Adverse Childhood Experiences

Early Life Events That Can Damage Our Adult Health

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About This Series

Traumatic childhood events like abuse and neglect can create dangerous levels of stress and derail healthy brain development—resulting in long-term effects on learning, behavior and health. A growing network of leaders in research, policy and practice are leading the way in preventing adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and mitigating their impact through building resilience. This series contains commentary from experts and resources detailing innovative approaches for improving mental and physical health using an ACEs framework. 

The Latest Commentary and Resources


How Childhood Experiences Shape Our Nation's Health

March 12, 2015 | Blog Post

New findings suggest that Americans are ready for new approaches address early childhood trauma and stress. To do that in a big way, we need more than science—we need a movement.


What Shapes Health

March 2, 2015 | Survey/Poll

What is the public's perception of factors they believe impact their health? Americans recognize that effective steps in improving health go beyond medical care, including economic, environmental, and school-, work-, and diet-related measures.


Violence and the Media in 2014: Q&A with Lori Dorfman

December 18, 2014 | Blog Post

Eric Antebi describes a culture of violence as the antithesis to a Culture of Health during an interview with Lori Dorfman, who has spent decades monitoring how the media cover violence and other public health issues.

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Early Life Events That Can Damage Our Adult Health

Increase awareness and understanding of the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the need to develop effective innovative interventions.

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