The UCLA-UCSF ACEs Aware Family Resilience Network (UCAAN)
UCAAN develops, promotes, and sustains evidence-informed responses to prevent and help all patients heal from the impacts of trauma and toxic stress.
In October 2021, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) contracted with the UCLA/UCSF ACEs Aware Family Resilience Network (UCAAN) to implement the ACEs Aware initiative, with oversight provided by DHCS and the Office of the California Surgeon General (CA-OSG).
UCAAN is a multi-campus initiative that leverages the substantial interdisciplinary resources of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) campuses. UCAAN is housed in the Department of Pediatrics at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine.
UCAAN Is Led By
Dr. Shannon Thyne
Co-Principal Investigator, UCLA
Dr. Thyne is a Vice-Chair in the Department of Pediatrics, Chief of Pediatrics at Olive View—UCLA Medical Center and Director of Pediatrics for the LA County Department of Health Services.
DR. EDWARD MACHTINGER
Co-Principal Investigator, UCSF
Dr. Machtinger is a UCSF Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center to Advance Trauma-informed Health Care (CTHC) and the Women’s HIV Program (WHP).
ACEs Aware – Leading the Nation
ACEs Aware is a first-in-the nation effort to promote early detection and intervention to mitigate the health and societal impacts of ACEs and toxic stress. The initiative was launched in December 2019 as part of Governor Newsom’s California for All initiative and is a collaborative effort between the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) the Office of the California Surgeon General (CA-OSG).
Learn more at acesaware.org
Academic Anchoring at the University of California
UCAAN develops, promotes, and sustains evidence-informed responses to prevent and help all patients heal from the impacts of trauma and toxic stress through investments in the following areas:
Four values inform UCAAN’s work across all departments, advisory groups, and committees:
Whole Person and Whole
Including the whole family unit in care we provide, including dyadic care
Recognizing the role that structural discrimination has played in determining inequitable health outcomes and ensuring access to screening and services for all Californians
Ensuring that we reach communities that have been historically marginalized and underserved
Alignment of systems
Aligning resources and systems of care to ensure that clinicians, families, and communities are able to overcome the impacts of toxic stress
UCAAN: Anchoring ACEs Aware at the University of California
Meet the leaders of the UCLA-UCSF ACEs Aware Family Resilience Network (UCAAN), and learn about how UCAAN is leveraging the UC’s clinical, educational, and scientific expertise to further the ACEs Aware goals of raising awareness, changing clinical practice, and building a network of care to address ACEs and toxic stress.