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Applications now open for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Consortium’s training program to become certified ACEs trainers 

WHAT:  Blue Cross® Blue Shield® of Arizona (BCBSAZ) is providing scholarships to 40 individuals  within Arizona communities and organizations to complete the Adverse Childhood  Experiences (ACEs) Consortium’s 5-week training program to become a certified ACEs  trainer. Training participants will gain a deeper understanding of the ACEs study,  both  nationally and in Arizona, and the short- and long-term impacts of trauma  along the age continuum from children to adults. Participants will learn resilience  and trauma-informed care strategies, skills, and resources to support those who have  experienced adversity/trauma.  

WHY:  Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events that happen in  childhood. In Arizona, more than half of adults have experienced at least one ACE, and  the higher the number of traumatic experiences before the age of 18, the greater the  risk for numerous health and social problems throughout a person's lifetime. BCBSAZ  is committed to building trauma-informed care capacity statewide to improve mental  health outcomes for Arizonans. Certified ACEs trainers will gain knowledge and skills to  help inspire communities to break the cycle and mitigate the impact of ACEs or toxic stress and help foster the health and well-being of Arizonans.  

WHEN/WHERE: Virtual training every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for 5 weeks, beginning October 19,  2021. 

WHO SHOULD APPLY: Individuals who are interested in deepening their knowledge about ACEs and the trauma- informed approach and are committed to continuing this work in their communities.  Experience working in this area is helpful, but not required. 

MORE:  To learn more or apply for the ACEs training scholarship, visit:

WHO:  Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) is committed to helping Arizonans get healthier faster and stay healthier longer. With a focus on connecting people with the care they need, BCBSAZ offers health insurance and related services, including access to specialized Medicare health plans, to more than 1.9 million customers, as well as comprehensive education resources that help Arizonans better understand their health insurance options. Through advanced clinical programs and community outreach, BCBSAZ is inspiring health in Arizona. BCBSAZ, a not-for-profit company, is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. The company and its subsidiaries employ more than 2,500 people in its Phoenix, Chandler, Flagstaff, and Tucson offices. To learn more, visit . 

MEDIA:  For questions about the scholarships or ACEs training, contact: Amanda Siedler at