The training program, “Becoming ACEs Aware in California,” is a free, two-hour online training that walks through patient cases for pediatric, internal medicine, family medicine and women’s health providers.
California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris created the ACEs Aware initiative in December 2019, with the help of the state Department of Health Care Services. The idea is to improve health outcomes and break the cycle of intergenerational trauma.
“ACEs Aware trains health care providers on how to recognize a patient who may be at high risk for ACEs and to respond with trauma-informed care,” Burke Harris said in a recent ACEs Aware newsletter. “As the data reflect, we are building a movement of trauma-informed clinical teams in communities across California and will continue to provide evidence-based practices through the ACEs Aware initiative.”
The ACEs Aware initiative will continue to support health care providers and their teams with educational events, clinical ACE resources and a provider toolkit that includes information on how to screen for ACEs and respond with trauma-informed care, the newsletter stated.
Funding for the ACEs Aware initiative comes from Proposition 56 and is part of Governor Gavin Newsom’s “California for All” initiative, which aims to improve health and bolster early interventions for the state’s youngest Californians.