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Screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in California: Insights and Perspectives

Friday, March 6, 2020 -
10:00am to 11:15am PST
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Since January 1, 2020, Medi-Cal providers have been eligible to receive payment from the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to screen patients for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). This program is part of an initiative led by the Office of the California Surgeon General and DHCS and is the product of several legislative efforts, including the passage of AB340, that have facilitated the momentum around universal screening at the state level.

As California rolls out ACEs screening within the Medi-Cal population, the broader policy landscape continues to unfold. Join us for a webinar for an update on the policy and budgetary considerations surrounding ACEs screening, an on-the-ground perspective from a Medi-Cal provider, and a discussion of potential implications for funders.


Lishaun Francis, Associate Director, Children Now
As part of the health team, Lishaun supports Children Now’s mental health/trauma efforts.
Prior to joining Children Now, Lishaun Francis was an Associate Director at the California Medical Association. She provided policy support and analysis for California physicians on the issues of Medi-Cal, Workers’ Compensation, and Health Information Technology. Lishaun spent over two years with the Legislative Analyst Office (LAO where she provided fiscal and policy analyses to the State Legislature on issues of mental health, developmental disabilities, and alcohol and drug programs. In Washington, DC Lishaun Francis worked as a Program Analyst for the U.S Department of Education, providing fiscal support on issues of higher education.

Lishaun Francis received her Master’s of Public Policy from the University of Michigan, and her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA.
Deirdre Bernard-Pearl, MD, Pediatrics Medical Director, Santa Rosa Community 
Deirdre Bernard-Pearl, MD is the Medical Director of Pediatrics at Santa Rosa Community Health. She is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine and completed her Pediatrics Internship and Residency at Children’s Hospital Oakland. Her interests include health equity and trauma-informed care. She is currently a Fellow in the UCSF-California Healthcare Foundation’s Clinical Leadership Fellowship.

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This event is open to NCG members and non-member funders only. 

About the Funder Network on Trauma & Resilience

Launched in 2018, the vision of the FNTR is to foster a vibrant, engaging funder learning community that meaningfully increases the impact of individual and collective efforts to address adversity and build resilience in the San Francisco Bay Area. To help accomplish this, the FNTR hosts various learning and networking opportunities designed to share ideas and build meaningful relationships.

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