Since August 2006, a group of individuals and organizations have met regularly to review the 1998 ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Study and work collaboratively to develop a community wide interACE Four-Pronged Intervention Planvention plan to impede the progression of negative health and mental health implications of the ACE factors. The ACE Study was led by Co-principal Investigators Robert F. Anda, MD, MS, and Vincent J. Felitti, MD, and funded by Kaiser Permanente and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The ACE Study is one of the largest scientific research studies of its kind, analyzing the relationship between multiple categories of childhood trauma (ACEs), and health and behavioral outcomes later in life. In 2009, the Stop ACEs Committee received a small federal grant through the Administration of Children & Families to begin a formalized ACE community intervention plan targeted at four areas:
Increasing the public’s knowledge of ACEs and their potential lifelong negative impact on physical and mental health through marketing and education.
Supporting programs and services that promote “protective factors” or traits and community and family supports that enable individuals to adapt to and counter negative experiences.
Educating professionals about ACEs and their lifelong consequences through conferences and presentations. A presentation on the ACE study is available to area professionals and local agencies upon request.
Maximizing and partnering with existing community resources and seeking new opportunities to advance the ACE initiative.