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Weekly Roundup Features

PACEs Connection Weekly Roundup


To prevent mass shootings, stop relying on the myth of motive; start doing forensic ACE investigations

Jane Stevens, PACEs Connection publisher

If we want to prevent mass shootings, using motive as a way to prevent mass shootings will just get you a useless answer to the wrong question.

Dave Ellis put NJ on solid footing to advance PACEs science practices, policies

 Jane Stevens, PACEs Connection publisher

He was there only two years, but he, his team and community made great strides.





Bringing Trauma-informed Design to Transitional Housing for Women and Children

 Christine Cowart, PACEs Connection member

The project will use a trauma-informed approach,to develop design recommendations intended to lower stress levels.



Opal and the Secret Code opens world to deaf community, fills an urgent need in classrooms!

Janie Lancaster, PACEs Connection member

The book help build a bridge between the deaf and hearing worlds.







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Who Cares: A Nurse’s Fight for Equity | Official Trailer | SHIFT Films


Featured Resource

"How do we talk about childhood adversity?"

The Building Better Childhoods Toolkit (2022) is intended to support organizations in their interaction with media, the general public, and other stakeholders when speaking about childhood adversity. Top line recommendations include the following:

1) At a high level, child adversity must be framed as a public issue, a preventable problem, and a solvable problem.

2) To position child adversity as a public issue:

  • Make the story one where we all have a stake and a role in outcomes that matter.
  • Show how external conditions “get under the skin” to shape health, development, and outcomes.

3) To help people see where prevention efforts would make a difference:

  • Emphasize the dynamism of development.
  • Talk about preventing an overload of stress on families.

4) To make it clear that solutions exist and are worth pursuing:

  • Don’t talk about the impact of adversity without also explaining people’s capacity for resilience.
  • Always include a proven or promising policy-level solution.

The toolkit is based on the February 2021 framing brief titled “Reframing Childhood Adversity: Promoting Upstream Approaches” developed by the FrameWorks Institute, in partnership with Prevent Child Abuse America and Social Current (formerly the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities-Council on Accreditation).