Domestic violence is a learned behavior, and intergenerational trauma has real impacts on youth. To truly stand in solidarity with survivors, we must never lose sight of the hope in preventing violence for generations to come.
adverse childhood experiences
California health officials are gearing up for the launch of a statewide screening effort that aims to help doctors measure children’s exposure to trauma and their risk of related health problems.
Starting Jan. 1, California will become the first state in the nation to reimburse health care providers who screen patients enrolled in the Medi-Cal program for “adverse childhood experiences” or ACEs.
Addressing adverse community experiences, which disproportionately burden communities of color and people with low incomes, must be an essential part of our strategy.
In California, adverse community experiences are the result of underinvestment and disenfranchisement in too many neighborhoods, oftentimes rooted in racism or anti-immigrant bias.
What medical professionals don’t realize is that their medical setting is full of potential “triggers” for people with traumatic experiences. It should be standard practice for medical professionals to screen and assess for trauma in a safe environment.
We’re proposing state legislation to mandate trauma-informed care education in all California medical, dental and nursing programs.