Date of Graduation

Spring 5-19-2017

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


School of Nursing and Health Professions


Studies have identified that trauma experienced as a child directly affects your health later in life. In Sonoma County, one in four children have experienced two or more Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) before the age of 18. Twenty-two percent of Sonoma County adults reported experiencing four or more ACEs before the age of 18. With the high rates of ACEs in our community this fieldwork placement aimed to bring awareness and build community capacity to understand and address ACEs and foster resiliency. To raise awareness in our community we developed the ACES and Resiliency Fellowship Series, which trained 60 fellows in ACEs science and resiliency. To further extend outreach we held a presence on the national ACEs Connection networking website. This was a great resource and archive for Sonoma County to share best practices with other communities, as well as our own. To assess the impact and knowledge retention of this work, surveys were completed at all fellowship events. Future works will include potentially training another cohort of trainers, as well as engaging key stakeholders at the policy level to shift the question from “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?”