By Vincent P. Staupe, Kaiser Permanente, October 9, 2019
Kaiser Permanente has committed $2.75 million to new research to help prevent and mitigate the health effects of adverse childhood experiences, known as ACEs. This effort, led by Kaiser Permanente research scientists, is part of our long-term commitment to improving the total health of our members and the communities we serve.
ACEs are traumatic childhood events that occur before the age of 18 across multiple categories, including abuse, neglect, household dysfunction, systemic racism, and living in a high crime neighborhood. Experiencing multiple ACEs can be associated with a long-lasting exaggerated stress response that has been linked to risky health behaviors and chronic health conditions. Previous studies have indicated that those with 4 or more ACEs are 12 times more likely to attempt suicide and those with 6 or more ACEs have a 20-year shorter life expectancy.
“We believe every child deserves a healthy start to their physical and mental health,” said Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente. “Our landmark research on ACEs brought new understanding to the long-term impacts of childhood trauma, and we are now expanding our work with the bold ambition to prevent and minimize ACEs — and create healthier and more resilient generations in the future.”
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Vincent Staupe, firstname.lastname@example.org, 510-267-7364