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Introducing the ACE Center Task Force of Shelby County

 

Local leaders have announced the Greater Memphis community as the future site of two pilot “parenting places” that will focus on providing parents and caregivers with preemptive access to professional support to prevent or reduce challenges to their young children’s emotional and behavioral health.

 

Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam, Memphis Mayor AC Wharton, Jr., Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, Jr. will serve as ex officio members of the new ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Center Task Force of Shelby County. They join a team of 40 local leaders dedicated to raising community awareness about the costly and harmful outcomes of toxic stress that affect many if not most families during the course of a child’s development, and can undermine all forms of health.

 

Over the next year, the ACE Center Task Force will roll out a two-pronged approach to addressing the effects of toxic stress on the community:

 

1. A county-wide ACE survey will be administered this summer.

 

2. The Survey will be followed by the January 2015 launch of two pilot parenting places open to families seeking state-of-the-art, welcoming and preventive approaches to reducing challenges to their children’s emotional and behavioral health. The parenting places will be open to all families, regardless of income.

 

The effort is made possible through the partnership of Porter-Leath, which will administrate the parenting places, and Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women and Knowledge Quest, which will serve as hosts to the first two locations.

 

The Shelby County pilot project is based on the work of international speaker Robin Karr-Morse, author of “Scared Sick: The Role of Childhood Trauma in Adult Disease” and “Ghosts from the Nursery,” and founder of the Parenting Institute based in Portland, Oregon. She will serve as a consultant for the Memphis pilot program, along with Vincent J. Felitti, MD, international speaker and co-investigator of the original Adverse Childhood Experiences Study.

 

To learn more, contact Gwendolyn Price at gprice@porterleath.org.

 

Read the Press Release (PDF)

 


 

Members of the ACE Center Task Force of Shelby County:

 

Barbara Holden Nixon*

Chair

Early Childhood Consultant 

Gwendolyn Price*

Parenting Place Director

Porter-Leath

 

Cynthia Allen

Co-Chair

System Community Involvement Manager

Baptist Memorial Health Care

 

Sandra Allen

Director

Center for Children & Parents

LeBonheur Children's Hospital

 

Cardell Orrin

Co-Chair

Memphis City Director, Stand for Children

Belinda Anderson

Community Leader

 

Director Toney Armstrong

Memphis Police Department

 

 

 

Nancy Bogatin

Retired Advertising Executive

Mayor’s Advisory Council on Education

 

 

Rachel Lundeen

Chief of Staff

Office of the First Lady

Representing TN First Lady Crissy Haslam

 

Sonji Branch

Principal

Solutions Plus Consulting Services

 

Yvonnne Madlock

Director

Shelby County Health Department 

Ruby Bright

Executive Director

Women’s Foundation for Greater Memphis

 

Karen Matthews

President and CEO

Delta Health Alliance

 

Rev. Margaret Burnett

Associate Pastor Outreach Ministry

Idlewild Presbyterian Church

 

Keenan McCloy

Director of Libraries

Memphis Public Library & Information Center

 

Stephen Bush

Chief Public Defender

Law Offices of Shelby County

Public Defender

 

Michelle Miller

Family Stability Program Coordinator

Knowledge Quest

 

 

Chief Bill Cash

Shelby County Sheriff's Office

 

Amy Moritz

Director

Center for Transforming Communities

 

Kelli H. Davis

Director of Grief &

Trauma Resolution Therapy

Lakeside Behavioral Health Hospital

 

Jenny Nevels*

Executive Director

Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation 

Marlon Foster*

Executive Director

Knowledge Quest

 

Maureen O’Connor

Director of Public Policy

Administrative Director of Trauma

LeBonheur Children’s Hospital

 

Lucia Gilliland

Community Leader

 

Chris Peck*

Associate Director

Pyramid Peak Foundation

 

Willeen Hasting

CEO

Memphis Health Center

 

Owen P. Phillips

Professor OB-GYN/

Dean of Students Affairs

UT College of Medicine

 

Doug Imig*

Professor

University of Memphis

 

Barbara Prescott

Executive Director

People First Partnership 

Sean Lee*

President

Porter-Leath

 

Courtney Robertson*

Special Assistant to Executive Director

Knowledge Quest

 

 

Douglas Scarboro

Executive Director

Memphis City Mayor's Office

of Talent and Human Capital

Representing City Mayor AC Wharton, Jr

 

Mike Warr*

Executive Vice President

for Development and New Business

Porter-Leath

 

Antony Sheehan

President

Church Health Center

 

Robin Waters

Teacher

Achievement School District

 

Tish Towns

Sr. Vice President

Advocacy and External Relations

Regional One Health

 

General Amy Weirich

District Attorney General

Shelby County

Anita Vaughn*

CEO and Administrator

Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women

 

Paula Wilkinson

Director/CONCERN

Baptist Memorial Health Care

 

Keisha M. Walker

Administrator

Office of Early Childhood & Youth

Shelby County Government

Representing Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, Jr.

 

 

Linda Williams

President & CEO

RISE Foundation

 

Marilyn Robinson

Senior Vice President

Marketing & Government Relations

Saint Francis Hospital

 

Gwendolyn Wright

Regional Coordinator

Tennessee Commission

on Children & Youth 

Ellen Rolfes*

Consultant

 

 

 

*Executive Committee member

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