The ACEs Aware Initiative & the Catalyst Center

The Catalyst Center is a proud partner and recipient of the ACEs Aware Initiative awards in 2020-2021. Learn more about the upcoming work as the we support the field as a catalytic vehicle to advance trauma-informed communities.

Grant #1:Communications. 

Dissemination of ACEs Aware news,provider training, and engagement opportunities via social media, newsletters,blogs, and conference presentations. Development of videos and written content will articulate patient and family impact stories, lessons learned, stories from community providers, best practices in the behavioral health and primary care provider fields, and quotes from local community leaders, elected officials, and public figures. Additionally, new resources will be promoted including a statewide provider helpline that acts as a nexus of support for the child-serving field throughout the state to ensure providers have adequate guidance around safe implementation and delivery of services for children and families. 

Location: Statewide.

Grant #2: Provider Engagement (Network of Care). 

Ten regional Network of Care convenings throughout California providing education on the ACEs Aware initiative, a panel presentation and discussion on local promising practices in cross-sector collaborations that identify and address ACEs, and creating space for generative dialogue using the “world café” format. This method will allow the facilitators to engage large groups of people in more meaningful ways and dedicate time for individuals to build relationships and strategize across sectors. Through smaller group discussions, participants can identify opportunities, deepen connections, and establish concrete next steps toward formal partnerships.

Location: Ten regions throughout California.

Grant #3: Provider Training(Supplemental). 

A training series for primary care and behavioral health providers on “Advancing Trauma Informed Communities” focused on improving knowledge of and capacity for utilizing community resources for referral. Trainers will share considerations for integrating a service algorithm that clarifies which ACE or cluster of ACE(s) trigger particular service referrals, evidence-informed non-clinical workflows, policy recommendations at the organizational, local and state levels, and strategies for formalizing and sustaining partnerships with community-based organizations and facilitating data sharing. 

Location: Ten regions throughout California.

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