About NAC

Many Northern California Counties are disproportionately affected by high Adverse Child Experience (ACE) scores relative to other regions in California. Domestic violence is an indicator in the ACE spectrum along with other Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) which play a critical role in healthy families. 


The Population Health Innovation Lab (PHIL), a program of the Public Health Institute, will support the formation of a Northern California collaborative and act as the backbone, to support and enhance current activities in the six pilot target counties of Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Shasta, Tehama, and Trinity.  The focus is on identifying and addressing opportunities for policy and systems change that mitigate issues of trauma and domestic violence using the Life-Course Model. The Collaborative is built on existing long-standing partnerships in Northern California rural counties. The counties have addressed various aspects of ACEs, Trauma, and or DV individually. Given the similar demographic nature and a large landmass of the participating rural counties, acknowledging the fluidity of the population, we propose a regional approach to address trauma and domestic violence.

Current Partners

African American Family and Cultural Center

Boys & Girls Clubs of the North Valley

Butte County Office of Education

Butte County Public Health

Catalyst Domestic Violence Services

Colusa County Health and Human Services Agency

Dignity Health Plan

Empower Tehama

Expect More Tehama

First 5 Shasta County

First 5 Trinity County

Glenn County Health and Human Services

Glenn County Office of Education

Human Response Network

Northern California Child Development Inc

Northern Valley Catholic Social Service (NVCSS)

Orland Joint Unified School District

Shasta County Office of Education

Shasta County Probation

Shasta County Health and Human Services

Shasta Women's Refuge, One SAFE Place

Tehama County Department of Education

Tehama County Health Services Agency

Tehama County Social Services

Terri Fields-Hosler (Ret.) Shasta Public Health Director

Trinity County Office of Education

Trinity County Probation Department



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Meet Our Team


Sue Grinnell

Principle Investigator and PHIL Director

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Kathryn Stewart

Strategy & Partnership Development Lead


Shanthal Ferreyra

Program Associate II