Resources for Better Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences–and how they impact youth and children

Robert Wood Johnson

Some of the interesting research prevention right now is around what are called ACES–Adverse Childhood Experiences.  Local coalitions like the Lake County Collaborative Management Program’s Interagency Oversight Group have been focusing on these ACES and how understanding them better might ensure better youth outcomes in Lake County.

Here is a description of the ACES, from the CDC website:

…Certain experiences are major risk factors for the leading causes  of illness and death as well as poor quality of life in the United States.  Progress in preventing and recovering from the nation’s worst health and social  problems is likely to benefit from understanding that many of these  problems arise as a consequence of adverse childhood experiences.

Here are some new ACES resources, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation:

  • Video remarks from leading researchers, policy makers, and practitioners across the country, who are, as Robert Anda, CDC, says, participating in “a social movement that can drive people in different service sectors to make a difference in the way they treat and interact with people who are affected by adversity.”
  • ACEs Summit materials—including videos and downloads from keynote and panelist presentations at the inaugural National Summit on ACEs—are available from the Institute for Safe Families, which cohosted the event with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation;
  • An infographic illustrating the prevalence and impact of ACEs; and
  • Case studies from the Harvard Graduate School of Education on three initiatives working to improve young children’s social-emotional growth and academic learning by providing direct support to parents and teachers.
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