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Kansas Power of the Positive

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In this case study, we have summarized how we established a cross-sector partnership, agreed on a shared vision of all Kansas children living in safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments, a shared commitment to reduce the number of children exposed to 3+ ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) to under 10% by 2020, identified six strategies for accomplishing this commitment and organized two workgroups to implement these strategies. As a result, we saw increased dissemination of information on ACEs and use of consistent messaging, changes in partners’ organizations, and increased funding for evidence-based programs. With limited resources but considerable enthusiasm, Kansas has made great strides towards changing mindsets about safe, stable, nurturing, relationships and environments and creating a platform for supporting family-friendly policy change.

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Roper, V.B., Haskett, L., Maack, A. et al. Kansas Power of the Positive. Int. Journal on Child Malt. 1, 195–204 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s42448-018-0010-2

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Keywords

  • Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
  • Community collaboration
  • Essentials for Childhood
  • Family-friendly work environments
  • Prevention