The Institute for Safe Families (ISF), a Philadelphia based non-profit organization dedicated to preventing family violence and child abuse, has been awarded a $156,120 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to investigate the extent of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) among Philadelphians and to plan for a sustainable ACE-informed care infrastructure.
The RWJF grant will strengthen work being done by the ISF-led Philadelphia ACE Task Force. Over the next year, the task force will be developing assessment and intervention strategies for families who have been exposed to adverse experiences, such as abuse, witnessing violence, persistent poverty, or having a parent with mental illness or substance abuse.
The work of the task force is guided by the ongoing ACE Study, which is coordinated by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study demonstrates that toxic stress and traumatic childhood experiences can lead to significant social, emotional and cognitive impairments; chronic diseases and unhealthy behaviors across the life span. By educating professionals and community members about the ACE Study, and facilitating partnerships between practitioners and major thought leaders in the field, ISF is emerging as the regional think tank for ACErelated research, policy and practice.
The ACE Task Force, a partnership between practitioners, public health leadership and advocates, is co-chaired by: Sandra Bloom, MD, Associate Professor of Health Management and Policy and Co-Director of the Center for NonViolence and Social Justice at Drexel University; Joel Fein, MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, Attending Physician in the Division of Emergency Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, and Director of the Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center; and Lee Pachter, DO, Chief of General Pediatrics and Associate Chair for Community Pediatrics at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and Professor of Pediatrics at Drexel University’s College of Medicine.
"This grant from the RWJF represents an investment in our city and an amazing opportunity for Philadelphia"