Adverse Childhood Experiences
The majority of Iowans have experienced childhood adversity or Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Specific family problems as well as child abuse and neglect increase risks for serious mental and physical health issues later in life.
However, having adverse childhood experiences is not a diagnosis and does not predict negative outcomes. Most people can deal with these complex traumatic experiences with resilience and move on to lead rich, fulfilling lives. There are effective ways we can work together to help build resiliency as individuals, families, systems, and as a community to help more people reach a higher level of resiliency and well-being.