ACEs Aware Initiative
Encouraging routine screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences and trauma-informed care in California.
What We Did
Launched in 2020 by the California Office of the Surgeon General and the Department of Health Care Services, the ACEs Aware initiative is a first-in-the-nation effort to screen patients for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) to help improve and save lives.
By the end of 2021, the ACEs Aware initiative had transitioned to a new organizational home within the University of California, the newly created University of California ACEs Aware Family Resilience Network (UCAAN). UCAAN was tasked with the academic anchoring for the initiative, and as a new initiative with a complex premise, the challenge here was picking up the torch and advancing the goals of a budding organization to get California providers trained to screen for ACEs, a crucial public health issue.
Updating and expanding the initiative’s web presence has been core to promoting and housing the various resources available to healthcare teams who are helping build a trauma-informed California.
This training leads to a more empathetic understanding of the trauma caused by obstacles and difficulties experienced by clients.