ACEs Toolkit

Understanding the Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

“ACEs” is used to describe stressful or traumatic experiences that disrupt the safe, stable, and nurturing environments needed to thrive during childhood. ACEs contribute to most of our country’s physical, mental, economic, and social health issues.

The ACEs Toolkit is a repository of resources related to ACEs, Trauma, and our state’s Building Strong Brains and Resilient Tennessee initiatives. The intent is for this Toolkit to provide individuals and families that experience disabilities with comprehensive current and historical information about ACEs to spread awareness and inform our constituents about the impact of ACEs on individuals, families, and society, and strategies for ameliorating the impact of ACEs on children, adults, and families.

The Toolkit is divided into a handful of categories: PowerPoint and Other Presentations on ACEs and Trauma; Informational Videos; ACEs and Tennessee; and National ACEs Resources. It is our intention to keep the Toolkit updated with new and additional resources as they become available.

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ACEs in Tennessee

Adverse Childhood Experiences in Tennessee: Fact, not Fate
   Source: TN Department of Health

Building Strong Brains / TN ACEs
   Source: TN Department of Children’s Services

County Profiles of Child Well-Being in Tennessee
   Source: TN Commission on Children and Youth

The Economic Cost of ACEs in Tennessee
   Source: The Sycamore Institute

Resilient TN Initiative
   Source: TN Commission on Children and Youth

Strong Roots Grow a Strong Nation: Tennessee Fact Sheet
   Source: Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI)

TN Health Ranking for Prevalence of ACEs
   Sources: America’s Health Rankings United Health Foundation

More Information on ACEs

ACEs Aware Initiative on ACEs Screening and Impact
   Source: ACEs Aware Initiative, California Surgeon General’s Clinical Advisory Committee

ACEs and Toxic Stress: Frequently Asked Questions
   Source: Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University

Adverse Childhood Experience Questionnaire for Adults
   Source: ACEs Aware Initiative, California Surgeon General’s Clinical Advisory Committee

Adverse Childhood Experiences Resources
   Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Multilingual Trauma Resources
   Source: Child Mind Institute

Protective Factors and Adverse Childhood Experiences
   Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Videos & Webinars

Benefits of One-Page Profiles – A Great, Easy Tool to Help with Transitions Webinar
   Source: TNSTEP

Building Strong Brains Videos
   Source: TN Department of Children’s Services 

Creating Safe and Supportive Schools for ALL Students Webinar
   Source: TNSTEP

Impact of ACEs Video 
   Source: KPJR Films

Meet School Resource Officer Russell Video 
   Source: Clackamas County Sheriff’s Department

School Resource Officer Sings ‘Rainbow Connection’ to Student Video
   Source: ABC News

School Resource Officer Talks About Impactful Training on Supporting Students with
Disabilities Video

   Source: TNSTEP

Still Face Experiment Video
   Source: Dr. Edward Tronick, UMass Boston’s Infant-Parent Mental Health Program 

We Can Prevent ACEs Video 
   Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

What Families Need to Know to Work Together with SROs for Student Success Webinar
   Source: TNSTEP