The Sounding Board

Last month’s commentary discussed the characteristics of chronic multitype child maltreatment that develops from chronic neglect through two main dynamics: the erosion or collapse of social norms around parenting and gradual loss of control over body, mind, emotions, interpersonal relationships and living conditions due to substance abuse, mood disorders (often co-occurring), and sometimes domestic violence as well, combined with poverty.

Assemblymember Andrew Hevesi trauma


Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi Zeroes in on Preventing Childhood Trauma

Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi is shifting his focus towards preventing early trauma that can compound into a multitude of lifelong problems.

New Texas Law Curtails Power of Pediatricians Contracted by CPS


Top Stories of 2020: ACES Questioned

California is ramping up a $140 million plan to screen many of the state’s children for adverse childhood experiences, often referred to as ACES. The idea was borne of a landmark study from the 1990s that traced several negative life outcomes in adulthood to trauma endured in childhood. But


We Can Reduce Childhood Toxic Stress without ACEs Screening

In a recent article in The Imprint, Karen de Sá and Nadra Nittle reviewed arguments for and against universal pediatric screening for adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, in California. They noted that California Surgeon General Nadine Burke Harris, who has led the push for this plan, recognizes the serious concerns of critics but does not hear alternative proposals from them that might achieve her important goal of reducing toxic stress among children.

New Texas Law Curtails Power of Pediatricians Contracted by CPS


Painful Questions

California is rolling out widespread screening for adverse childhood experiences. Critics question the science, and the consequences, behind that plan.

Friends Mentoring


Mentoring Presents a Real Opportunity in Addressing Childhood Trauma

In the late 1990s, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kaiser Permanente published a landmark study showing that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can have a long-lasting negative impact on a person’s overall health and well-being as they enter adulthood.


    New Report Links Adverse Childhood Experience to Leading Causes of Death

    Earlier this week a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) linked Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) to several leading causes of death in the country, including heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease, diabetes and suicide.


    Kaiser Permanente Investing Millions to Advance Research on Adverse Childhood Experiences

    Last week Kaiser Permanente announced it would invest $2.75 million in research to mitigate the effects of adverse childhood experiences. Kaiser Permanente conducted the original study with the Centers for Disease Control and those findings were published in 1998 linking childhood trauma and poor health outcomes later in life dubbed adverse childhood experiences, commonly referred to as ACEs.


    California Governor Names Nadine Burke Harris as State’s First-Ever Surgeon General

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) named pediatrician Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, a pioneer in the study of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), as the state’s first surgeon general on Monday. Burke Harris is the founder of the San Francisco-based clinic Center for Youth Wellness, serving as its CEO for the past six years.