Michigan ACE Initiative at the Traverse City Film Festival

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are getting plenty of attention in northern Michigan. Members of the first cohort of the Michigan ACE Initiative have been very active in the northern lower peninsula and in doing so have touched lives of many. They’ve spoken to schools, parents, law enforcement, the medical community, the opioid symposium, partner agencies including Great […]

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Opinion: Learn the lessons of the past to help children in our care

Originally published by The Detroit News It is common to hear ‘History repeats itself’ and unfortunately I see it happening in the area of immigration. After separating many children from their parents at our nation’s borders the government seems to be solely focused on reunification. While that is an important part of the process it will […]

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State Public Health Strategies for Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences

Originally published by  Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are stressful or traumatic events during childhood where continual exposure to stressors in the absence of nurturing relationships, known as toxic stress, can damage a child’s developing brain. For this reason, ACEs are a major risk factor for poor early brain development. […]

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How Poverty Changes the Brain

Originally published by The Atlantic  You saw the pictures in science class—a profile view of the human brain, sectioned by function. The piece at the very front, right behind where a forehead would be if the brain were actually in someone’s head, is the pre-frontal cortex. It handles problem-solving, goal-setting, and task execution. And it works […]

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Study shows most pregnant women and their doctors like ACEs screening

Would pregnant women participate in surveys from their doctors asking them about whether they had experienced trauma in their childhood? In surveying moms-to-be at two Northern California Kaiser sites, clinicians discovered that the women were receptive to filling out an adverse childhood experiences (ACE) survey, according to a study that was published earlier this year […]

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