ACEs & Resilience Network

Appalachian Promise Alliance creates space for those who want to learn more about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and how to build resilience in our community for our children, youth, and families.

Our Northeast Tennessee Resilience Network supports the upper eight counties of Northeast Tennessee. We connect community members, organizations, businesses and government entities around resilience-building work. “Because when communities come together to strengthen families, the whole community benefits.”

For more information or to join the network, please contact us on our Contact page and choose “ACES & Resilience” in the dropdown menu.

Resilience Tree

Resilience Survey

As we seek to align the work already being done in our upper 8 counties, we ask that you take a few minutes to complete our survey and let us know what you or your organization are doing to “move the needle” on a more resilient region.

What are PACES?

More than two decades ago, two respected researchers, clinical physician Dr. Vincent Felitti and CDC epidemiologist Robert Anda, published the game-changing Adverse Childhood Experiences Study. It revealed a troubling but irrefutable phenomenon: the more traumatic experiences the respondents had as children (such as physical and emotional abuse and neglect), the more likely they were to develop health problems later in life—problems such as cancer, heart disease, and high blood pressure.
Further research has shown that Positive experiences – especially during childhood – can help lower the risk of negative health outcomes.

Building Resilience

Trauma-Informed Care is the first step in building resilience in ourselves, our friends, neighbors and community. When we take steps to actively build resilience, we are mitigating – or easing – the impact that ACEs can have in our community. Building resilience can come in many forms and can happen across the course of a person’s life.
It’s never too late to build resilience!

To learn more or to get involved in building a more resilient community, fill out the form at the bottom of this page and plan to join us at our next Resilient Network meeting.

Our Trainings


This program is funded in part by TN Department of Children’s Services, Building Strong Brains Tennessee, and United Way of Bristol TN/VA.
  • Trauma Informed Approach: Key Principles and Assumptions (4hrs)
  • Trauma Informed Specialized Training (2hrs)
  • Train the Trainer (6hrs)
  • Building Strong Brains full (1.5hrs)
  • Building Strong Brains (1hr)
  • Building Strong Brains (30min)
  • Building Strong Brains presentation (15min)
From 4hrs in-depth trainings to 15 minute presentations, these trainings can be tailored to fit the needs of your organization.

Developed in partnership with United Way of Southwest Virginia, from information collected from TN Commission on Children and Youth, ACE Interface, Peaceful Homes, and SAMHSA Trauma-Informed Training. This is a level-set training for the Appalachian Highlands region.

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