2nd annual ACEs Conference: Building Community Resilience

May 17, 2023
8:00 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.
Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center

First 5 Kern is proud to announce the details for the 2nd annual ACEs Conference, on May 17, 2023 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This in-person event will take place at the Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center in downtown Bakersfield. The program includes a keynote address from Horacio Sanchez, an author, instructor, and President and CEO of Resiliency Inc. There will be breakout sessions led by local and regional leaders, a catered lunch and continental breakfast.

Presenting sponsor

Additional partners

Valley Childrens Healthcare

Kern Family Health Care

Kern County Superintendent of Schools


Promoting Resiliency to Cultivate Resilient Communities
Presenter: Horacio Sanchez
Learn the positive chemical impact of relationship on brain function, decision-making and behavior; identify the specific factors the brain subconsciously monitor when formulating impressions of others, and discover critical protective factors for promoting homeostasis and enabling change.
*CEU eligible



Neurobiology of Early Trauma: A Neurosequential Model to Promote the Brain’s Resilience
Presenter: Dr. Mario Venegas
Provide an understanding of the effects adverse childhood experiences have on early brain development and how these implications associate with social, emotional, and behavioral functioning in children.
*CEU eligible  

Promoting ACEs Screening in Community Health Centers: An Update on Pilot Project at Omni Family Health
Presenter: Dr. Anuradha Rao
Discuss unique challenges of incorporating ACE screenings in the health care setting, sharing lessons learned and best practices, as well as working with special populations.
*CEU eligible  

Trauma-Informed Care: Principles in Everyday Practice
Presenter: Stephanie Guzman
Describe and identify the importance of creating a trauma lens to your work; learn to assess and identify toxic stress effects on children, youth and adults and connect it to other health impairments; discuss how to apply interventions that support safety and resilience
*CEU eligible  

Positive Childhood Experiences
Presenter: Janelle Goh
This workshop will identify and explore the positive childhood experiences that can counterbalance any adversity some children experience.   We hope to have a very interactive discussion on what we as a community can do to create these opportunities and educate parents on what they are doing right!




Registration for the conference is now open, and the event cost is $25. Seating is limited to just 300 participants. Registration includes a continental breakfast, catered lunch, and a gift bag.

About Keynote Speaker Horacio Sanchez

Horacio Sanchez is the President and CEO of Resiliency Inc., an agency leader in helping schools improve school climate, instruction, and discipline. Horacio is recognized as one of the nation’s prominent experts on promoting student resiliency and applying brain science to improve school outcomes. The Maladaptive Council (Academy of Science) recognizes him as a leading authority on emotional disorders and resiliency. He is a highly sought-after speaker and has keynoted many national conferences.

Horacio has been a teacher, administrator, clinician, mental health director, and consultant to the Department of Education in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and other states. His diverse education and background have helped him to merge research, science, and practice. Horacio sits on True Health Initiative Council of Directors, a coalition of more than 250 world-renowned health experts, committed to educating on proven principles of lifestyle as medicine. He has authored several articles and books on the topics of resiliency, closing the achievement gap, and applying neuroscience to improve educational practices and outcomes. He is the author of the best-selling book, The Education Revolution published by Corwin Press, which applies brain science to improve instruction, behaviors, and school climate.