A deeper look at ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences): the study, the theory, the practice
Tuesday, November 3, 2015: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Results of the ACE study have had a major and increasing influence on Maternal and Child Health practice in recent years. Nearly half of state Title V programs, for example, have adopted priorities that reflect or respond to the study finding that adverse experiences in childhood are predictive of later adverse health outcomes. Efforts to avert or ameliorate impact of the particular experience ascertained in the study have been adopted in maternal and child public health, clinical and research settings. While this course of action has been widely embraced, questions have been raised about how the specific experiences ascertained in the study relate to broader social factors and to theories which link both disparities and adverse health outcomes to social determinants. This session will provide a forum for broad discussion of the study, looking at both its potential value and its limitations as a framework for MCH. Presenters with broad MCH experience and important insights into the meaning of the ACE study will lay out the issues, leaving time for carefully moderated audience conversation on this topic.
Session Objectives: Explain how the ACE findings have been adopted nationally as a framework for MCH practice;
Assess the strengths and limitations of ACE findings as a framework for childhood adversity and consequent health disparities and adverse health status;
Provide at least 3 examples of MCH intervetions aimed at addressing the impact of childhood adversity on health
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Organized by: Maternal and Child Health
Endorsed by: Women's Caucus, APHA-Committee on Women's Rights
Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)