ACE Educator Program
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is the term given to describe all types of abuse, neglect, and other traumatic childhood experiences. Findings from a landmark study by Kaiser Permanente, bolstered by ongoing surveillance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), show that experiencing one or more ACEs is linked to many lifelong health and social problems.
The ACE Educator Program seeks to build community awareness around ACEs, trauma, and resilience science across the state via a robust and well-informed network of trained educators. The Bureau of Family Health provides trainings for small cohorts of volunteers to become ACE Educators, who then offer no-cost presentations to agencies, organizations and community groups across the state of Louisiana. This work is part of a larger effort to develop policies and practices that are informed by an understanding of the lifelong impact of childhood adversity and trauma.
Florida Parishes Regional Cohort Application
The Louisiana ACE Educator Program, the Florida Parishes REACH (REsilience in Action for Community Healing) Coalition, and the Louisiana ACE Initiative are excited to announce recruitment for a cohort of ACE Educators to be trained in the Florida Parishes region.
The online application will be available from March 6 – April 2, 2018. Cohort members will be selected through a blind review process, and applicants will be notified of their selection by May 14, 2018 at the latest. The ACE Educator Training Series will be held on June 6-8, 2018, location to be determined. Recruitment for the training cohort is focused on individuals residing and/or working in the Florida Parishes region (Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington Parishes). The training will be limited to 30 participants, and a limited number of spots are reserved for applicants located statewide.
Schedule a presentation
ACE Educator Program offers ACEs trainings free of charge to organizations and community groups across Louisiana. Our presentation materials have been vetted by experts in the field and are designed to effectively teach audiences across the state about the impact of childhood trauma and promote open, ongoing conversations about these issues.
Presentations are customizable and can be tailored to the needs of your organization. View a description of the components we offer. Depending on the elements you choose, presentations can range in length from 1 hour to a full day.
To schedule a presentation or learn more about the program, contact Alissa Luis Yates at Alissa.LuisYates@la.gov or 504-568-3398.
The Louisiana ACE Initiative
The ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) Educator Program was created through a partnership between the Louisiana Department of Health’s Bureau of Family Health and the Tulane Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, with the support of the Louisiana ACE Initiative. The Louisiana ACE Initiative is a network of child-focused organizations dedicated to creating a common understanding of ACEs within Louisiana communities and educating the child- and family-serving workforce.