Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, are shown to increase the risk of chronic health conditions including substance use disorder. These ACES, frequently experienced as “trauma” in early childhood, can have a profound impact on one’s health. Fortunately, there is growing recognition that a trauma-informed approach can help individuals, organizations and systems better serve those living with addiction. Join the National Overdose Prevention Network (NOPN)  for a conversation with a researcher and practitioner about the link between ACEs and substance use. We will explore specific partnership opportunities that can benefit your work, and approaches to reframing the conversation in our communities.


Kelly King, PhD

Senior TA Consultant

American Institutes for Research

Kelly King is senior technical assistance consultant at AIR with more than a decade of direct experience developing, managing, and evaluating community-based, cross-sector initiatives designed to improve health and reduce recidivism outcomes among individuals impacted by addiction. Dr. King serves as a Core Coach for the National Reentry Resource Center, providing…

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Brandon Jones, MA

Psychotherapist, Professor and Consultant


Minneapolis-St.Paul, MN

Brandon is a Psychotherapist, Professor, Consultant. He specializations in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Historical and Intergenerational Trauma, Social/Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Leadership, and Youth Justice. Born and raised in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Brandon has survived living in a home of domestic violence and various other forms of trauma. Brandon holds a…

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Carmen Rita Nevarez, MD, MPH

Sr. Vice President Emeritus, External Relations and Preventive Medicine

Public Health Institute

Oakland, CA

  • Director, Center for Health Leadership and Practice, Public Health Institute, Oakland, CA

Carmen Nevarez, MD, MPH, is PHI's Senior Vice President for External Relations and Preventive Medicine Advisor and the Director of the Center for Health Leadership and Practice. A long-standing voice for the public's health, Nevarez is responsible for developing relationships with health and public health organizations and interests, advocating for…

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