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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A Focus on Healthy Children

RWJF funds projects that enable children, particularly those most vulnerable, to grow up physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively well and at a healthy weight.

Latest News on ACES

Home Visits Empower Families to Achieve Brighter Futures

September 14, 2017 | Blog Post

Home visiting programs help parents give kids a healthy start. Many families benefit from these services, but millions more could.

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.

Menominee Nation, Wisconsin

October 28, 2015 | Story

Menominee Nation is improving health by reclaiming traditional culture and using trauma-specific interventions to foster healing from historical losses. As a result, 4-year graduation rates increased from less than 60% in 2007 to nearly 99% in 2014.

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.