Understanding and Addressing the Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

What do the rates of asthma, life dissatisfaction, and adult incarceration all have in common?
These experiences could be reduced by 22-67% if it weren’t for one thing… ACEs.

What are ACEs?

“ACEs” stands for “Adverse Childhood Experiences”. ACEs are situations or circumstances that people experience in childhood that negatively impact their physical, mental, and/or emotional well-being. The term “ACEs” comes from a study conducted by the CDC and Kaiser Permanente Department of Preventive Medicine. The ACEs Study grouped different types of ACEs into 3 main categories: Abuse, Neglect, and Household Dysfunction. The data from this original ACEs Study indicates that if a person experiences 1 ACE or more, their likelihood of developing health challenges increases.