ACE Grant

Michigan’s ACE Initiative

Doctor with girl

The MAHP Foundation received funding from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to support the Creating Healing Communities: A Statewide Initiative to Address Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in Michigan. This initiative is focused on expanding efforts toward a statewide awareness of the Adverse Childhood Experiences and creating a statewide coalition to recommend development of appropriate interventions and state policy; and to provide for the implementation of Medicaid policy for ACE. This program is aimed at benefitting the health and wellness of Michigan’s children.

The ACEs initiative in Michigan will train those who interact with children on a regular basis, including social workers, teachers, community health workers and parents to understand behaviors that exemplify ACEs. This awareness will help children receive assistance from familiar faces within the community.

ACEs Research

The CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations of childhood abuse and neglect. Dr. Robert Anda co-authored this research that demonstrated how adults who experienced abuse and neglect, growing up with domestic violence, substance abuse, mental illness or other stresses could negatively alter a child’s genes and brain.

Adverse Childhood Experiences have been linked to:

  • Risky health behaviors
  • Chronic health conditions
  • Low life potential
  • Early death

Learn more about ACEs and the original ACE study.

To gain a better understanding of ACEs, learn more about the award winning film Resilience and check for upcoming screenings. This documentary reveals how toxic stress can trigger hormones that negatively affect children’s health and puts them at greater risk for disease. The film also provides a glimpse into how trailblazers in pediatrics, education and social welfare are using this study to protect children.

Paper Tigers is another documentary focused on the ACEs study. The movie is available for rent or purchase.

Next Steps

The MAHP Foundation works with a variety of health, social welfare and education groups in collaboration with state agencies to grow the basis of this ACEs grant. The grant allows these partnerships to examine how other states are addressing this issue and how Michigan can raise awareness using Dr. Anda’s findings.

The goal is to educate and train the community to better identify signs of ACEs in children and help create community-based interventions.

Read the latest about the Michigan ACE Initiative in Bridge Magazine, the Deb Hart Podcast and the Lansing State Journal.

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