ACEs Timeline for Maine


November 18  Connecting the Dots: The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Health Disparities and Health Outcomes webinar featuring Manisha Patel, MD and Sarah Bacon, PhD (US CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control); Erika Lichter, PhD (Cutler Institute, University of Southern Maine); Ian Yaffe (Director, Office Population Health Equity, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention); Robin Matthies, MSW (Director, Public and Behavioral Health Integration, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials)


September 26 Screening and panel discussion of Broken Places at the MRBN meeting at Educare in Waterville. Broken Places explores why some children are severely damaged by early adversity while others are able to thrive. By revisiting some of the abused and neglected children profiled decades ago, the documentary  dramatically illustrates how early trauma shaped their lives as adults. 

June 12  Building School Capacity Through Community Collaboration Conference, MRBN and Department of Education Meeting. Statewide Community Public Health and school staff learned about programming from MRBN, Department of Education, Me CDC Prevention Services and Maine Children’s Trust. Dr. Todd Landry, Director of OCFS introduced Dr. Ken Ginsburg, Pediatrician and author of Reaching Teens who provided a presentation on community and school resilience informed practice. In addition, MRBN members highlighted school and community coalition work that exemplifies resilience building.

May 30  Building Resilience Across the Life Span MRBN Conference at Educare. The agenda included Social Emotional Learning: Cool Calm Kids, Poverty to Resilience; Surviving to Thriving, and Grandparents as Caregivers: Realities and Resources.

March 28  MRBN Member meeting Rita Furrow, Sr. Policy Analyst, Maine Children’s Alliance provided an overview the 2019 Maine Kids Count Book. Peter Lindsay, United Way of Mid Coast Maine provided an overview of the Maine Children’s Growth Council 2019 Report to Governor and Legislature.


May 14-15 Resilience Community Facilitators training in Hallowell Maine, sponsored by the Maine Resilience Building Network

March 29 10th Annual Maine Literacy Connections Conference-Lifting Lives Through Learning.  Hosted by The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, keynote presenters are Dr. Charlie Appelstein (No Such Thing As A Bad Kid) and The Honorable John Jenkins. (Thomas College, Waterville)


November 2016-April 2017 Maine Quality Counts monthly webinar series: “Jumpstarting the Conversation on Children’s Health: What we have learned over the past five years, where do we go next for children’s health care quality, and how do we move it forward”

November 3–4 Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians (MAPP) 2nd Annual Fall Conference, Transition to Adulthood: Opportunities and Challenges in a Changing World

November 2 Hanley Leadership Fall Forum Daniel Hanley for Health Leadership Fall Forum Anxiety & Depression Among Maine’s Youth:  Communities Finding Solutions. (Freeport)

November 2-3 Building Thriving Communities Conference – The Maine Resilience Building Network and The Bingham Program present the 2nd Biennial Conference: Building Thriving Communities: Capitalizing on Evolving Science and Circumstances. (Northport)

July 11–15 The Portland Institute for Innovations in Early Childhood Mental Health and Education; topics include Resilience Through Relationships: Connection Tools for Developing Trauma-Sensitive Preschool Programs, Building Your Toolbox – Resiliency, Regulation, and Universal Design, and The Power of Nature: Bringing Nature’s Healing into the Classroom.  (Abromson Center, University of Southern - Maine Portland Campus)

June 26–28 F.R.A.N.K.L.I.N. Resilience Building Institute; a three-day program designed for professionals who work with children and/or caregivers and sponsored by the Franklin County Children’s Task Force and the Friends Reducing Abuse and Neglect of Kids Living in our Neighborhoods.  (Farmington)

May 12 Maine Association for Infant Mental Health Conference; Tackling the Tough Stuff: Supporting Families at Risk. Freeport

May 11 Maine Quality Counts Webinar; as part of the series: “Jumpstarting the Conversation on Children’s Health: What we have learned over the past five years, where do we go next for children’s health care quality, and how do we move it forward” – Topic: How can we actively address the Opioid Epidemic in Maine: Starting with Prevention and Substance Abuse Screening in Adolescents

May 6–7 Maine AAP Spring Conference, Annual Meeting and Opioid/Prescribing Compliance Workshop (South Portland)

April 28 Transforming Codependency from Pain and Addiction to Self-Wholeness and Strength.  (Waterville)

April 6 Maine Quality Counts Webinar; as part of the series: “Jumpstarting the Conversation on Children’s Health: What we have learned over the past five years, where do we go next for children’s health care quality, and how do we move it forward” – Topic: How can we better identify and manage high risk youth?  Youth suicide risk in primary care settings.

March 31 Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy at their 9th annual Literacy Connections Conference.   “Choosing Hope: Moving Forward From Life’s Darkest Hours”  (New Gloucester)

March 23–25
Transforming ACEs; what Neuroscience and Nonviolent Communication have to offer. With CNVC Certified Trainer and internationally published author Sarah Peyton – learn to integrate an understanding of trauma and how to work with it. (Belfast, Maine)

March 7–11
Transforming ACEs conference. Focus is on how our brains work, an understanding of the contribution of trauma to addiction and difficult behaviors, experiences of the transformation that resonance brings to brains that are struggling, and reflections on how to use this knowledge and skills after the workshop. (Belfast, Maine)

February 1
Dr. Robert Anda, who co-directed the seminal ACEs study with Dr. Robert Felitti, will give a lecture at a combined Department of Medicine and Pediatrics at Maine Medical Center’s Dana Center


November Maine initiates the first rollout of the Reaching Teens Tool Kit with Dr. Ken Ginsburg with 23 teams (150 cross sector-participants) representing every county in Maine for this 18-24 month implementation

October Over 70 showings of documentary “Paper Tigers” statewide including Lewiston, Waterville, at the 2016 Positive Youth Development Conference, Lincoln, Skowhegan, Maine CDC

October MRBN membership exceeds 650 individuals and organizations statewide.

October The Trauma Partnership Team is awarded funding from John T. Gorman Foundation to enter into a one-year strategic planning process focused on embedding trauma informed care, training and technical assistance statewide, cross-sector, and in the public/private sectors under the leadership of the University of New England, Graduate School of Social Work

October Dr. Ken Ginsburg returns to Maine for two, one-day Seminars: Our Kids Are Not Broken for more than 350 cross-sector participants

September MRBN celebrates attaining an outreach and engagement of more than 10,000 individuals throughout Maine since our inception through training and technical assistance efforts

September Initial screening of the film RESILIENCE with plans for April 2017 month of statewide showings and local community conversations

February 2nd MRBN Statewide Survey conducted to update relevancy, focus and priorities of MRBN


December  MRBN initiates its transition to a shared leadership model with the articulation of a Strategic Plan and selection of Leadership Team designed to shepherd the work forward

November  Production of PSA, “Be There for ME”

November  First Annual ACEs Conference. This was a partnership effort between MRBN, Quality Counts, the Maine AAP and received lead sponsorship by The Bingham Program. Many local presenters and featured keynote speakers: Dr. Robert Anda, Dr. Ken Ginsburg, Jane Stevens. First showing of the documentary, “Paper Tigers,” Northport

September  New Hampshire for Infant Mental Health 21st Annual Conference, “From Risk to Resilience” with Vincent J. Felitti, MD and Elizabeth Warner, Psy.D.

July Positive Youth Development Institute with Dr. Ken Ginsburg, Biddeford

May In partnership between MRBN, the Maine AAP and Quality Counts, Dr. Andy Garner provides a series of conversations focusing on epigenetics and the role of ACEs in brain development, child “readiness” for school and success in later life

May In partnership with Quality Counts, Dr. Ann Dorney and Sue Mackey Andrews provided a webinar focused on ACEs awareness and value throughout Maine and in pediatric practices which was attended by more than 800 people


Multiple dates Donna Beegle presented to expand knowledge considering poverty as an outcome of ACEs. Waterville, Lewiston-Auburn, Machias

February Dr. Ken Ginsburg multiple presentations sponsored by national AAP. Included meeting with MRBN members and multiple clinical and community audiences in Waterville, Augusta, and Bangor


The Maine Trauma Partnership is formed (MRBN, THRIVE, Maine Behavioral Healthcare, Community Caring Collaborative)

October “Poverty Summit” with Donna Beegle, Orono, Blue Hill, Dover Foxcroft

October Brunswick symposium with Pat Leavitt; Donna Beegle poverty summits in Dover Foxcroft, Orono, Blue Hill

July  The Community Caring Collaborative, “Poverty Institute,” 3-day training with Donna Beegle, Machias

May  Maine team invited to the first National Summit on ACEs, Philadelphia, PA

April  Dr. Felitti presents to MAPA, meets with MRBN for a Saturday Institute on ACEs research

April  Resiliency conference with Steve Burkowitz, Chris Trout


July  The Community Caring Collaborative, “Breaking the Barriers of Poverty,” 3-day summer training conference with Donna Beegle, Machias

Maine Resilience Building Network is formed


May United Way of Mid Coast Maine Annual Meeting with Bowdoin College professor Craig McEwen and Rockefeller University neuroscientist Bruce McEwen speaking on “Early Childhood Experiences: What’s at Stake for our Community’s Health and Education” 

Development of the Maine Early Childhood Investment Group, headed by Steve Rowe, focused on CEO membership

April  Bangor Rotary-Early Childhood Investment and Toxic Stress presentation


December  Maine ACEs Study initiated by the Health Accountability Team of the Maine Children’s Growth Council

December  York County Business Leader Summit with United Way and Community College

October York County Community Conversation (outgrowth of Governor’s Summit on Early Childhood)

September Educare opens, Waterville Maine

May “Why do you Hurt Me” York County Child Abuse Prevention Council

April Hancock County Business Leader’s Summit

Dr. Felitti interviewed on Maine Things Considered public radio program

Dr. Felitti visits Maine, presents at: Maine Medical Center-Portland, Summer Institute in Washington County with Community Caring Collaborative, Maine Development Foundation, Maine Children’s Growth Council, Maine Medical Association, Eastern Maine Medical Center-Bangor


Child Abuse Action Network conference with Neil Boris focusing on ACEs as a common pathway to parental domestic violence, substance abuse, and mental illness; and attachment difficulty

November York County Community Conversation on Early Childhood

October Regional Economic Summit on Early Childhood (Bangor, ME)

October Regional Economic Summit on Early Childhood (Augusta, ME)

September Regional Economic Summit on Early Childhood (Portland, ME)

September Regional Economic Summit on Early Childhood (Bath, ME)

Business Leader’s Summit- Ellsworth, ME


Business Leader’s Summit-Brewer, ME

Maine Development Foundation Annual Meeting: Investing in our Most Precious Assets, speaker: Jack Shonkoff

Business leader roundtable four meetings

Maine Children’s Growth Council (in statute) has first meeting. Transition from the Children’s Task Force into the Growth Council


Governor’s Economic Summit on Early Childhood

Child Abuse Action Network conference with focus on resilience and family protective factors with Irwin Sandler and Laurie McCubbin

Governor’s Summit on Cardiovascular Health with Dr. Felitti

Community Counseling Center community practice center grant within National Child Traumatic Stress Network

THRIVE: Trauma Informed System of Care grant


Child Abuse Action Network conference on Child Impairment with Frank Putnam and a community panel

Healthy Start focus on parental ACEs and HEARTS (Health Experiences And Relationships That Support) and child resilience

Maine Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics Community Forum with Dr. Felitti (ACEs), Dr. Blum, (Protective Factors), Dr. Werner (Resilience)


Prior to 2005 in Maine, there were a number of conferences focused on children’s risk and resilience, including those hosted by the Maine Association for Infant Mental Health, Maine Child Abuse Action Network, Spurwink, etc.

Child Abuse Action Network conference with Dr. Felitti, with InterDepartmental Response Panel

Children’s Cabinet adds ACEs as one of top three priority areas

January American Academy of Pediatrics Forum, FutureSearch methodology


December Early Childhood Task Force becomes part of the Children’s Cabinet, chaired by Maine’s First Lady, Karen Baldacci

Grant from the federal Maternal Child Health Bureau


Mid-Maine Child Trauma Network community practice center within National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Vincent Felitti published article: “The Relation Between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Adult Health: Turning Gold into Lead”


Trauma Conference, Augusta


ACE Study published


Early Childhood Task Force Forums


Kmihqitahasultipon (We Remember) SAMHSA grant, Passamaquoddy Tribal Health Care

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