CSAC Bulletin Article

ACES Aware Initiative Webinar

February 13, 2020

The Office of the California Surgeon General and the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) will host a live informational webinar on Wednesday, February 26, from 12:00 – 1:00 PM. The webinar will provide an overview of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Aware Initiative, why providers should screen for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs); the Medi-Cal certification and payment process; and screening tools, clinical protocols, and resources for providers.

The ACEs Aware Initiative is a California effort to have providers screen for childhood trauma. Research has shown that ACEs may be the underlying cause of significant health conditions associated with toxic stress, such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. The ACEs screening is designed to provide physicians with the important patient history to better determine the likelihood of an increased health risk. The screening will assist providers in delivering trauma-informed care, and connecting patients with the resources and supports necessary to combat physical, behavioral, and environmental health concerns.

Recent budget proposals have equipped state agencies with resources to begin this important work. The 2019-20 budget provided DHCS $40.8 million for ACEs screenings for all Medi-Cal enrollees. The Governor’s 2020-21 budget proposes an investment of $10 million one-time General Fund to develop an adverse childhood experiences campaign and public awareness campaign.

This webinar will be the first of a series of webinars, offering practical information for providers to integrate ACEs screening and response into the everyday workflow. The webinar will feature:

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH – California Surgeon General

Dr. Karen Mark, MD, PhD – Medical Director, Department of Health Care Services

Dr. Melissa Merrick, PhD – President & CEO, Prevent Child Abuse America

Dr. Brigid McCaw, MD, MPH, MS, FACP – Clinical Advisor, ACEs Aware 

Click here to register for this webinar. Please email questions and comments to info@ACEsAware.org.

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