ACESTooHigh is a nonpartisan traditional online news site that reports on research about positive and adverse childhood experiences, including developments in epidemiology, neurobiology, and the biomedical and epigenetic consequences of toxic stress. We also cover how people, organizations, agencies and communities are implementing practices and policies based on the research. This includes developments in education, juvenile justice, criminal justice, public health, medicine, mental health, social services, and cities, counties and states.
Most of the content on ACEsTooHigh.com comprises news articles. News coverage decisions are made independent of any outside influence or cause other than providing information to the public and serving their communities. ACEsTooHigh posts some op-eds, both by invitation and by staff members. Donors and volunteers do not have input on what news is covered or how it is reported.
Jane Stevens is the editor of ACESTooHigh, and founder and publisher of PACEs Connection, which comprises ACEsTooHigh.com and its companion social journalism network, PACEsConnection.com. PACEs Connection is an independent social journalism organization. PACEs Connection has been generously funded by Seedlings Foundation, the Blue Shield of California Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The California Endowment, the Lisa Stone Pritzker Family Fund, the George Sarlo Foundation, Genentech, and St. David’s Foundation. We are very grateful for this support. PACEs Connection operates as a non-profit under the auspices of its fiscal sponsor, Third Sector New England (tsne.org).
In a nutshell, I’ve been a journalist for more than 40 years, and have focused on health, science and technology. My articles have appeared in the Boston Globe, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and National Geographic. I began reporting about the ACE Study and related research in 2005. I’ve lived and worked in Kenya and Indonesia, and have been to Antarctica – in the winter — three times on reporting fellowships.
If you want to contact me, do so at jstevens at paces connection dot com. I welcome your tips, contributions, corrections and ideas.
Before formally launching ACEsTooHigh and PACEsConnection in January 2012, I was director of media strategies at The World Company in Lawrence, KS, where we developed a local social journalism health news site called WellCommons. WellCommons is a model site for the concept of social journalism, which combines a journalism platform with social networking platform. The World Company eventually sold the news site and reverted to traditional journalism by closing down WellCommons.
Dr. Lori Dorfman of Berkeley Media Studies Group and I directed the Reporting on Violence project, which has operated out of the BMSG offices since the mid 1990s. I’ve taught at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, where I helped found the multimedia reporting track and helped developed training programs for hundreds of mid-career journalists who wanted to transition to digital journalism.
My background includes TV reporting for WGBH-TV; positions as copy editor, assistant foreign-national editor, sci-tech reporter and columnist for newspapers (Boston Globe, the old San Francisco Examiner); and as a video journalist for New York Times TV. I founded a health/science/technology feature service with more than 20 client news organizations worldwide. I’ve done magazine writing (Science, Nature, National Geographic, Technology Review, Los Angeles Times Magazine); was a multimedia journalist, doing reporting for Discovery Channel; and led teams to create TOPP.org and the Great Turtle Race of 2007, hosted by Yahoo!. I’ve been fortunate to live in and report from Kenya and Bali, Indonesia; have been to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean on the deep-sea submersible Alvin, and to the “bottom of the world” in Antarctica three times on research icebreakers.
Fellowships awarded include two from the National Science Foundation and one from the Australia Antarctic Division for travel to Antarctica; a Reynolds Journalism Fellowship at the University of Missouri; and the Knight-McCormick Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. All of them changed and enriched my life immensely, and I am grateful and so lucky to have received them.
I’m also writing a book about positive and adverse childhood experiences, and how people, organizations and communities are implementing healing-centered (trauma-informed) policies and practices based on the science of positive and adverse childhood experiences.
Comments are welcome, as long as the discussion is civil. No cyber-trauma allowed.