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Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences

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Date Developed: 05/18/2017. Source: National Conference of State Legislatures. Presenter(s): n.a.. Type: Video. Level: Introductory. Length: 55 minutes.


Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that can have negative, lasting effects on health and well-being of children. These experiences range from physical, emotional, or sexual abuse to parental divorce, economic hardships, or the incarceration of a parent or guardian. Multiple ACEs can lead to potentially negative consequences of riskier behavior and poorer health outcomes. This session helps legislators understand the impact of ACEs and policy options and strategies that support families and children’s health and well-being. Hear from a state that is tackling ACEs across child welfare, health and other policies.

Learning Objectives

• Understand the range of ACEs.

• Be able to translate the impact of ACEs into policy options and stategies.

• Learn from a state example.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $225,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.