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

Report cover for the 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.

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.