and Trauma Informed Clinical Care and Network of Care Coordination, over 35,000 providers have been trained to identify, screen and respond to ACES and toxic stress. Current funding ends in 2025 so efforts are underway to strengthen ACEs Aware as the foundation of CA’s trauma-informed systems transformation.

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