Michigan Lawmakers Declare Childhood Trauma a Critical Health Issue [wwmt.com]


By Rachel Glaser, WWMT West Michigan, February 13, 2020

Childhood trauma has life-long, wide reaching consequences, according to a study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on adverse childhood experiences, also known as ACEs.

In early February, Michigan lawmakers passed a resolution declaring that ACEs a critical health issue. State officials estimated 70% of Michigan adults experienced one ACE before the age of 18.

The CDC scores people on a scale of 0-10 for adverse childhood experiences.

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In 2000, at [then Dartmouth, now] Geisel Medical School 'Grand Rounds', an Epidemiologist reported: "52% of Detroit Metropolitan Area Schoolchildren met the DSM-IV criteria for PTSD". That was before I learned of the US CDC/Kaiser-Permanente ACE study, The World Health Organization apparently thought the study was valid and important enough, that they adopted [and expanded upon] the CDC ACE Screening Tool, called the 'WHO ACE International Questionnaire' - which looks at two types of ACEs: Adverse Childhood Experiences and Adverse Community Environments.

Many other advances in learning have occurred in the past two decades. Similar numbers of schoolchildren with PTSD have been reported in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Atlanta, and in June of 2018-at five charter schools in New Orleans. This 'Epidemic' began two decades ago, and seems to have yet to get the public concern given to the Coronavirus.

In 2013, The World Health Organization used their ACE screening tool in an assessment of the world's healthiest children. The USA ranked only 25th in the world, yet, last I heard, we (the USA) were the only "Non-Signatory Nation' to the UN Convention on Children's Rights.

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