Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that occur when we are young. ACEs and the associated toxic stress they create are the root causes of some of the most common, serious, and costly health and social challenges facing our state. In fact, ACEs are strongly linked to 9 of the 10 leading causes of death in the United States. [ 1 ] [ 2 ]
ACEs affect all communities and cross racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, gender, and geographic lines. Two-thirds of us have at least one ACE.
The term “ACEs” refers to 10 categories of adversities in three domains experienced by 18 years of age that were identified in the landmark 1998 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kaiser Permanente. [ 3 ] [ 4 ]