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https://acestoohigh.com/

ACES Too High News is a webpage that provides very readable background information on ACEs, biology of stress, and resilience and that describes the use of ACEs research and tools by individuals and in organizations, communities and statehouses.

The following links from ACES Too High News introduce examples that highlight healing steps we can do on our own, as part of a workplace sensitive to the impact of ACEs on productivity, morale or safety, or that we might encounter in a healthcare setting. Links are provided also to an example of what communities can do and the kinds of things state legislatures are doing to be supportive of ACEs initiatives. They are offered as background on things that we in Harrison County can work together on over time to become a community truly conversant in ACEs.

Individual

I’m not cured, but I am healing

One person’s search and discovery of learning about how ACEs played into finding “a new ability to cope” with the challenging physical realities of her chronic illness with mindfulness and other practices that dismantled psychological distress and anxiety and helped turn down the “Pain Channel” and get back on the “Life Channel.”

https://acestoohigh.com/2016/12/04/im-not-cured-but-i-am-healing/

Organizational

Business leaders in the ACEs science and resilience movement: A different kind of bottom line

Examples of businesses and chambers of commerce that have tuned into ACEs and resilience and looked to find workplace practices that convert into ROI – return on impact of those practices.

https://acestoohigh.com/2016/12/01/business-leaders-in-the-ace-and-resilience-movement-a-different-kind-of-bottom-line/

 

Pediatricians screen parents for ACEs to improve health of babies

The article describes the pilot project done in the Children’s Clinic in Portland, Oregon with six of the clinic’s partners using an ACEs assessment and resilience questionnaire and strength-based approach to supporting parents that led to the clinic’s 27 pediatricians embracing it and the Metropolitan Pediatrics clinic’s 30 doctors putting it to use to provide parenting guidance and resources they otherwise wouldn’t have had.

https://acestoohigh.com/2015/08/03/pediatricians-screen-parents-for-aces-to-improve-health-of-babies/

Community

Heavy childhood trauma ups risk of child/teen suicide 51x; so how does a community prevent it?

We learn that “Early adverse childhood experiences [ACEs] dramatically increase the risk of suicidal behaviors.  ACEs have a strong, graded relationship to suicide attempts during childhood/adolescent and adulthood” and that “One of the ways that communities can begin to prevent suicide is to understand adverse childhood experiences — what they are and how to prevent them…”

https://acestoohigh.com/2013/01/22/heavy-childhood-trauma-ups-risk-of-childteen-suicide-51x-so-how-does-a-community-prevent-it/#more-1861

Statehouse

States produce a bumper crop of ACEs bills in 2017—nearly 40 bills in 18 states

A scan done in March by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), through StateNet, of bills introduced in 2017 that specifically include adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in the text produced close to 40 in 18 states compared to a scan done a year ago that produced less than a handful. The trends included creating task forces or study or review committees: appropriating funds for ACEs prevention; requiring or encouraging providers to use an ACE questionnaire or screening tool; and support for development of pilot projects or initiatives for ACEs prevention

https://acestoohigh.com/2017/04/25/states-produce-a-bumper-crop-of-aces-bills-in-2017-nearly-40-bills-in-18-states/#more-6872

Stay Tuned

Harrison County Home and Public Health is undertaking a staff development effort to enable all our staff to be conversant in ACEs, biology of stress, resilience and ACEs related learning opportunities and information in and around Harrison County. We also will be looking carefully how we can apply ACEs to each of our jobs and to our organization as a whole.

To learn more about our staff development effort contact Pat Hart, PhD, Administrator, Harrison County Home and Public Health at 712-644-2220, jhart@harrisoncountyhealth.org or Mandy Pitt, Administrative Information Specialist, Harrison County Home and Public Health at 712-644-2220, mpitt@harrisoncountyhealth.org

Our Harrison County Home Health nursing staff has begun work on an educational program that draws on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and other leading mindfulness techniques that address stress, anxiety, pain, depression, sleep and other clinical disorders so that we can make those services available to our home health clients.

To learn more about the educational program and when to expect the services to be available contact Denise Dobbs, RN, Home Health Nursing Superviser, at 712-644-3738 or ddobbs@harrisoncountyhealth.org.

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