The Community Health Services Division “ACEs Collaborative” group is featured in the current issue of “Northwest Public Health,” published by the University of Washington’s Northwest Center for Public Health Practice. ACEs stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences, and refers to an influential study on the impacts of childhood trauma on lifelong health. From the ACEs study, a body of learning has emerged nationally that challenges agencies and organizations to understand the impacts of trauma and help build resiliency.
The article, entitled “Hope and Healing: Training a Workforce to Better Support Health,” describes the staff-led work of the Collaborative over the past several years. They defined core principles, goals, and a shared framework; assessed training needs in the division; and began building staff awareness, knowledge and skill around trauma informed and resilience-promoting practices. The ACEs Collaborative group continues to meet regularly. Public Health is building on this work at the departmental level with support from a new Kresge Foundation grant, as well as through the Best Starts for Kids initiative in partnership with DCHS.