By Emily Wilson, MPH, MS, CHES
Today marked the second and final day of the National Summit on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) at the Independence Visitors Center in Philadelphia. Attendees were again invited to network, learn, and share with a range of partners and experts on ACEs from across the country. Day Two of the National ACEs Summit was filled with reflection, historical tribute, and the harnessing of energy and hope for the future of the ACEs movement.
Dr. Joel Fein, MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and Attending Physician in the Division of Emergency Medicine at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia opened the event for the second day in a row as Summit Facilitator and set the agenda for Day Two’s activities. Next, Dr. Dave Corwin, MD, MPH, Medical Director of the Primary Child Center at the University of Utah School of Medicine and the incoming President of the Academy on Violence and Abuse, and Dr. Sandy Bloom, MD, Associate Professor of Health Management and Policy at the Drexel University School of Public Health and Co-Director of the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice, presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Frank Putnam, MD, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Bloom would later present on creating resilient care systems, and along with Dr. Corwin, offered remarks honoring Dr. Putnam for his achievements and his leadership in the field as the “Father of Developmental Traumatology.” Following this tribute, Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, MD, MS, Ed, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Director of Health Services at Covenant House in Philadelphia, presented on resilience-promotion strategies in addressing ACEs with children and adolescents. Dr. Ginsberg framed the need for resilience-building among children and told Summit participants that “kids live up or down to our expectations,” and that being “problem free is not being fully prepared.”
Following the morning keynotes, Summit attendees heard from an expert panel on community integration of the ACEs framework in practice, including:
- Theresa Barila, MS, Network Coordinator & Founder, Children's Resilience Initiative
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH, CEO, Center for Youth Wellness
- Dr. Roberta Waite, EdD, APRN, CNS-‐BC, FAAN, Associate Professor of Nursing and Assistant Dean of Faculty Integration and Evaluation of Community Programs, The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Macy Faculty Scholar, Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions Interdisciplinary Research Unit, Doctoral Nursing Department
- Dr. Mark Rains, PhD, Psychologist, Vienna Mountain Consulting
- Dr. Linda Chamberlain, PhD, MPH, Founding Director, Alaska Family Violence Prevention Fund and Thomas Scattergood Foundation Inaugural Scholar
Over lunch, Joe Pyle, MA, President of the Thomas Scattergood Foundation presented Jane Stevens Founder and Editor of ACEs Connection, with the first-ever Scattergood Award for ACEs Journalism. Ms. Stevens, who founded ACEs Connection in 2012, presented to attendees after accepting her award on the importance of reporting and ethical leadership in the media on complex health and community issues such as ACEs. Finally, to close Day Two, Susan Dreyfus, President and CEO of Families International and the Alliance for Children and Families delivered a talk on the integration of ACEs in the human service sector and the need for cross-systems collaboration among health, human services, and other partners to move the ACEs work forward.
Presentation slides and other resources from the National ACEs Summit are available on the Institute for Safe Families' website. In addition, more Summit content will be made available, including video recordings, in the future. We want to thank all of our partners and attendees who made this tremendously rich and important event possible!