A part of the AccentCare Community Education Series

Understanding ACES and the Impact on Social Determinants of Health

May 17, 2022 at 1:00 pm ET / 12:00 PM CT

Understanding the prevalence and impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) is critically important for healthcare practitioners. ACES are part of the social determinants of health, factors related to an individual’s social environment that influence their health and well-being. ACES are well researched and screening for ACES is a necessary part of a clinical intake in order to provide more effective and equitable health care. The course will review the prevalence of ACES, the statistical correlations between ACES and health outcomes, and encourage application of ACEs knowledge to inform patient treatment and care.

This 1 hour CE is part of our monthly series on trauma-informed care.

Learning Objectives

  • Define Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their prevalence
  • Describe correlation between ACEs and health outcomes
  • Apply knowledge of ACEs to inform patient treatment and care

This course is eligible for one hour of CE/CME for RNs, LPNs, LVNs, Social Workers, and Long Term Care Administrators. It is pending approval for CME for MDs, PAs, and NPs.
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Jennifer Barahona

CEO of Norwalk ACTS

Jennifer serves as the CEO of Norwalk ACTS, a collective impact partnership working to transform systems by ensuring resources, policies, practices, and power structures actively dismantle racism and drive equitable outcomes for children and youth in Norwalk, CT. She previously served as the Executive Director & Chief Financial Officer for the Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation. Founded after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Foundation played a critical role in the development of short- and long-term funding support and recovery strategies for the community and those most impacted by the tragedy.

Jennifer received her master’s degree in social work from Columbia University. As a licensed clinical social worker, she has spent her career in the social sector. Jennifer served as the Director of Youth Services for the largest non-profit in Norwalk for 13 years, a legislative researcher and lobbyist for the Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition, and started her career as a youth advocate working with victims of domestic violence. She credits the late Richard Cloward, her influential graduate school professor, for her passion for social justice and engagement of disenfranchised communities. Eager to help grow the macro-level perspective in the field of social work and develop new talent, Jennifer has also served as an adjunct professor in the Social Work Department at Sacred Heart University.

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Accrediting Information

AccentCare #1237, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. AccentCare maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 1/20/2022-1/20/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 1 hour of continuing education credits.

AccentCare is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Provider #P0355.

This activity is pending approval for one hour of CME via the American Academy of Family Physicians.

This activity is approved for one hour of CE via the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards