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Michigan Lawmakers Declare Childhood Trauma a Critical Health Issue []


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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The World Health Organization's ACE screening tool has two 'types' of ACEs (Adverse Community Environments and Adverse Childhood Experiences- which may address the diagnostic construct an Epidemiologist who presented in 2000, at [then Dartmouth, now] Geisel Medical School 'Grand Rounds': "52% of Detroit Metropolitan Area Schoolchildren met the DSM-IV criteria for PTSD". Michigan Legislators seem to have recognized aspects of that epidemic - if 70% of Michigan's Adults have "at least one ACE"-as noted in this article.

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