Adverse Childhood Experiences and Suicide Prevention Rapid Response Training & Technical Assistance Tools

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COVID-19 and the national outcry for racial justice has illuminated a need for coordinated, culturally-specific and proactive ACEs and suicide prevention efforts. Through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Prevention Institute has partnered with the National League of Cities and Dr. Howard Pinderhughes, Director of the Sociology Doctoral Program at the University of California, San Francisco, to offer training and tools to local government and their partners in supporting their communities. We will compile, tailor, and rapidly disseminate suicide and ACEs prevention interventions with a focus on incorporating strategies that 1) have been adapted for a shelter-in-place/infrastructure disruption context, and 2) are responsive to populations most at risk and most impacted by the stress, anxiety, social isolation, loss and grief brought about and exacerbated by the pandemic.

This project is supported by Cooperative Agreement No. 6 NU38OT000305-02-03 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Department of Health and Human Services or the CDC.

Module Reviewers


Center for Law and Social Policy:

Nia West-Bey

Isha Weerasinghe


Safe States Alliance:

Shelli Stephens-Stidham


National League of Cities:

Sue Polis

Anne Li


California Department of Public Health:

Renay Bradley

Sara Mann


Suicide Prevention Resource Center, Education Development Center:

Julie Ebin


Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, University of Berkeley:

Anna Godøy


RTI International:

Adam Miller

Anna Yaros

John Richardson



Karin Mack


The D. Wood Foundation:

Fabian Wood


TOVA’s N.E.S.T.:

Tracee Black-Fall


Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention (MCSP) Alliance for Equity:

Pata Suyemoto

Jen Kelliher


Additional Contributors (webinar presenters, video, or podcast interviews)


Healthy Places by Design:

Risa Wilkerson


HEAL San Francisco, Our Children Our Families Council:

Luis M. Aroche


Baltimore City Council / Healing City Baltimore:

Zeke Cohen


Behavioral Health Services Department of Santa Clara County:

Mego Lien


Office of Suicide Prevention,  Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment:

Sarah Brummett


Boston Vital Village Network:

Yusuf Ali

Soojin Conover

Suzeth Dunn


Alaska Resilience Initiative:

Laura Norton-Cruz


Philadelphia ACE Task Force Steering Committee:

Joel Fein

Crystal Wyatt


Mental Health America of Greater Houston:

Sharifa J. Charles

Jamie Freeny


Communities That Care, Public Health and Environment, City and County of Broomfield:

Nicole Dolan


Broomfield Youth For Youth:

 Arya Nandyal


YEF Council Representative, National League of Cities:

Giana Rocha


NYC Department of Education:

Elizabeth Stranzl


Center for Law and Social Policy:

Nia West-Bey

Isha Weerasinghe


After School Matters:

Tony Diaz


AARP Foundation:

Emily Allen


Coalition to End Social Isolation and Loneliness:

Edward Garcia


Oregon Alliance to Prevent Suicide:

Annette Marcus


Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs:

Kris Bifulco


University of California, San Francisco:

Howard Pinderhughes



Robin Saenger


PREP For Change Consulting:

Ken Epstein


Houston Health Department:

Deborah A. Moore