Communities Poised to Expand Groundbreaking Work in Childhood Trauma

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Oct. 30, Philadelphia – Fourteen communities from across the country now have an opportunity to expand their innovative work in addressing childhood adversity through a new project launched by The Health Federation of Philadelphia, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The California Endowment.

Called Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC), the project supports communities building the movement to create a just, healthy and resilient world. It will foster solutions to prevent traumatic childhood experiences — like neglect, abuse and abandonment — in families throughout the nation. Known as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), these events have been proven to have lifelong impacts on children’s health and behavior and the communities they live in.

Each of the 14 communities — which range from Tarpon Springs, FL, to Alaska — will receive grants of $100,000-$300,000 and join a two-year learning collaborative where they will share best practices, try new approaches and become models for other communities in implementing effective solutions for combating ACEs.

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