Proceedings of the National Collaborative on Adversity and Resilience (NCAR)

Meeting Held: December 12, 2013

National Collaborative on Adversity Resilence

Leaders in adverse childhood experiences and resilience meet to map out the next phase of a national movement.

The Issue:

Early childhood trauma—such as physical abuse or witnessing violence—can last a lifetime and manifest in physical and mental health problems throughout a person’s life. The National Collaborative on Adversity and Resilience (NCAR) is a national movement committed to preventing childhood trauma and creating a just, healthy, and resilient world. In December 2013, some 35 NCAR leaders in adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) research, policy, and practice convened at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to follow up on the national summit on ACEs earlier in the year.

We are here today because, 15 or so years ago, visionary leaders, public health professionals and clinicians did courageous and cutting-edge work around adversity and its far-reaching impact on children and families."             – Angelo Giardino, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Chief Medical Officer, Texas Children’s Health Plan, Houston, TX

Action Steps:

The attendees defined five action steps for the national movement on ACEs and resilience:

  1. Establish an organizational structure that is fluid, inclusive, and forward-looking modeled on best practices for collective action.
  2. Engage social media and existing Internet networks for sustained dialogue, decision-making, and information sharing.
  3. Measure success of programs to evaluate progress and be accountable to members and supporters.
  4. Convene regularly to take collective action.
  5. Secure funding to further the work.


The group agreed to be guided by principles of equity, inclusivity, and a broad definition of wellness that includes, physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Learn about strategic goals and about the meeting by downloading the report. 

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