California awards $200,000 ACEsAware grant to the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) in collaboration with three other non-profits to help train Medi-Cal providers about the importance of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) to health.

APSAC in collaboration with the Academy on Violence and Abuse (AVA), the California Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (CAPSAC), and the Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. (CIR) are being awarded $ 200,000 in grant funds from the Office of the California Surgeon General (CA-OSG) and the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to participate in the state’s ACEsAware initiative. The Collaborators will be conducting the CALIFORNIA ACES ACADEMY to promote the ACEsAware initiative among Medi-Cal providers in 6 regions of California.

“We (AVA, APSAC, CAPSAC, and CIR) are delighted and excited for this opportunity from ACEsAware, to bring our expertise and deep experience in educating healthcare professionals to the people of California. We seek to inspire and educate healthcare providers to start ACEs conversations with their patients and their communities, so as to enhance their health and well-being,” stated Tasneem Ismailji, MD, MPH who co-leads the CALIFORNIA ACES ACADEMY for the AVA, which developed the Regional Academy model.

APSAC is a multi-disciplinary professional society dedicated to helping professionals in the child maltreatment field utilize evidence-based practices to prevent child maltreatment as well as to identify and treat child victims and families.

CAPSAC is the California state chapter of APSAC and shares the same mission, vision, and commitment as APSAC.

AVA is dedicated to educating healthcare professionals and the community about the health effects of violence and abuse throughout the life course. The AVA originated the Regional Academy model and has many years of experience educating health professionals and communities.

CIR has more than a decade of experience applying research-based knowledge to address real-world problems in human services and education through training and support. CIR works to optimize established programs and services so that children, families, and communities are served in a coordinated, holistic way based on best practices and current research.