UC San Diego Health will receive $3 million to address adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), a term that describes potentially traumatic events that affect children, such as family violence, abuse or neglect. ACTRI will lead the community-based initiative aimed at intervention with an ultimate goal of reducing associated childhood obesity. Latino children are more likely to be obese (25.8%) compared to white children (14.1%). The money is part of the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine (CIAPM) funded by the California Comeback Plan recently signed by Governor Gavin Newsom.
For more details, read the press release from UC San Diego Health here.
The story was also picked up by local media outlets, including CBS8 and KPBS, including an interview with the project's Principal Investigators Dr. Gary Firestein and Blanca Meléndrez on the podcast Midday Edition.
Read the State of California's press release here.