By Joseph S. Pete, The Times of Northwest Indiana, November 22, 2019
Childhood trauma causes long-term harm, both emotionally and physically, taking a toll on one's health.
Abuse, witnessing violence or substance abuse in the home, having a parent in jail and other adverse childhood experiences or ACEs have been linked to heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease, diabetes and suicide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that at least five of the top 10 leading causes of death are associated with childhood trauma.
So Franciscan Health is partnering with the online community platform, ACEs Connection, to spark discussion about childhood adversity. It's part of an ongoing initiative to "provide community members with free resources to build a self-healing, trauma-informed community."