The BCR Approach
Childhood adversity or trauma such as exposure to abuse and neglect, parental substance abuse and incarceration are often rooted in community environments lacking equity, as measured by concentrated poverty, poor housing conditions, higher risk to violence and victimization and homelessness. These are adverse childhood experiences occurring in the context of adverse community environments – what BCR has coined the ‘Pair of ACEs.’
Until now, no process has existed to create a multi-sector response to address the Pair of ACEs or the policies and practices driving the inequitable outcomes they produce. Using the BCR process, tools and resources, community partners across the country are bringing together diverse coalitions to address long-standing inequities, communicating ACEs as a national public health concern, and shaping policy, practice and programs to support and build resilience.