Summit Presentation PDFs and Speaker Biography Links

The National Summit on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) was held May 13th and 14th 2013 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Below are downloadable files (PDF) of speakers' slides as well as links to speaker bios, work, or organizations. The segments are organized in the same order as the Summit Videos. Download the Overview of the Summit  (PDF) here. View four minute photo slide show here.


ISF #1 - “National Summit on Adverse Childhood Experiences – Introduction”  by Martha Davis, MSS - Executive Director of Institute for Safe Families (ISF) and by Jane Isaacs Lowe, PhD - Senior Advisor, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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ISF #2 - “ACES: Mapping the Momentum” Presentation by Martha Davis, MSS , Executive Director of Institute for Safe Families (ISF) and by Jane Stevens - Founder and Editor, ACEs Connection and website ACES Too High To connect with others working in the area of Adverse Childhood Experiences – visit and for more news visit

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ISF #3 - “Adverse Childhood Experiences in Our Society:  Where Sciences Collide” by Robert Anda, MD, MS, Co-Principal Investigator, The ACE Study.

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ISF #4 - "Translating Developmental Science Into Healthier Lives: Realizing the Potential of a Shared Vision" by Andrew Garner, MD, PhD, FAAP, Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University Chair, AAP Leadership Workgroup on Early Brain and Child Development

(Download Garner PDF here)


ISF #5 - “Research Panel  - Six presentations on research in Adverse Childhood Experiences”


Jennifer Hays-Grudo, PhD, “Preventing the Intergenerational Transmission of ACEs” Dr. Grudo is a Professor and George Kaiser Chair in Community Medicine at University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine

Hays-Grudo: Download

Heather Larkin, PhD, LCSW-R“Responding to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Policies & Programs for Whole Person Support” Dr. Larkin is the Assistant Professor, School of Social Welfare, University at Albany (SUNY)
Larkin: Download

Christina Bethell, PhD, MBA, MPH, “National and State Data on ACE Risk and Resilience: The Call for Mind/Body Interventions” Dr. Bethell is a Professor of Pediatrics, OHSU School of Medicine, Director, The Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative.

Bethell: Download Part 1 / Download Part 2


ISF #5 continued - The Philadelphia Story – These three panelists present specific research from the Philadelphia region:


Lee Pachter, DO“Racial/Ethnic Discrimination as an Adverse Childhood Experience” Dr. Pachter is Chief, Section of General Pediatrics, Associate Chair for Community Pediatrics, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children

Pachter: Download

Mary Harkins-Schwarz, MPH, “Findings from the Philadelphia Urban ACEs Survey” Ms. Harkins is a Senior Research Associate, Public Health Management Corporation.

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Roy Wade, MD, PhD, MPH, “A Qualitative Study of Adverse Childhood Experiences of Low-Income Youth in Philadelphia” Dr. Wade is a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, The University of Pennsylvania

Wade: Download

ISF #6 - “Policy Implications of an Intergenerational Approach" presented by Laura Porter , Co-Founder ACE Interface, LLC

Porter: Download


ISF #7 - Policy Advocacy Panel - Five Presentations


Sue Mackey Andrews, Facilitator, Maine Resilience Building Network, President, SOLUTIONS Consulting Group, LLC, presenting on  “The Maine Event:  Addressing and Preventing ACEs Through Enhanced Statewide Capacity”

Mackey - Andrews: Download Part 1 / Download Part 2

Andrew Garner, MD, PhD, FAAP , The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Policy on Toxic Stress:  A  Call For Action, Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University , Chair, AAP Leadership Workgroup presenting on “Early Brain and Child Development" or "A Call to Action”

Garner Panel: Download

Nancy Hardt, MD, Professor, Department of Pathology and Ob-Gyn, Director, Health Equity and Service Learning Programs, University of Florida College of Medicine presenting “ACEs Curriculum for Pre-Professional and Medical Students”  

Hardt: Download

Marcia Stanton, MSW, Injury Prevention Center, Strong Families Program, Phoenix Children's Hospital presenting “Strong Communities Raise Strong Kids: Arizona’s Continuing Efforts to Prevent ACES and Strengthen Families” and

Stanton: Download

Sonni Vierling, MA, Coordinator, Central Iowa ACEs Steering Committee, State Coordinator, 1st Five Healthy Mental Development Initiative Iowa Department of Public Health, presenting “Invest, Inform, Research, Engage, & Advocate: Iowa’s Five Prong Approach to ACE-informed Policy”

Vierling: Download

Panel Moderated by Joel Fein, MD, MPH, Professor, Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine, The University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Attending Physician, Division of Emergency Medicine, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (No PDF)

ISF #8 - “Life Achievement Award to Frank Putnam” Presentation by Sandra Bloom, MD and Dave Corwin, MD. Dr. Bloom is an Associate Professor in the Health Management and Policy Department of Drexel University School of Public Health.  Dr. Corwin is the Medical Director of the Primary Child Center at the University of Utah School of Medicine and the incoming President of the Academy on Violence and Abuse  For more information for Frank Putnam:  For Sandra Bloom:   For David Corwin:

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ISF #9 - “Our Kids Are Not Broken:  The Importance of Resilience in Overcoming Adversity” Presentation by Kenneth Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed, Professor of Pediatrics, The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Director of Health Services, Covenant House Pennsylvania , at The National Summit on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) held May 13th and 14th 2013 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. For more information see:

Ginsburg: Download

“Creating Resilient Systems of Care” Presentation by Sandra Bloom, MD, Associate Professor, Health Management and Policy, Drexel University School of Public Health, Co-Director, Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice, Drexel University. For more information see:

Bloom: Download


ISF #11 - Community-Based ACES and Intervention Panel - Five Presentations


Theresa Barila, MS Walla Walla County Community Network Coordinator, Founder, Children's Resilience Initiative, The Children’s Resilience Initiative: “One Community’s Response to ACEs through Resilience”

Barila: Download

Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH, CEO, Center for Youth Wellness - San Francisco, CA: “A Comprehensive Pediatric Clinical Approach to Screening for ACEs”

Burke Harris: Download

Roberta Waite, EdD, APRN, CNS-BC, FAAN, Associate Professor of Nursing & Assistant Dean of Faculty Integration and Evaluation of Community Programs, The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, Macy Faculty Scholar, Drexel University, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Interdisciplinary Research Unit, Doctoral Nursing Department: “Holistic Health Practices Across the Life Course in Community-Based Primary Healthcare: Implications for ACEs”

Waite: Download

Mark Rains, PhD, Psychologist, Vienna Mountain Consulting: “Trauma/Resilience-Informed Integrated Healthcare for Children”

Rains: Download

Linda Chamberlain, PhD, MPH, Founding Director, Alaska Family Violence Prevention Fund, Thomas Scattergood Foundation Inaugural Scholar: “Partnering With Parents:  Raising Happy, Healthy Children”

Chamberlain Download

ISF #12 - Joe Pyle, MA S, President - The Thomas Scattergood Foundation, presenting “The Scattergood Award” for Journalism to Jane Stevens- Founder, Editor ACEs ConnectionJane Stevens the presents: “Stories from the Field: Trauma Informed Journalism” For more information see: and for Jane’s work and for information from the Scattergood Foundation

Stevens: (No PDF)

ISF #13 - “Moving Forward: Aligning the Emerging Science with Practice and Policy”  by Susan Dreyfus, President and CEO,  Alliance for Children and Families and Families International For more information see:

Dreyfus: Download


Evening Symposium - The Path From Adversity to Wellness


ISF #14 - “Childhood Restored – The Path From Adversity to Wellness - Introduction and Background"  by Martha Davis, MSS, Executive Director - Institute for Safe Families, Arthur Evans, PhD, Director, Department of Behavioral Health - The City of Philadelphia and Angelo Giardino, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer - Texas Children’s Health Plan

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ISF #15 - “What’s The Big Deal About ACES:  Finding Meaning in Troubled Times” by Sandra Bloom, MD  -             Associate Professor, Health Management and Policy - Drexel University School of Public Health, Co-Director - Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. For more information on Dr. Bloom and her work see:

 Bloom Symposium: Download

ISF #16 - “ACEs:  Why Every Clinician Should Care” Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH CEO, Center for Youth Wellness San Francisco, CA

Burke Harris Symposium: Download

ISF #17 - “Childhood Restored:  Our Role in Guiding Youth to Overcome Adversity and Recognize Their Strengths” by Kenneth Ginsburg, MD, MS, Ed  - Professor of Pediatrics - The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Director of Health Services - Covenant House Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA,

Ginsburg Symposium: Download


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