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Louisiana ACE Initiative

The Picard Center is an active partner with the Louisiana ACE Initiative. ACEs (adverse childhood experiences) are associated with a myriad of poor social and health outcomes for children and adults. Louisiana’s ACE Initiative includes agencies representing child health/mental health, welfare, advocacy, child abuse and prevention, education and research institutions and nonprofits who are committed to education, research, family and community engagement, and advocacy about ACEs, including prevention of and resilience to the negative effects of adversity.  Currently, the Picard Center, in collaboration with UL Lafayette’s College of Nursing, LSU Health Sciences Center Department of Psychiatry, Tulane’s Infant Institute, and members of the ACE Initiative, is conducting a statewide survey to determine level of knowledge, resources, and need for ACE-related education and resources in Louisiana.

This study was supported in part by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Grant No. 5U79SM08003, Early Trauma Treatment Network: Improving Access and Standard of Care for Young/Preschool Children (Alicia Lieberman, PI) and in-kind contributions of the authors. The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA, HHS, or the authors’ respective institutions. The report is disseminated at no charge to interested organizations, agencies, and individuals.


Watch the Louisiana ACE Initiative Documentary
Toxic Stress: Adverse Childhood Experiences in Louisiana

Purpose of the Louisiana ACE Initiative
The Louisiana ACE Initiative is a catalyst for efforts to recognize, prevent, and address the impact of adverse childhood experiences on children and families. We Research, Inform, Engage, and Advocate in order to promote trauma-informed practices and services in Louisiana.

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