The National Pediatric Practice Community on Adverse Childhood Experiences (NPPC), an initiative of the Center for Youth Wellness, aims to enhance the overall quality of pediatric care and improve health outcomes by integrating a toxic stress framework and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) screening and intervention into pediatric medicine. This initiative is part of a national effort to transform clinical understanding and practice for children exposed to early adversity and toxic stress.
The vision for the NPPC is to have primary care pediatricians and other pediatric serving physicians implement universal screening for ACEs and routinely use an understanding of ACEs and toxic stress to enhance the quality of patient care and health outcomes.
The NPPC will help prepare medical practices to adopt these innovations, provide practitioners with information and training on relevant subject matter, and engage its members to inform future research based on clinical experiences. Clinical practice communities have been found to be effective approaches to surface new ideas, impart and share knowledge, bolster collaborative learning, and support the integration of new clinical protocols. As a 3 year initiative, the NPPC has the goal of supporting 1,000 pediatric medical providers in making ACEs screening and intervention part of their routine clinical practice.