Grant opportunity: Preventing & Responding to ACE-Associated Health Conditions & Toxic Stress in Clinics through Community Engagement (PRACTICE)


Act now and submit your Request for Information by Monday, March 21, 2022!

The UCLA-UCSF ACEs Aware Family Resilience Network (UCAAN) is partnering with the Public Health Institute’s Population Health Innovation Lab (PHIL) to build the Preventing and Responding to Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE)-Associated Health Conditions and Toxic Stress in Clinics through Community Engagement (PRACTICE) grant. 

About the grant 

This is a multimillion-dollar California statewide grant to: 

  • Strengthen partnerships to screen for ACEs and respond to toxic stress. 
  • Develop sustainable, evidence-informed, real-world clinical services that target ACE-associated health conditions and support the prevention of ACEs and response to toxic stress.
  • Build a sustainable workforce to support ACE screening, respond to the impacts of toxic stress and adversity, and promote ACEs prevention.

With support from the California Office of the Surgeon General and the Department of Health Care Services, PRACTICE will be releasing up to thirty grants, each ranging from $500k to up to $1 million, to support clinical teams mobilizing a health system’s response to address toxic stress within local California communities. 

Next steps for prospective applicants 

Alliance providers who are interested in applying for a PRACTICE grant are encouraged to complete the Request for Information (RFI) by this Monday, March 21, 2022.

The completion of the RFI is non-binding and not required.Responses will help grant organizers to better understand the existing ACEs landscape, assess organizational capacity across the state and plan for the technical assistance needed to ensure the success of selected grantees.  

Grantee criteria 

PRACTICE grantees must include members from each of the following: 

  1. A Medi-Cal frontline primary care clinic and/or consortia that have implemented ACE screening. 
  2. A community-based organization.
  3. A Medi-Cal health plan serving the partnership community.

The Medi-Cal frontline primary care clinic and/or consortia will serve as the lead applicant organization for the PRACTICE grants. 

More information and resources 

PRACTICE will provide funding support, technical assistance, and peer-to-peer learning to the clinical teams participating in this statewide learning collaborative. Findings from PRACTICE grantees will inform the next phase of the ACEs Aware initiative and ongoing work throughout California to develop partnerships, evidence and care practices that prevent and interrupt the impact of ACE-associated health conditions and toxic stress on California’s children and families. 

For more details, including eligibility information, visit the PHIL website or download the full grant announcement and RFI. 

You can also sign up for the PHIL mailing list and UCAAN’s ACEs Aware mailing list to be alerted as soon as the RFP is released.