Michigan ACE Initiative conference highlights

For the past several weeks I have had “writers block” and  I wanted to immediately communicate with folks following our May conference. I was (and still am) basking in the energy, networking and statewide interest in our Initiative, took some time off to “recharge” and began quiet discussions regarding our future.  First, some thanks are […]

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Building Resilience, Healing Communities

The following was originally published in the KPJR Films Newsletter The Michigan ACE initiative hosted the largest convening of ACEs professionals in the state of Michigan. Dr. Robert Anda, Co-Principal Investigator of the original ACEs study, Co-Founder ACE Interface and also featured in RESILIENCE, opened the conference and introduced keynote speaker, Christina Bethell, PhD, MBA, MPH, Professor, Bloomberg […]

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If You Build It, They Will Come

One of my all-time favorite movies is Field of Dreams.  The premise of this movie is for a farmer to plow under his corn field and build a baseball diamond in order for the “ghosts of baseball” to come and play.  Having visited the site of this movie in Iowa and playing on that field, […]

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Raising the Bar

 Many in our Michigan ACE Initiative Community have been involved for a number of years—and kudos to these early pioneers.  Progress is slow but is happening.  Awareness is always the first step as most folks cannot “walk” away from Adverse Childhood Experiences data once they see it.  This awareness needs to be continually provided and […]

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Half of U.S. Children with Mental Health Disorders Are Not Treated

Originally published by University of Michigan Health Nearly 7.7 million children and teens in the country – about one in seven –  have at least one treatable mental health disorder, including depression, anxiety or ADHD, new research finds. But half of these young people did not receive needed treatment from a mental health professional in 2016, […]

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