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.

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.

Helpful Links from ACE Educator Program

Presentation Offerings ›
View a description of the presentation components that we offer. These can be presented individually or in combination with the others to customize training length and content.

Data on Childhood Adversity ›
Explore data on adverse family experiences from the National Survey of Children's Health.

Contact us to Learn More

To schedule a presentation, become a presenter, or connect with an educator near you, contact Alissa Luis Yates at Alissa.LuisYates@la.gov or 504-568-3398.