ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES: FROM TRAUMA TO HOPE
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that can have lasting effects on physical health. These experiences range from abuse to the incarceration of a parent or guardian. One of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health, the ACE Study has helped move the dialogue from questions of "What's wrong with you?" to questions of "What happened to you?"
Mylinda Ogundipe, MPA, serves as Program Administration Director for Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota. She was recently appointed to the national Equity Leaders Action Network, which addresses issues of inequity based on race, ethnicity, language, and culture in ou early childhood state systems.