Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study has revealed compelling evidence of significant correlations between experiencing toxic stress as a child and adult health and well-being. The original ACE study was a collaboration between Kaiser Permanente’s Health Appraisal Clinic in San Diego, California and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Over 17,000 Kaiser patients completed a confidential survey about childhood maltreatment and family dysfunction (domestic violence, household substance abuse, mental illness, parental separation, and incarcerated family members). Respondents also reported their current behaviors as well as physical and mental health status. The study found that as the number of reported ACEs increased, so too did the likelihood of depression, cancer, diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases, alcoholism, drug use, smoking, ischemic heart disease, chronic bronchitis or emphysema, skeletal fractures, risk of suicide, and homelessness.

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ACE Study in Michigan

In 2013, CTF led an effort to complete an ACE study for Michigan’s citizenry. Funding was provided by Great Lakes Capital Fund, the Casey Family Programs, and the Department of Community Health. Raw data was received in late 2014, and materials highlighting the Michigan data are currently being produced. CTF will continue to work with state and local partners to develop strategies for using the Michigan ACE data for education and prevention efforts. Please check back for Michigan ACE resources in 2015!

For more information on ACE data, visit the following websites: