“What the study does is it puts it up in front of our faces, and asks us, ‘Are you OK with this?’ And if you’re not, then let’s figure out how to intervene earlier, provide better support, and get ahead.”
Summary of Efforts
A presentation on The ACE Study in 2011 inspired several Central Iowa organizations to take action to address its findings. The Central Iowa ACEs 360 Steering Committee brought these engaged members together to collaborate on efforts to measure ACEs data in Iowa, raise awareness of the study and identify effective interventions to minimize the risk of ACEs. Click here for a timeline of the committee's efforts.
Overview of Central Iowa ACEs 360
Central Iowa ACEs Community Learning Circle
The ACEs 360 Community Learning Circle provides a venue for professionals, community members, stakeholders, and any interested parties to network and be part of the ACEs movement in Central Iowa. The learning circle convenes at least twice each year to share new information through speakers and share opportunities for engagement in Central Iowa. A bi-annual newsletter is sent to the circle to update on work and share opportunities for engagement.
ACEs Action Groups
The Action Groups are responsible for moving work forward in alignment with the strategic areas set forth by the Steering Committee. Action groups include the advocacy coalition, sector-based workgroups, and ad-hoc committees. These groups meet as needed to facilitate work.
Central Iowa ACEs Steering Committee
The Steering Committee provides overall leadership for the Central Iowa ACEs 360 coalition. The steering committee is made up of stakeholders representing identified organizations or coalitions, whose role on the committee is to focus on the collective community efforts to prevent and mitigate the impact of adverse childhood experiences.