Adverse Childhood Experiences

A collection of news, perspectives, and other resources to help raise awareness, prevent ACEs and improve resiliency.

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About ACEs

Traumatic childhood events such as abuse, neglect, witnessing experiences such as crime, parental conflict, mental illness, and substance abuse 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 developing approaches to prevent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and mitigate their impact through building resilience. This collection contains commentary from experts and resources detailing innovative approaches for improving mental and physical health using an ACEs framework.

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The Most Important Thing We Can Do to Give Kids a Healthy Start in 2016

December 29, 2015 | Blog Post

Supporting parents and families is one of the most critical things we can do to safeguard a healthy future for our nation's kids.

Why Nursing is Key to a Culture of Health

October 9, 2015 | Blog Post

Nurses can lead at all levels and in a range of locations, whether in a posh hospital boardroom or inner-city Philadelphia. They just need to be given the chance.

Collaborating Across Sectors to Grow Healthy Kids

September 30, 2015 | Blog Post

Schools and health care systems are usually considered separate entities, but schools play an important role in building a Culture of Health. See how cross-sector collaborations can ensure children strong starts to healthy, productive lives.

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.