CA Surgeon General Releases Report on ACEs, Toxic Stress, and Health

This week, California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke-Harris issued Roadmap for Resilience: The California Surgeon General’s Report on Adverse Childhood Experiences, Toxic Stress, and Health. The report is the first produced by the Office of the California Surgeon General and serves as a blueprint for how communities, states, and nations can recognize and effectively address adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress as a root cause to some of the most harmful, persistent, and expensive societal and health challenges.

The report identifies clear cross-sector and equitable response solutions, models, and best practices to be replicated or tailored to serve community needs. The comprehensive resource aims to bring together insights from global experts across sectors, specialties, and disciplines to promote science-based approaches to primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention strategies for ACEs and toxic stress. Further, the report specifies a sector-specific and cross-sector roadmap for addressing ACEs and toxic stress at the state level, prioritizing prevention, early detection, evidence-based interventions and equity in outcomes, highlighting the need for enhanced coordination across health care, public health social services, early childhood, education, and justice sectors.

The full report is available here. A press release on the report is available here.