What are ACEs?
Adverse Childhood Experiences
refer to traumatic events during a child's formative years, such as physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, neglect, and household dysfunctions like substance abuse or domestic violence. These experiences can have profound long-term effects on an individual's health, well-being, and overall life outcomes.
Why ACEs Matter
The lasting impact of these experiences is profound. They not only shape the childhood of an individual but can also affect their adult lives in numerous ways. Mental health issues, difficulty in relationships, or even chronic illnesses can stem from unresolved childhood traumas.
Learn More About ACE's from the CDC
The Tangible Effects on Our Community
The relationship between ACEs and health problems is evident. Residents with a high ACE score may face conditions like obesity, heart disease, and diabetes at higher rates.
Psychological repercussions from ACEs can manifest as depression, anxiety, or even substance abuse.
There's an undeniable economic burden tied to the aftermath of ACEs. Increased healthcare costs, loss of productivity, and even potential legal proceedings can strain North Carolina's resources.