ACE Overview

The Michigan ACE Initiative was created by the MAHP Foundation and works to expand efforts toward a statewide awareness of the Adverse Childhood Experiences. The Initiative has also developed a statewide coalition to recommend appropriate interventions and policy. This program is aimed at benefitting the health and wellness of Michigan’s children. The MAHP Foundation works with a variety of health, social welfare and education groups in collaboration with state agencies to grow the initiative.

The Michigan ACE Initiative trains those who interact with children on a regular basis, including social workers, education, community health, youth organizations, justice system, foster care, faith-based organizations, businesses and parents to understand behaviors that exemplify ACEs. This awareness will help children receive assistance from familiar faces within the community.

The goal is to educate and train the community to better identify signs of ACEs in children and help create community-based interventions.

ACE Research

The CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations of childhood abuse and neglect. Dr. Robert Anda co-authored this research that demonstrated how adults who experienced abuse and neglect, growing up with domestic violence, substance abuse, mental illness or other stresses could negatively alter brain development.

Adverse Childhood Experiences have been linked to:

  • Risky health behaviors
  • Low life potential
  • Chronic health conditions
  • Early death

Learn more about ACEs and the original ACE study.

Additional resources include:

Download this list of resources: Selected ACE Research for Website

ACE Resources

To gain a better understanding of ACEs, learn more about the award winning film Resilience. This documentary reveals how toxic stress can trigger hormones that negatively affect children’s health and puts them at greater risk for disease. The film also provides a glimpse into how trailblazers in pediatrics, education and social welfare are using this study to protect children.

Paper Tigers is another documentary focused on the ACEs study. The movie is available for rent or purchase.

Graphic recordings from the 2019 MI ACE Conference:

Michigan ACE Videos

All of our videos can be viewed on YouTube. Plus, watch our latest Michigan ACE Initiative video.

We have recently added videos covering our Michigan ACE Initiative Conference this past May. Watch the presentations here.

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For a complete list of Master Trainers throughout the state and their contact information, please download this form: MT Contact List May 2019

We Are the Medicine: Human Development and Childhood Adversity in an Era of Ordinary Magic. Christina Bethell, PhD, MBA. Download her Keynote Address.

Moving from Surveillance to Action: Using ACEs Data as a Catalyst to Build Capacity in Michigan
by Justin Fast and Jodi Spicer: SpicerFastPPt

Global Resilience: Tools to Spur a Movement
Lynn Waymer: LynnWaymerPPt

Michigan ACE Proud Partners


  • MAHP Foundation
  • Michigan Association of Health Plans
  • Easter Seals
  • National Kidney Foundation of Michigan
  • MI Association of Community Mental Health Boards
  • Blue Cross Complete
  • Masako Consulting
  • Michigan’s Children
  • Knaggs Brake PC
  • Children’s Trust Fund
  • Public Sector Consultants
  • Michigan Education Special Services Association
  • Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health
  • Michigan American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Michigan Primary Care Association
  • Michigan Association of United Ways
  • Henry Ford Health System
  • Michigan State Medical Society
  • Michigan Health and Hospital Association
  • Martin Waymire
  • Michigan Health Endowment Fund
  • The Kresge Foundation
  • Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority
  • Oakland Integrated Health Network
  • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • WMU Children’s Trauma Assessment Center
  • Michigan State University
  • Michigan Public Health Institute
  • WLNS TV 6
  • Central Michigan University
  • Food Bank Council of Michigan
  • Michigan League for Public Policy
  • Michigan Federation for Children and Families
  • The Michigan State Police Troopers Association