Mott Children’s Health Center Hosts Successful Tuuri Day ACEs SummitFocused on Childhood Trauma and the Importance of Resilience


Mott Children’s Health Center hosted the highly successful 2018 Tuuri Day ACEs Summit on June 7, 2018 focused on education and awareness of adverse childhood experiences and the importance of resilience. Over 400 people attended the day-long event representing over 100 different organizations across the state including representatives from education, law enforcement, healthcare, social work and beyond.

“We are thrilled with the interest and engagement from the Genesee County community and beyond with this important topic,” said Todd Wiseley, President and CEO of Mott Children’s Health Center. “We will continue to take a leadership role in Genesee County on this public health priority.”

The term ACE refers to adverse childhood experiences, or childhood trauma. The Tuuri Day agenda included nationally recognized speakers in the field including Dr. Vincent Felitti, one of the principal co-investigators of the original ACE Study, and Principal Jim Sporleder, the former principal of Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA who implemented a trauma informed approach to education with incredible results. Both men were profiled in the ACE movies “Resilience” and “Paper Tigers.”

Participants at this year’s Tuuri Day ACEs Summit left with plans for themselves and their organizations outlining actions they plan to take in the next few months related to ACEs education and awareness and the importance of resilience.

MCHC will be hosting follow-up sessions related to ACEs and resiliency over the coming months. Info on those sessions will be available on their website and social media accounts. Topics will include:

  • Examining the Link between Human Trafficking and ACE’s
  • ACEs and Children’s Behavioral Health Resources
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • The Relationship Between Adverse Childhood Experiences and the Usage of Opioid Medications
  • CRIM: ACEs and Mindfulness

“Addressing this issue holds so much promise for population health and well-being. I am proud of our organization for engaging in this initiative. Our staff, our board and our community partners have really rallied around this cause, and they should be commended for the work that they do,” said Eric Peterson, Chairman of the Board of Mott Children’s Health Center.

Tuuri Day is an annual educational event hosted by MCHC in honor of Dr. Arthur Tuuri, the first President of Mott Children’s Health Center and an advocate for the children of Flint and Genesee County.

About Mott Children’s Health Center:

Our mission is to improve health outcomes for at-risk children in Genesee County. We provide pediatric medical, dental and behavioral health services to eligible children and adolescents at our family friendly building in Flint. To find out more, call 810. 767.5750 or visit


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