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Adverse Childhood Experiences
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According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being. Existing and ongoing research demonstrates without a doubt the need to understand trauma-informed care as it relates to children's mental health, including the emerging understanding of infant mental health.


The Wisconsin Children's Trust Fund (CTF)

CTF's primary goal is the prevention of first-time occurrences of child abuse and neglect. To do so, they employ four key strategies:

  1. Develop and advocate for effective prevention policies
  2. Promote evidence-based practices and develop innovative programs that support parents and caregivers
  3. Collaborate with key stakeholders to leverage resources and implement prevention initiatives
  4. Educate professionals and community members on child abuse and neglect issues

ACEs and Trauma Workgroup

CTF's ACEs and Trauma work group includes WIAAP, the Office of Children's Mental Health, the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Health Services, county health departments, law enforcement, corrections, academic partners and others. The Chapter also participates in subcmittees on health and corrections.

Abusive Head Trauma/Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention

CTF also facilitates an Abusive Head Trauma/Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention committee. WIAAP board of directors member Lynn Sheets, MD, FAAP and executive director Kia LaBracke participate in this initiative, which endorses the "Period of Purple Crying" curriculum.

Fostering Futures

Dr. Sheets and Kelly Hodges, MD, FAAP (co-chair of WIAAP's Foster Care committee) are key partners in the Fostering Futures initiative. Fostering Futures’ vision is that all Wisconsin children and families are thriving in nurturing communities; individuals, communities and government integrate trauma-informed, strength-based principles into their relationships, culture, policies and practices, promoting safe, stable and nurturing relationships.