Building a Network of Care among providers in our community
The ACEs Aware initiative in California is a first-in-the nation effort to screen patients for Adverse Childhood Experiences(ACEs) to help improve and save lives.
First 5 Kern, through Resilient Kern (Trauma-Informed Kern County) is working with ACEs Aware to expand a countywide Network of Care that will support local Medi-Cal providers to screen for ACEs and, where needed, connect with local community partners to meet the non-medical needs of families.
Learn more about recent local news and how to join the effort.
ACEs Aware Kern County is an effort led by First 5 Kern that aims to bring community partners together to promote increased screenings for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in Kern County clinical settings.
Networking, trainings, listening sessions—be a part of the conversation.
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris
California Surgeon General
Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris’ 2014 TEDTalk remains a seminal moment in our understanding of how repeated traumatic stress during childhood has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain that unfolds across a lifetime.
ACEs are Adverse Childhood Experiences. Our ACE historycounts experiences of abuse, neglect and householdchallengest that happend to us as children. But thatnumber does not define us. It is simply an entry point toour own personal story. Where it leads is up to you.