ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences)
The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study brought cohesion and synergy to work throughout Washington state with its finding that the cumulative stress of ACEs are the most powerful determinate of the public’s health and the strongest common driver of mental, physical and behavioral health costs.
What are ACEs and why are they important? - Summary
Adverse Childhood Experiences: Interviews with the Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Development, Faith, K-12 Public Education, and Public Health Communities - Report prepared by Clegg & Associates documenting sector specific supports to continue generating interest and action related to ACE prevention and mitigation.
Real World Applications - Summary and An Evening at Safe Harbor (crisis nursery)
"Call it emergency cuddling. ACEs does provide Safe Harbor (crisis nursery) staff members with insights into some of the behaviors they observe and scientific authentication of their methods." Matthew D. Taylor
Adverse Childhood Experience & Population Health in Washington: The Face of a Chronic Public Health Disaster (full report) - Results from the 2009 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
"Our society has bought into a set of misconceptions. Here are a few: ACEs are rare and they happen somewhere else. They are perpetrated by monsters. Some, or maybe most, children can escape unscathed, or if not, they can be rescued and healed by emergency response systems. Then these children vanish from view...and randomly reappear - as if they are new entities - in all of your service systems later in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood as clients with behavioral, learning, social, criminal, and chronic health problems." Robert Anda, MD, MS
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Introduction and Power Point
The Family Policy Council's Adverse Childhood Experiences train-the-trainer program has equipped Washington State residents with actionable skills to disseminate powerful brain research and epidemiology to make a difference in how we better support those who need the most support and dial down the impact of adverse childhood experiences in younger and forthcoming generations.
External Information Guiding Internal Research - Adverse Childhood Experiences Study Publications by Health Outcome
There are well over one hundred peer-reviewed articles from the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study. Publications on the website link adverse childhood experiences to a range of health outcomes.
General capacity refers to skills, characteristics, and the overall functioning associated with the ability to implement or improve any innovation. At its core general community capacity is the ability of the community to identify and address or prevent existing problems (Flaspohler, 2008). Communities are capacity building when they are continuously and collaboratively learning and improving their ability to function effectively. Multi-solution communities with multi-sector partnerships are able to respond to multiple problem behaviors through strategic and shared focus, collaborative leadership, innovation and learning, setting high standards and measuring results. This occurs simultaneously among individuals, organizations and the community as a whole.
Community Capacity Development Model - Implementation Guide
Community Capacity Development Model - Diagram
Differential Help to Fit Unique Community Conditions Paper
All communities are "ready to benefit." Every community is changing all the time. The Family Policy Council considers two factors when matching supports to a community: general community capacity and problem severity. Due to community variance in both community capacity to solve problems and problem serverity the Family Policy Council model for helping communities provides for different kinds of assistance in each of four clusters of communities: passive, in crisis, persistent and thriving.
Community Context 2009-2011 Community Network Report Summaries
"I am very impressed by the depth of information Community Context reports provide, the community-mindedness that they cultivate, and use of data to challenge mental models. The template requires the community to balance existing institutional data with local community wisdom to elicit open-minded thinking rather than a perfunctory response to funders. I am particularly struck by how far this format has evolved from the initial needs assessment processes in 1994." Jane Reisman, Ph.D.
Effects of Higher Community Capacity Among Young Adults: Fewer Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Higher Social / Emotional Support and Better Health - Paper
Major findings include:
- Rates of mental, behavioral and physical disorders are lower in higher capacity communities among young adults, ages 18-34.
- The lower rates of disorders are partly due to reductions in ACEs and increases in social and emotional support associated with higher community capacity among young adults, ages 18-34.
Adverse Experiences and Academic, Social & Health Impact - Fact Sheet
Social-Normative Changes in Rural High Risk Counties with High Community Capacity that Accounted for Decreases in Youth Substance Use from 2000 - 2008 - Paper
How do High Risk Counties Protect All Youth? - Fact Sheet
Building Community Capacity, Reducing Rates - Summary, Paper, Presentation
School Dropout Reduction Case Studies
Every community working on school dropout reduction uses a unique array of strategies to bring about positive change. The four Community Networks selected for case studies because of their progress in reducing school dropout rates are no exception.
Severity and Capacity Mapping - Data Sheets
Communities vary in their resources and the difficulties facing children and families. The Family Policy Council is working to understand the dynamics that may be contributing to geographic concentrations of problems. In the Severity and Capacity Mapping Project, we are asking ourselves: How might the state become a better partner with communities experiencing multiple major social problems, as we work to improve the lives of children and families?
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Education Plan 2009 - 2014
Returning Veterans - Welcome Home Guide and References
Nearly every day, American veterans arrive home from Iraq or Afghanistan. The environment they return to makes a real difference in how the transition home goes. War zone veterans, their families and their communities would benefit from everyone getting involved and creating a welcoming, thoughtful and helpful environment.
Thriving Families Framework
Strategic Action for Improving Determinates of Health - Timeline *Updated!
With modest investment over time, Washington State leaders are producing reductions in the rates of major social problems associated with, or proxy for, Adverse Childhood Experience.
Local Alignment for Thriving - Resource Map (Blank 11" x 17")
The Family Policy Council Community Networks uniquely and strategically align resources locally to work across problems and across systems to maximize every resource for success. This graphic lists many of the diverse and available state resources. Resources can be highlighted to visualize current alignment and potential for future alignment. This is an example of the kinds of tools Community Networks are working with.
The Family Policy Council - Community Network Partnership Explained
Local Context - Teaching Ourselves How to Fish: "Relocalizing" Youth Development, Greater Okanogan Community Network (2005)
"At the core, it's about reaching out to each other and taking care of each other. And that is hard work. But to future generations, this will be the only work that will have mattered."
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A Smart Investment - A Community Network Coalition Publication
Projected Case Load and Long Term Savings Summary and Technical Notes
The Family Policy Council Community Networks increase resources - $7 private and local for every $1 state - and reduce caseloads - valued at $55.87 million this biennium - in out-of-home placements, health costs associated with births to mothers ages 10 to 17, dropping out of school, and juvenile felony crime.
News Bulletin: Stunning Success from a Small Investment - Front | Back
Special Report 1: Working Together Through Tough Times - Front | Back
Special Report 2: Ready for Rapid Response - Front | Back
The Clamorings of the People: A Budget-Building Fairy Tale - Web Version and Booklet Format (Print double-sided and fold in half)
SHORT SESSION (Even Years)
Washington State Supplemental Budget Setting Process Guide
LONG SESSION (Odd Years)
Washington State Budget Setting Process Guide
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Operational Orientation Power Point
Review of Community Efforts - Summary and Field Guide
TRIBAL NETWORK MATERIALS
ACEs and Adaptations Overview 10-22-10 Power Point
Michele Sam 10-22-10 Power Point