Learn more about the NPPC

Universal screening of children for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is a critical tool for interrupting the pathway to toxic stress and its short – and long-term consequences. The NPPC is a community of pioneering pediatric-serving medical practitioners interested in integrating ACEs screening into their workflow and using an ACEs and toxic stress framework to enhance the quality of patient care and health outcomes. Join us as we support each other in expanding knowledge, building capacity, accessing resources, and shaping the field of pediatrics.

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Learn more about ACEs

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are stressful or traumatic events experienced prior to age 18. They are highly prevalent in our population and have a significant association with health impairments in child- and adulthood. The biological mechanism by which ACEs impact life course health are believed to be mediated through a dysregulation of the physiological stress response system, producing what has been termed “Toxic Stress.”

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The importance of ACEs screening

“We know that early adversity is written on the brains and bodies of our children. The time has come to move from awareness to action. The time has come to screen all pediatric patients for early childhood adversity”
– Dr. Susan Briner, Bayview Child Health Center, San Francisco, CA