Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are a strong predictor of future health, life potential, and behavioral choices. Research has shown an association between ACEs and substance use disorders. In this presentation, Kristin Mattson delivers a summary of outcomes resulting from a series of expert conversations about Adverse Childhood Experiences in Appalachia. These conversations engaged stakeholders to 1., identify how children in Appalachia experience ACEs (trauma) differently than in other areas of the country, and 2., explore opportunities to address these ACEs and impact the opioid epidemic.
Presented by Kristin Mattson, M.P.H., at the Society for Public Health Education Conference in March 2019