By: Emily J. Wilson, MPH, MS, CHES, Stoneleigh Emerging Leader Fellow
Last week at the Independence Visitors Center, over 165 thought leaders, practitioners, and key stakeholders working to address adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in health care, human services, education, and other child and family-serving systems converged in Philadelphia for the National Summit on ACEs. The Summit took place over the course of two days, beginning on Monday, May 13th and wrapped up on Tuesday evening, May 14th.
The Summit was hosted by the Institute for Safe Families (ISF), and was funded by generous support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Other national sponsors included the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Academy on Violence and Abuse, Futures Without Violence, the National Council for Behavioral Health, Prevent Child Abuse America, and the Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation. In addition, local sponsors included The Stoneleigh Foundation, The Center for the Urban Child at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Health Partners of Philadelphia, Multiplying Connections (a program of the Health Federation of Philadelphia), the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, SCAN, and Prevent Child Abuse PA.
The National Summit on ACEs featured a packed agenda of presentations and discussions over the two-day schedule led by researchers, advocates, and health providers currently engaged in ACEs research, policy change, education, practice implementation, and community integration. Summit participants had multiple opportunities to learn more about the advancements of the ACEs framework currently taking place in over a dozen states, engage in thoughtful roundtable discussions on a range of ACE-related topics, and to network with leaders and colleagues from across the nation. All Summit guests were asked to come together as a collective thought body over the two days of the event and create concrete action steps for moving the ACEs work forward both on a national level and within their own communities.
Summit proceedings and presentations are available on ISF’s Summit updates webpage, and we encourage you to keep following us on Twitter and at the ISF Blog for more exciting news, analysis, and calls for action on moving the ACEs framework forward. ISF was pleased and honored to welcome all of our guests to Philadelphia for the National Summit on ACEs, and we would like to especially thank our generous sponsors and community partners.