What Are Adverse Childhood Experiences?
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that can have negative, lasting effects on health and well-being. These experiences range from physical, emotional, or sexual abuse to parental divorce or the incarceration of a parent or guardian. This adversity can harm a child’s brain and its development, which can result in long-term negative health and social outcomes.
Preventing ACEs is a great opportunity for improving the well-being of human populations.
This image shows the percentage of various health and social problems that epidemiologists estimate are caused by ACEs. The calculation that is commonly used to do this in public health studies is called Population Attributable Risk; this is displayed as a percentage as an “oil spill” on this slide. The percentage of a problem coated by the oil spill represents the percentage of each problem that is potentially preventable by preventing ACEs.
ACEs Are Preventable
ACEs may be common, but they are preventable. The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services’ Office of Behavioral Health Wellness is working to raise awareness in local communities and at the state level of the significant behavioral, emotional and physical outcomes of childhood trauma.
If you are interested in having one of our ACEs presenters present to your organization, our presenters are listed below.
|Odette Iferika||Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthemail@example.com|
|Cathy Brown||Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dominique Adams||Danville-Pittsylvania Community Servicesemail@example.com|
|Kimberly Kidd||Danville-Pittsylvania Community Servicesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Keith Cartwright||Virginia DBHDSemail@example.com|
|Colleen Hughes||Virginia DBHDSfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Nicole Gore||Virginia DBHDSemail@example.com|
|Michael Olsen||Virginia DBHDSfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Katharine Hunter||Virginia DBHDSemail@example.com|
|Kelly Bulin||Eastern Shore Community Servicesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Barbara Mulligan||Eastern Shore Community Servicesemail@example.com|
|Nikki Bacilio-High||Hampton-Newport News CSBfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Cheryl Nixon||Hampton-Newport News CSBemail@example.com|
|Dana Gaskin||Hanover County CSBfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Nicole Yarber||Highlands Community Servicesemail@example.com|
|Darrell Harmon||Highlands Community Servicesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Leslie Beasley||New River Valley Community Servicesemail@example.com|
|Kathy Kenley||New River Valley Community Servicesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Linda Taylor||New River Valley Community Servicesemail@example.com|
|Bonnie Favero||Piedmont Community Servicesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Michelle Wagaman||Rappahannock Area CSBemail@example.com|
|Amy Jindra||Rappahannock Area CSBfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Emily Warren||Region Ten CSBemail@example.com|
|Sarah Robinson||Region Ten CSBfirstname.lastname@example.org|