Stress Relief Playbooks and Recommendations Released in Response to COVID-19
As part of the state’s comprehensive approach to responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Office of the California Surgeon General released two stress relief playbooks to help support mental and physical health, and the Department of Health Care Services released recommendations for Medi-Cal managed care health plans and fee-for-service providers to mitigate negative health outcomes.
COVID-19 is a stressor that impacts the health and well-being of individuals and communities and may worsen or exacerbate the prevalence of negative health impacts. Those who have a history of Adverse Childhood Experiences are especially vulnerable. The ACEs Aware initiative was created to support providers as they learn to screen for ACEs, identify toxic stress, and respond with trauma-informed care to improve health outcomes and build resilience.
The new resources that can be found on the state’s COVID-19 website include:
Additionally, ACEs Aware hosted a webinar, Taking Care of Our Patients, Our Teams, and Ourselves: Trauma-Informed Practices to Address Stress Related to COVID-19, which reached more than 3,000 people. Future webinars will continue to offer practical information to help providers as they respond to the stress caused by the COVID-19 emergency.
For more information, visit the ACEs Aware website, which includes a page with stress management resources for providers and their patients. ACEs Aware will continue to offer health care providers resources and tools to support them, their teams, and their patients during this stressful time.
About ACEs Aware
The Office of the California Surgeon General and the state Department of Health Care Services are leading a first-in-the-nation statewide effort to screen children and adults for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in primary care, and to treat the impacts of toxic stress with trauma-informed care. The ACEs Aware initiative is built on the consensus of scientific evidence demonstrating that early detection and evidence-based intervention improves outcomes. The bold goal of this initiative is to reduce ACEs and toxic stress by half in one generation, and to launch a national movement to ensure everyone is ACEs Aware. For more information, visit www.ACEsAware.org.