New Study shows success in reducing the effects of ACES!
CRI and the Walla Walla County Community Network along with four other rural communities in Washington State took on the challenges of (1) reducing ACEs, (2) increasing resilience, and (3) promoting healthy child development in their communities. The Washington State ACEs Public Private Initiative (APPI) recently released the Mathematica Policy Research and Community Science evaluation which finds evidence of impact on individual outcomes and differences in community capacity. All five APPI sites effectively decreased the social, emotional and physical problems linked to ACES.
The APPI sites provided full-spectrum prevention
The study team found evidence of positive changes for six strategies:
1. The ACEs and Resilience Awareness Campaign increased awareness of ACE concepts
among Walla Walla residents. Forty percent were aware of ACE concepts in 2014.
Almost all network members and partners reported being largely or extremely familiar
with ACEs and resilience concepts (97 and 90 percent, respectively). In addition, the
Walla Walla network has the highest level of awareness and use of ACEs and resilience
concepts among the five APPI networks.
2. The Commitment to Community initiative in Walla Walla resulted in a variety of
neighborhood improvement projects, including the building of a series of community
parks and park amenities such as benches and playgrounds, by community residents and
local businesses. In addition, a non-randomly selected group of residents in Walla Walla
reported positive attitudes toward their neighborhood and the Commitment to
3. The Lincoln High School initiative in Walla Walla achieved consistent improvement in
discipline and graduation indicators over a three- to five-year period. For example, the
number of students referred to the office for discipline problems decreased by 23
percentage points from 2007 to 2010.
The number of out-of-school suspension days per student decreased by 2.3 days
between 2007 and 2010, and another .25 day between 2010 and 2012. Graduation rates
increased by 13 percentage points between 2008 and 2010, and another 20 percentage
points between 2010 and 2013.
4. The Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) in Skagit County reduced prenatal smoking and
alcohol use among mothers. This program also helped reduce incidence of low
birthweight or very low birthweight infants. The Skagit County program results were
similar to or better than the outcomes of the Washington State and national NFP
5. The Omak Community Truancy Board in Okanogan is currently in its second year of
implementation. In the first year, the truancy board helped improve attendance for 15
(out of 20) referred students.
6. The Positive Social Norms Campaign in Okanogan decreased alcohol use among youth
by 10 percentage points.
“This work is an important demonstration of the kinds of progress and positive results
that can be generated from cost-effective public-private partnerships in the
community,” said Greg Williamson, an assistant director at the Washington Department
of Early Learning, an APPI member. “It is helping create a picture of how to improve
well-being for children and families.”
Read the full article here: APPI – Walla Walla Trumps ACEs