Our state’s greatest resource is our people — and our state’s policies can either block or unlock the full potential of our neighbors and community members. The Iowa ACEs Coalition advocates for policies that build the well-being of children and the adults in their lives together, resulting in a stronger structure for both generations. Below are identified areas we're focused on improving.
2020 Legislative Agenda
The Iowa ACEs Policy Coalition is advocating for changes in these four areas. Click on each topic area to delve deeper with a policy brief:
2020 Day on the Hill
Thank you to everyone who joined us in advocating for children and family well-being at our January 23 Day on the Hill. Learn more about our 2020 priorities with the items below:
Learn more about CAMHI4Kids, a coalition of more than 80 organizations focused on building a children's mental health system in Iowa.
Iowa ACEs Policy Coalition set forth these priorities in the 2019 Legislative Session:
This section includes resources which could be used by individuals, groups or entire communities to inform political leaders, legislators, and the legislative process around issues related to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress.
- ACEs Connection, Iowa ACEs Action group
- Iowa ACEs issue brief
- The Neurobiology of Stress issue brief
- Promoting Resilience issue brief
- ACE Response policy examples
- Letter from Kathleen Sibelius: Helping victims of childhood trauma heal and recover
- Overview of state and federal legislation
- Vermont’s attempt to pass ACEs bill
- California legislature resolution to reduce ACEs
- Massachusetts bill on trauma-informed schools
- The Parenting Gap: justification for policy that wraps around and supports parents
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network and Public Policy
- National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health -- Creating trauma-informed services
- North Carolina’s 2,000 Days Campaign: Making the case for investing early in children’s lives
- Prevent Child Abuse America -- Making the case: Why prevention matters