Pediatric Resiliency Collaborative

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Buffering Services Grants

Learn more about a new grant opportunity to address Adverse Childhood Experiences and toxic stress.

Network of Care

The Pediatric Resiliency Collaborative (PeRC) is a community partnership focused on expanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) screening and referral services to all pediatric clinics in Santa Barbara County and linking providers to relevant community systems. The partnership also seeks to facilitate knowledge sharing, collaboration, and alignment of efforts.

Community Partners

PeRC is convened by Cottage Health and key partners include:

PeRC’s vision is to build healthier families and communities by promoting trauma-informed [medical] care, supporting family resilience, and addressing ACEs in Santa Barbara County. ACEs are defined as stressful or traumatic experiences occurring before the age of 18, such as abuse, neglect, substance use, divorce, and/or domestic violence.

Collaborative Approach

Key approaches for the collaborative include:

Pediatric Resiliency Collaborative key approaches

  • Pediatric Clinic Support – serve as an information hub and resource for the full community of pediatricians interested in ACEs screening.
  • Perinatal Interventions – design and implement educational interventions in the perinatal setting related to ACEs and toxic stress.
  • Education and Awareness – provide education and raise awareness to the broader pediatrician community in Santa Barbara County on ACEs and toxic stress, new Medi-Cal requirements, and technical assistance.
  • Community Coordination – coordinate strategies and activities with other community-based organizations and networks.
  • Fundraising – monitor, identify and pursue funding opportunities.
  • Policy – advocate to state policymakers and insurance providers to sustain the program with ongoing reimbursement strategies.

PeRC Support for Clinics

PeRC supports clinics with technical assistance and training to implement ACEs screening. PeRC also provides critical staffing and supports to ensure that patients and families screening positive are connected to high quality resources.

The project activities include the following:

Pediatric Resiliency Collaborative project activitiesClick to Enlarge

Network of Care Buffering Services Grants

How to Apply

To learn more about the grant and how to apply, download the full Request for Proposals (RFP) and application. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on November 15, 2021.

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Application Form

Cottage Health, on behalf of the Pediatric Resiliency Collaborative (PeRC) and Resilient Santa Barbara County, is building a network of care across Santa Barbara County. PeRC has utilized the unique model of a dedicated navigator and child therapist working together to support clinics in their delivery of care.

Building on this network of care, Buffering Services Grants will integrate additional community-based services that help to address Adverse Childhood Experiences and toxic stress, focusing on the specific needs of each community.

Selected grantees will be incorporated into the current PeRC model, requiring coordination with the resource navigator and therapist.

Application Workshop

A virtual application workshop will be held on Friday, October 15, 2021 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. To sign-up to attend and receive a link to the workshop, e-mail Leah Wooldridge at

Technical Assistance

Technical assistance is available to applicants through November 12, 2021. To sign-up, e-mail Leah Wooldridge at with a list of the times when you are available for a 30-minute phone meeting. Please plan to include program staff on the call.

Contact Us

To learn more about how your clinic can participate, please contact:

Ama Atiedu
PeRC Program Manager
Cottage Health
Phone: 805-832-3239

Andria Barnes Ruth, M.D.
Co-chair, Pediatric Resiliency Collaborative
Sansum Clinic
Phone: (805) 617-7878

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