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January 16, 2020

California launches first-of-its-kind Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Screening Initiative

Type: News Tags: Adverse Childhood Experiences, Pediatrics, Education, Screening

California Surgeon General Nadine Burke Harris, M.D., and Karen Mark, M.D., Medical Director at the state Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), recently unveiled an initiative to address the public health crisis of toxic stress from childhood trauma. Called theĀ ACEs Aware initiative, it is a first-of-its-kind statewide effort for California health care providers to screen patients for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) that increase the likelihood of ACE-associated health conditions due to toxic stress.

California is offering provider training to screen pediatric and adult patients for 10 categories of ACEs, which include abuse, neglect and household dysfunction. The two-hour online curriculum will be easy to access for a wide range of health care professionals and will provide continuing medical education (CME) and maintenance of certification (MOC) credits.