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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released in early November the ACEs Vital Signs report. This report provides the first U.S. estimates of how preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (including child maltreatment) and associated trauma has the potential to reduce chronic diseases, risky health behavior, and socioeconomic challenges. This study examines ACEs in 25 states between 2015-2017.

CDC has created a page full of information about the ACE Study and strategies to prevent and mitigate the impact of ACEs—it includes videos, info graphics, and ideas for health care providers, employers, states and communities, and all individuals. 

In that section of the CDC website, the following resources can be accessed:

—Report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR):

 ACEs Vital Signs Fact Sheet (2 pager):

The Way Forward:  Preventing Adverse Childhood Experience—Leveraging the Best Available Evidence (35-page report)

Additional resources are available from Prevent Child Abuse America Vital Signs/ACEs Report Resources & Talking Points

Video by Dr. Melissa Merrick on CDC’s Vital Signs ACEs Report for key takeaways



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