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Preventing ACEs 246Enter a Challenge - How would you prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in a community?


HeroX is a platform where you can design challenges around problems you need solved, and solvers work to come up with a solution and win a prize. Innovative solutions are found through the power of crowdsourcing - the wisdom of the crowd.

We've set a Challenge as follows:

We are looking for ideas that must address the question, "Thinking about the root causes, how do we successfully engage one of these groups; youth (future parents), parents, caregivers e.g. grandparents in PREVENTING some ACEs in the first place, in a cost-effective way?"

We are looking for innovative ideas that can be piloted in any community (which can be location based e.g. estate, township or a group defined by a common factor e.g. new parents, ethnicity). The ideas can describe a service or technology or a mixture of both. Obviously one can suggest ideas which would cost $Ms to implement but this is totally impractical. Think of what can be simply done by a community themselves, a non-profit or a social enterprise / B-Corp.

There will be up to 5 prizes of $500 each for highly promising ideas.

It's no good to just say for example, 'hold parenting classes'. Attendance at these is historically very low due to time pressure, both parents needing to attend, privacy, pride, fear of judgement, apathy, etc. They may not attract parents with high ACEs. Think of such barriers in the community. Ideas should therefore show how such barriers can be overcome to engage large numbers in the selected community.

As you would expect, people with a high number of ACEs tend to migrate to deprived areas due to the effect of their trauma and they often pass their ACEs to their children (intergenerational trauma). Having said that, the original ACE study was with 17000 middle-class individuals in a health plan in the USA – this correlated the number of ACEs with increasing health conditions. So ACEs are prevalent in any population.

You don’t need to be an expert to participate in this challenge. We’re looking for people who empathize deeply with this problem, want to explore it more thoroughly, believe that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can be prevented, and can communicate a clear idea / vision.

Teams/individuals can create multiple submissions e.g. a solution for one group and a different solution for another, a solution for one ACE for a group and a different solution for another.

The Challenge is open now and closes on 24th January 2022 when entries will be judged and the winners announced on 14th February 2022.

Read more (see Overview, Guidelines, Timeline, etc.) and enter the Challenge here.

And feel free to pass this on to anyone you feel may be interested (and creative!). Thanks.


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