Save the Date for the 2021 Rural ACEs Summit

Save the date for the 2021 Rural ACEs Summit, a two-day virtual event on September 29th – 30th.

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Join PHI, our Population Health Innovation Lab (PHIL) and its division Northern ACEs Collaborative (NAC) for the 2021 Rural ACEs Summit, held virtually on September 29th – 30th.

The Rural Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Summit seeks to raise awareness of the disproportionately high rates of ACE scores in rural areas.
Early bird registration is available for a discounted rate and has been extended through July 12.
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Through the annual summit, NAC will:
  • Present the latest promising practices, research, and innovative approaches to addressing and preventing factors contributing to high ACEs.

  • Increase participant understanding of the effects of ACEs on individuals and communities leading to a more trauma-informed region.

  • Provide a platform for relationship building through dialogue and information sharing.

  • Provide both short-term and long-term solutions to addressing ACEs and the linkages to the Social Determinants of Health.

The Rural ACEs Summit is planned by NAC staff, and a multidisciplinary Steering Committee made of leaders from across the fields of health and domestic violence.

Who Should Attend?

  • Community Members
  • Elected Officials
  • Students
  • Clinical Practitioners
  • Domestic Violence Workers
  • Education and Early Childhood Providers
  • Organizations working in systems change
  • Public Health
  • Others interested in ACEs & trauma

Keynote Speakers

Chan M. Hellman, Ph.D

Chan M. Hellman, Ph.D

Chan M. Hellman is a professor of social work at the University of Oklahoma and Director of The Hope Research Center. Chan’s research is focused on hope as a psychological strength helping children and adults overcome trauma and adversity.

Helena Lopez, J.D.

Helena Lopez, J.D.

Helena Lopez is a recognized leader in the foster care field, with unique expertise in remote and rural communities. Lopez voices the needs of foster children and families languishing in rural desert communities.

Fritzi Horstman

Fritzi Horstman

Fritzi Horstman is the Founder and Executive Director of the Compassion Prison Project (CPP) an organization dedicated to bringing compassion, childhood trauma awareness and creative inspiration to all men and women living and working in prisons.

For a scholarship opportunity to attend the event please complete the following Summit Scholarship Application.

Scholarship applications will close on July 23, 2021 at 11:59 pm PDT. If selected, recipients will be notified by July 30, 2021.

Call for sponsors: Contact Lisa Tadlok, NAC Director, at

For summit updates, sign up for the weekly NAC newsletter at

About NAC:

PHI’s Population Health Innovation Lab (PHIL) supports the Northern ACEs Collaborative, which is working to end domestic violence and childhood trauma in the North State. PHIL acts as the backbone to support and enhance current activities in the six pilot target counties of: Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Shasta, Tehama, and Trinity.

Originally published by Northern ACEs Collaborative

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