Watch: ACEs Aware maternal health webinar

December 03, 2020
Area(s) of Interest: Public Health Professional Development & Education 

Recognizing that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) have a strong and life-long correlation to numerous health, social and behavioral problems, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), in partnership with the California Office of the Surgeon General, has created a first-in-the-nation statewide effort to screen patients for trauma and the increased likelihood of ACEs-associated health conditions due to toxic stress. The goal is to reduce ACEs and toxic stress by half in one generation.

The California Medical Association (CMA) is a proud grantee of the ACEs Aware initiative, which recently hosted a webinar, “Supporting Patients in Pregnancy: ACEs and Maternal Health,” to discuss:

  • The science of ACEs and toxic stress
  • The value of ACE screening in maternal health care practice, with relevant research and resources
  • Opportunities, examples and case studies in prenatal care to build trust and safety between patients and providers
  • Ways to create healing environments and respond to ACEs and toxic stress in maternal health clinical practice

Presenters included:

  • Carey Watson, M.D., FACOG - Regional Medical Director, Family Violence Prevention Program, Kaiser Permanente Antioch Medical Center
  • Mimi Mateo, CNM, MSN, CDE - Certified Nurse Midwife and Clinical Director of Midwifery, TrueCare
  • Jeanie Vetter, LCSW - Behavioral Health Consultant, Women’s Health Services, TrueCare

This webinar also offers 1.0 continuing medical education (CME) and maintenance of certification (MOC) credit.

The ACEs Aware initiative offers provider training, clinical protocols and reimbursement assistance for ACEs screening of children and adults. CMA encourages all physicians to take advantage of the free, two-hour online curriculum, which also provides CME and MOC credits.

Event materials:

Please email questions and comments to info@ACEsAware.org.



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