Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences to Achieve Shared Public Health Goals
From a public health perspective, preventing early adversity before it begins by promoting safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments is crucial in order to achieve multiple health, well-being, and productivity goals across generations. To assure the conditions that prevent many early adversities from occurring in the first place, comprehensive approaches that minimize risk factors and promote protective factors at all levels of the social ecology are critically important. Participants in this session will receive an introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) science, including the impact ACEs can have on drug misuse and abuse, suicide, and other injury, violence, and health outcomes. They will also learn about societal factors that undermine healthy child development, which may be related to community members’ commitment to identifying and implementing collective prevention efforts. Evidence-based prevention policies will be reviewed within a health equity frame, placing special emphasis on the important role that multiple sectors (e.g., public health, social services, justice, and education) have to play in prevention. Addressing ACEs with a coordinated, multi-sectoral, community approach, programs that seek to prevent and reduce the impact of ACEs on vulnerable populations, data sources and measurement for ACEs, evaluating the implementation and impact of ACEs prevention programs, and integrating ACEs prevention into existing program frameworks will all be discussed.
1. Describe the relationship between ACEs and leading causes of adult morbidity and mortality
2. Discuss with coalition partners how to integrate ACEs prevention into an existing strategic framework
3. Discuss with partners potential data sources for collecting information related to ACEs in your community
Dr. Chris Jones
Senior Advisor, Director of Strategy and Innovation,
Injury Center, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention