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 Healthfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Cathy Brown||Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthemail@example.com|
|Dominique Adams||Danville-Pittsylvania Community Servicesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kimberly Kidd||Danville-Pittsylvania Community Servicesemail@example.com|
|Keith Cartwright||Virginia DBHDSfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Colleen Hughes||Virginia DBHDSemail@example.com|
|Nicole Gore||Virginia DBHDSfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Michael Olsen||Virginia DBHDSemail@example.com|
|Katharine Hunter||Virginia DBHDSfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kelly Bulin||Eastern Shore Community Servicesemail@example.com|
|Barbara Mulligan||Eastern Shore Community Servicesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Nikki Bacilio-High||Hampton-Newport News CSBemail@example.com|
|Cheryl Nixon||Hampton-Newport News CSBfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dana Gaskin||Hanover County CSBemail@example.com|
|Nicole Yarber||Highlands Community Servicesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Darrell Harmon||Highlands Community Servicesemail@example.com|
|Leslie Beasley||New River Valley Community Servicesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kathy Kenley||New River Valley Community Servicesemail@example.com|
|Linda Taylor||New River Valley Community Servicesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Bonnie Favero||Piedmont Community Servicesemail@example.com|
|Michelle Wagaman||Rappahannock Area CSBfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Amy Jindra||Rappahannock Area CSBemail@example.com|
|Emily Warren||Region Ten CSBfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sarah Robinson||Region Ten CSBemail@example.com|