Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) include abuse, neglect, and family or household changes that create toxic stress during childhood. ACEs have been shown to lead to wide range of chronic diseases and conditions later on in life. The Foundation works to increase community engagement to prevent ACEs, and to reduce the long-term impact of ACEs by supporting resilience and protective factors at the state and local levels, especially in schools.

Under this initiative, the Foundation is working to:

  • Increase the availability of information and strategies about ACEs and resilience.
  • Increase the number of health coalitions that engage in planning and strategies to address ACEs.
  • Support the establishment of a Statewide School Health Coalition to share trauma-informed approaches in schools.

The Foundation’s work in this area builds on a previous grant to the BOUNCE Coalition in Louisville, Kentucky. Learn more here or contact Amalia Mendoza at amendoza@healthy-ky.org, 502-326-2583.