A growing global movement for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Over 14,000 people worldwide are part of a growing social movement to address Adverse Childhood Experiences. The movement responds to a public health study of over 17,000 people, conducted by Kaiser Permanente and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It found a direct link between ten adverse childhood events and the adult onset of chronic disease (diabetes, heart disease, etc.) and negative health behaviours (smoking, alcoholism, etc.). ACEs are common – 64% of U.S. adults have at least one. Failing to address ACEs is expensive – in 2014, the estimated impact of social costs and lost earnings associated with child maltreatment was $5.8 trillion in the U.S. alone. Dr. Robert Anda calls ACEs “chronic” and “insidious,” rolling out from generation to generation via epigenetic inheritance.