Resources / Tools for Change

The ACEs Coalition of WV Releases Five-Part COVID-19 & Kids Issue Brief Series

The Five-Part ACEs and COVID-19 Issue Brief Series will be released statewide in partnership with WV KIDS COUNT. 

The series will combine the expertise of Coalition members in their respected fields representing WV KIDS COUNT, Inspiring Dreams Network, Marshall University, WV Department of Education, Supreme Court of Appeals of WV, TEAM for WV’s Children, Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center, and more.

The COVID-19’s Impact on Educating West Virginia’s Kids issue brief sheds some light on the challenges and opportunities that teachers and other educators are facing. It provides coping strategies and resources for student success amid the pandemic.

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Adverse Childhood Experiences Coalition of West Virginia

ACE's Pocket Card

ACE's Brochure

Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Flyer

ACEs Whitepaper and Executive Summary now Available

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Dr. Michael Brumage from the West Virginia University School of Public Health, joins the ICRC crew to talk adverse childhood experiences, links to the opioid crisis, mindfulness, Oprah, and Harley-Davidson motorcycles. 
Click here to listen to the podcast

Vital Signs from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Adverse Childhood Events Webinar Adverse Childhood Experiences
in West Virginia: Why it Matters. 

Michael Brumage, MD, MPH, FACP, FACPM

TED Talk

Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.

Infographics / The Truth About ACEs

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is part of a growing network of leaders working to increase awareness and understanding of the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the need to develop effective innovative interventions. Learn more about ACEs and share the infographic below with others. For more info visit their site by clicking here.

Informational graphics from the CDC outlining ACEs. Click for an the full graphic, here.

Balancing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) With HOPE:  New Insights into the Role of Positive Experience on Child and Family Development

A report that was co-authored by Bart Klika, PhD, Chief Research and Strategy Officer, and Robert Sege, MD, PhD, PCA America Board Member. 


This report presents evidence for HOPE (Health Outcomes of Positive Experiences) based on newly released, compelling data that reinforce the need to promote positive experiences for children and families in order to foster healthy childhood development despite the adversity common in so many families. These data:

1.   Establish a spirit of hope and optimism and make the case that positive experienc­es have lasting impact on human development and functioning, without ignoring well-documented concerns related to toxic environments.

2.  Demonstrate, through science, the powerful contribution of positive relationships and experiences to the development of healthy children and adults.

3.   Describe actions related to current social norms regarding parenting practices, partic­ularly those associated with healthy child development. These actions are based on data that suggest that American adults are willing to intervene personally to prevent child abuse and neglect.

4.   Reflect upon the positive returns on investment that our society can expect as we make changes in policies, practices, and future research to support positive childhood environments that foster the healthy development of children.


Thus, this report contributes to a growing body of work – the Science of Thriving – that encourages us to better understand and support optimal child health and development.



The ACES Coalition of WV is pleased to offer the availability of two films that, in the words of Director James Redford (KPJR Films), “show us, through science and the stories of our young people, how adults are stepping up to help children who are exposed to adverse experiences." Visit our Films Page for more information.



Tools to Measure Health Literacy 

Communication between healthcare professionals and patients is essential to improving medical care, safety and overall health. Considering a patient's health literacy skills can help improve interpersonal relationships and the exchange of health information.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Measures of Individuals' Health Literacy section of their website offers research and tools for measuring health literacy skills.




Resources to Aid Care for Veterans 

According to the 2016 UDS, health centers nationally served more than 330,000 veterans; in West Virginia, more than 10,300 received care at an FQHC.  Here are some resources that can assist health centers in caring for veterans.

  • The Community Provider Toolkit assembled by the National Center for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (NC-PTSD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) supports behavioral health providers serving veterans and includes information related to how to screen for military service, information and training on military experiences and culture, and how to access benefits and resources.

  • Military Culture Training Curriculum for health care professionals, a partnership between the VA and the Department of Defense (DoD) trains health professionals in providing culturally competent care to veteran populations. The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has numerous other courses available for clinicians and public health providers focused on topics such as military culture in primary care and PTSD military culture. Learn more about VHA TRAIN.

  • The PTSD Consultation Program  targets providers, especially those practicing in rural communities, who treat veterans with PTSD. The program offers free access to mental health professionals to discuss PTSD-related assessments, treatments, medications, and referral questions.  An expert clinician can be contacted at or 866-948-7880. The typical response time is less than a day.

  • The VA recently launched the Be There campaign, which includes education and outreach to VA employees and community partners to #BeThere for veterans and to take action to help prevent suicide. Health centers are in a position to help veterans who may be at risk for suicide. 

ACEs Films Resilience and Paper Tigers

Available for FREE Local Screenings in WV

The WV ACES Coalition and TEAM for WV Children are pleased to offer the availability of two films that, in the words of Director James Redford (KPJR Films), “show us, through science and the stories of our young people, how adults are stepping up to help children who are exposed to adverse experiences. We hope the stories of children, educators and scientists grappling with the results of trauma help raise awareness, foster conversation and inspire action.”


In our West Virginia networks, the films are available for free local screenings through the following avenues:

  • Resilience is available via a streaming channel license that we have obtained through  Please note that we have a limited number of showings available through this streaming access.  We ask that you be thoughtful and inclusive in requesting a viewing of Resilience - perhaps partnering with others in & near your communities and within your networks to broaden the outreach and provide a more collective experience.

  • Paper Tigers is available through a DVD loan process.  We have several copies of the DVD on hand and will lend you a copy for viewing per your request.

Film Descriptions

RESILIENCE:   The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope

“Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the documentary RESILIENCE reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. RESILIENCE, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress—and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.” – Synopsis from RESILIENCE  (Running time, 60 minutes)

Paper Tigers: One high school’s unlikely success story

“Stressed brains can’t learn”.  That was the nugget of neuroscience that Jim Sporleder, principal of a high school riddled with violence, drugs, and truancy took away from an educational conference in 2010.  Three years later the number of fights at Lincoln Alternative High School had gone down by 75% and the graduation rate had increased five-fold. Following six students over the course of a school year, we see Lincoln’s staff try a new approach:  one based on understanding and treatment rather than judgment and suspension.  Paper Tigers is a testament to what the latest developmental science is showing:  that just one caring adult can help break the cycle of adversity in a young person’s life.  (Running time, 102 minutes)

We echo the words of Karen Pritzker, executive producer, KPJR Films, who states:

“We are grateful to our partners who are hosting resilience-building activities to promote cultures of hopefulness and understanding in their communities.”