Timeline of ACES in Maine

ACEs Timeline

A listing of known events year-by-year of
ACE-related activities that have happened in Maine.


-March 29 10th Annual Maine Literacy Connections Conference-Lifting Lives Through Learning.  Hosted by The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, keynote presenters this year are Dr. Charlie Appelstein (No Such Thing As A Bad Kid) and The Honorable John Jenkins. Thomas College, Waterville

-May 14-15 Resilience Community Facilitators training in Hallowell Maine, sponsored by the Maine Resilience Building Network



-February 1 Dr. Robert Anda, who co-directed the seminal ACEs study with Dr. Robert Felitti, will give a lecture at a combined Department of Medicine and Pediatrics at Maine Medical Center’s Dana Center

-March 7 – 11 Transforming ACEs conference Participants will integrate knowledge and information of how our brains work, an understanding of the contribution of trauma to addiction and difficult behaviors, experiences of the transformation that resonance brings to brains that are struggling and reflections on how to use this knowledge and skills after the workshop The Hutchinson Center, University of Maine, Belfast, Maine

-March 23 – 25 Transforming ACEs; what Neuroscience and Nonviolent Communication have to offer. With CNVC Certified Trainer and internationally published author Sarah Peyton – learn to integrate an understanding of trauma and how to work with it, Belfast.

-March 31 Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy at their 9th annual Literacy Connections Conference.   “Choosing Hope: Moving Forward From Life’s Darkest Hours” New Gloucester

-April 6 Maine Quality Counts Webinar; as part of the series: “Jumpstarting the Conversation on Children’s Health: What we have learned over the past five years, where do we go next for children’s health care quality, and how do we move it forward” – Topic: How can we better identify and manage high risk youth?  Youth suicide risk in primary care settings.

-April 28 Transforming Codependency from Pain and Addiction to Self-Wholeness and Strength.  Waterville

-May 6 – 7 Maine AAP Spring Conference, Annual Meeting and Opioid/Prescribing Compliance Workshop South Portland

-May 11 Maine Quality Counts Webinar; as part of the series: “Jumpstarting the Conversation on Children’s Health: What we have learned over the past five years, where do we go next for children’s health care quality, and how do we move it forward” – Topic: How can we actively address the Opioid Epidemic in Maine: Starting with Prevention and Substance Abuse Screening in Adolescents

-May 12 Maine Association for Infant Mental Health Conference; Tackling the Tough Stuff: Supporting Families at Risk. Freeport

-June 26 – 28 F.R.A.N.K.L.I.N. Resilience Building Institute; a three-day program designed for professionals who work with children and/or caregivers and sponsored by the Franklin County Children’s Task Force and the Friends Reducing Abuse and Neglect of Kids Living in our Neighborhoods.  Farmington

-July 11 – 15 The Portland Institute for Innovations in Early Childhood Mental Health and Education; topics include Resilience Through Relationships: Connection Tools for Developing Trauma-Sensitive Preschool Programs, Building Your Toolbox – Resiliency, Regulation, and Universal Design, and The Power of Nature: Bringing Nature’s Healing into the Classroom.  Abromson Center, University of Southern Maine Portland Campus

-November 2-3 Building Thriving Communities Conference – The Maine Resilience Building Network and The Bingham Program present the 2nd Biennial Conference: Building Thriving Communities: Capitalizing on Evolving Science and Circumstances, Northport

-November 2 Hanley Leadership Fall Forum Daniel Hanley for Health Leadership Fall Forum Anxiety & Depression Among Maine’s Youth:  Communities Finding Solutions, Freeport, ME

-November 3 – 4 Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians (MAPP) 2nd Annual Fall Conference, Transition to Adulthood: Opportunities and Challenges in a Changing World

-November 2016- April 2017 Maine Quality Counts monthly webinar series: “Jumpstarting the Conversation on Children’s Health: What we have learned over the past five years, where do we go next for children’s health care quality, and how do we move it forward”

– February, 2nd MRBN Statewide Survey conducted to update relevancy, focus and priorities of MRBN http://maineaces.org/wp/courses/adverse-childhood-experiences-in-maine-iiknowledge-action-and-future-directions/
– September, Initial screening of the film RESILIENCE with plans for April 2017 month of statewide showings and local community conversations
– September, MRBN celebrates attaining an outreach and engagement of more than 10,000 individuals throughout Maine since our inception through training and technical assistance efforts
– October, Dr. Ken Ginsburg returns to Maine for two, one-day Seminars: Our Kids Are Not Broken for more than 350 cross-sector participants
– October, The Trauma Partnership Team is awarded funding from John T. Gorman Foundation to enter into a one-year strategic planning process focused on embedding trauma informed care, training and technical assistance statewide, cross-sector, and in the public/private sectors under the leadership of the University of New England, Graduate School of Social Work
– October, MRBN membership exceeds 650 individuals and organizations statewide
– October, Over 70 showings of documentary “Paper Tigers” statewide including (but not limited to) Lewiston, Waterville, at the 2016 Positive Youth Development Conference, Lincoln, Skowhegan, Maine CDC – http://www.papertigersmovie.com/
– November, Maine initiates the first “roll out” of the Reaching Teens Tool Kit with Dr. Ken Ginsburg with 23 teams (150 cross sector-participants) representing every county in Maine for this 18-24 month implementation

– May, In partnership with Quality Counts, Dr. Ann Dorney and Sue Mackey Andrews provided a webinar focused on ACEs awareness and value throughout Maine and in pediatric practices which was attended by more than 800 people
– May, In partnership between MRBN, the Maine AAP and Quality Counts, Dr. Andy Garner provides a series of conversations focusing on epigenetics and the role of ACEs in brain development, child “readiness” for school and success in later life
– July, Positive Youth Development Institute with Dr. Ken Ginsburg, Biddeford
– September, New Hampshire for Infant Mental Health 21st Annual Conference, “From Risk to Resilience” with Vincent J. Felitti, MD and Elizabeth Warner, Psy.D.
– November, First Annual ACEs Conference. This was a partnership effort between MRBN, Quality Counts, the Maine AAP and received lead sponsorship by The Bingham Program. Many local presenters and featured keynote speakers: Dr. Robert Anda, Dr. Ken Ginsburg, Jane Stevens. First showing of the documentary, “Paper Tigers,” Northport
– November, production of PSA, “Be There for ME” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8R4N7Xoz0nk
– December, MRBN initiates its transition to a shared leadership model with the articulation of a Strategic Plan and selection of Leadership Team designed to shepherd the work forward

– February, Dr. Ken Ginsburg multiple presentations sponsored by national AAP. Included meeting with MRBN members and multiple clinical and community audiences in Waterville, Augusta, and Bangor
– Multiple dates, Donna Beegle presented to expand knowledge considering poverty as an outcome of ACEs. Waterville, Lewiston-Auburn, Machias

– April, Resiliency conference with Steve Burkowitz, Chris Trout
– April, Dr. Felitti presents to MAPA, meets with MRBN for a Saturday Institute on ACEs research
– May, Maine team invited to the first National Summit on ACEs, Philadelphia, PA
– July, the Community Caring Collaborative, “Poverty Institute,” 3-day training with Donna Beegle, Machias
– October, Brunswick symposium with Pat Leavitt; Donna Beegle poverty summits in Dover Foxcroft, Orono, Blue Hill
– October, “Poverty Summit” with Donna Beegle, Orono, Blue Hill, Dover Foxcroft
– The Maine Trauma Partnership is formed (MRBN, THRIVE, Maine Behavioral Healthcare, Community Caring Collaborative)

– Maine Resilience Building Network is formed
– July, the Community Caring Collaborative, “Breaking the Barriers of Poverty,” 3-day summer training conference with Donna Beegle, Machias

– April, Bangor Rotary-Early Childhood Investment and Toxic Stress presentation
– Development of the Maine Early Childhood Investment Group, headed by Steve Rowe, focused on CEO membership
– May, United Way of Mid Coast Maine Annual Meeting with Bowdoin College professor Craig McEwen and Rockefeller University neuroscientist Bruce McEwen speaking on “Early Childhood Experiences: What’s at Stake for our Community’s Health and Education”

– Dr. Felitti visits Maine, presents at: Maine Medical Center-Portland, Summer Institute in Washington County with Community Caring Collaborative, Maine Development Foundation, Maine Children’s Growth Council, Maine Medical Association, Eastern Maine Medical Center-Bangor
– Dr. Felitti interviewed on Maine Things Considered public radio program
– April, Hancock County Business Leader’s Summit
– May, “Why do you Hurt Me” York County Child Abuse Prevention Council
– September, Educare opens, Waterville Maine
– October, York County Community Conversation (outgrowth of Governor’s Summit on Early Childhood)
– December, York County Business Leader Summit with United Way and Community College
– December, Maine ACEs Study initiated by the Health Accountability Team of the Maine Children’s Growth Council

– Business Leader’s Summit-Ellsworth, ME
– September, Regional Economic Summit on Early Childhood (Bath, ME)
– September, Regional Economic Summit on Early Childhood (Portland, ME)
– October, Regional Economic Summit on Early Childhood (Augusta, ME)
– October, Regional Economic Summit on Early Childhood (Bangor, ME)
– November, York County Community Conversation on Early Childhood
– Child Abuse Action Network conference with Neil Boris focusing on ACEs as a common pathway to parental domestic violence, substance abuse, and mental illness; and attachment difficulty

– Business Leader’s Summit-Brewer, ME
– Maine Development Foundation Annual Meeting: Investing in our Most Precious Assets, speaker: Jack Shonkoff
– Business leader roundtable four meetings
– Maine Children’s Growth Council (in statute) has first meeting. Transition from the Children’s Task Force into the Growth Council

– Governor’s Economic Summit on Early Childhood
– Child Abuse Action Network conference with focus on resilience and family protective factors with Irwin Sandler and Laurie McCubbin
– Governor’s Summit on Cardiovascular Health with Dr. Felitti
– Community Counseling Center community practice center grant within National Child Traumatic Stress Network
– THRIVE: Trauma Informed System of Care grant

– Child Abuse Action Network conference on Child Impairment with Frank Putnam and a community panel
– Healthy Start focus on parental ACEs and HEARTS (Health Experiences And Relationships That Support) and child resilience
– Maine Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics Community Forum with Dr. Felitti (ACEs), Dr. Blum, (Protective Factors), Dr. Werner (Resilience)

– Prior to 2005 in Maine, there were a number of conferences focused on children’s risk and resilience, included those hosted by the Maine Association for Infant Mental Health, Maine Child Abuse Action Network, Spurwink, etc.
– (January) American Academy of Pediatrics Forum, FutureSearch methodology
– Child Abuse Action Network conference with Dr. Felitti, with InterDepartmental Response Panel
– Children’s Cabinet adds ACEs as one of top three priority areas

– Grant from the federal Maternal Child Health Bureau
– (December) Early Childhood Task Force becomes part of the Children’s Cabinet, chaired by Maine’s First Lady, Karen Baldacci

– Mid-Maine Child Trauma Network community practice center within National Child Traumatic Stress Network
– Vincent Felitti published the article: “The Relation Between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Adult Health: Turning Gold into Lead”

– Trauma Conference, Augusta

– ACE Study published

– Early Childhood Task Force Forums

– Kmihqitahasultipon (We Remember) SAMHSA grant, Passamaquoddy Tribal Health Care

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