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