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Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences: $29M Federal Initiative Supports Data-Driven Solutions

The federal government recently announced a new funding opportunity designed to support states in the prevention of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the promotion of positive childhood experiences (PCEs). The Essentials for Childhood: Preventing Adversity through Data-to-Action program is designed to bolster state-level surveillance infrastructures, implement data-driven prevention strategies, and conduct data-to-action activities to inform ongoing improvements in ACE prevention.

ACEs are preventable, potentially traumatic events that occur during childhood, such as experiencing or witnessing violence or neglect. These experiences can have long-lasting consequences, including poor health outcomes, increased risk of mental health challenges, and socioeconomic difficulties.

GrantExec Insight: Competitive applicants should closely align their proposals with the CDC's logic model for this initiative, emphasizing a multi-sector approach, focusing on health equity, and developing a robust data-to-action dissemination plan. Conducting capacity assessments and planning for process and outcome evaluation will also be crucial for refining strategy implementation and improving health equity outcomes. Read the FOA for details.

Eligible applicants for this opportunity include state and local governments, public and state-controlled institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments, public housing authorities, and nonprofits with or without 501(c)(3) status. The grant offers a total program funding of $29,114,065, with awards ranging from $400,000 to $485,000. The deadline to apply is June 12, 2023.

The initiative has three primary goals:

  1. Enhance state-level surveillance infrastructure to collect, analyze, and use ACE and PCE data for informing prevention strategies and approaches.

  2. Support the implementation of comprehensive, evidence-based ACE primary prevention strategies, particularly focusing on health equity.

  3. Conduct ongoing data-to-action activities to inform changes or adaptations to existing strategies or the selection and implementation of additional strategies.

The focus on health equity in this initiative is an effort to ensure that everyone has equitable access to the life circumstances necessary for optimal health, well-being, and safety. Achieving health equity involves addressing avoidable inequalities, historical and contemporary injustices, and the elimination of health and healthcare disparities.

The Essentials for Childhood program represents a significant investment in the prevention of adverse childhood experiences across the nation. By focusing on data-driven solutions, health equity, and multi-sector collaboration, this initiative could create lasting change for children and families. As states and eligible organizations work together to develop and implement effective prevention strategies, they have the potential to transform the trajectory of countless lives, fostering healthier, safer, and more equitable communities for future generations.


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