Events in childhood contribute to how we carry our stress load as an adult. There is a growing field of research within public health that focuses on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and associated outcomes.
We work in the community to train individuals and organizations on prevention and mitigation interventions because we are passionate about changing the narrative and reducing this public health burden.
Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years). For example:
Also included are aspects of the child’s environment that can undermine their sense of safety, stability, and bonding such as growing up in a household with:
ACEs are linked to chronic health problems, mental illness, and substance misuse in adulthood. ACEs can also negatively impact education and job opportunities.
By identifying and understanding stress patterns and contributing factors, we can make better choices, and use tools and techniques to address them.
ACEs are common. About 61% of adults surveyed across 25 states reported that they had experienced at least one type of ACE, and nearly 1 in 6 reported they had experienced four or more types of ACEs.
Preventing ACEs could potentially reduce a large number of health conditions. For example, up to 1.9 million cases of heart disease and 21 million cases of depression could have been potentially avoided by preventing ACEs.
Some children are at greater risk than others. Women and several racial/ethnic minority groups were at greater risk for having experienced 4 or more types of ACEs.
ACEs are costly. The economic and social costs to families, communities, and society totals hundreds of billions of dollars each year.
Our trainers and coaches understand the prevalence and impact of trauma on the brain. They take a trauma-informed approach when introducing information, concepts, and skills, in both training and coaching.
We are available for ACEs awareness training for groups and organizations, and to help guide organizations to use a trauma-informed lens in their policies and practices with clients, customers, and work teams.