The ACEs Aware initiative seeks to change and save lives by helping Medi-Cal providers understand the importance of screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and training them to respond with trauma-informed care.
This first-of-its-kind effort to enable early detection and mitigate against the health and societal impacts of ACEs and toxic stress is led by Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, California Surgeon General, and Dr. Karen Mark, Medical Director for the California Department of Health Care Services.
ACEs Aware offers Medi-Cal providers training, screening tools, clinical protocols, and payment for screening children and adults for ACEs. Screening for ACEs, assessing for toxic stress, and responding with evidence-based interventions can significantly improve the health and well-being of individuals and families. The ACEs Aware initiative is part of a statewide effort, to cut Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress in half in one generation.
River City Medical Group is among over 100 Grantees throughout the state working to extend the reach and impact of the initiative. The goal of our ACEs Aware effort is to engage our providers about the impact of ACES on health and provide support, tools and resources to facilitate the implementation of trauma informed care within their practice to address ACEs.