Prevent Child Abuse WV Launches West Virginia ACES Coalition
We are pleased to share that Prevent Child Abuse WV has joined with over 70 different organizations and individuals to form the West Virginia ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Coalition. The Coalition has held 3 meetings and is already working to achieve our mission to improve the health and well-being of all West Virginians by reducing the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) including preventing their occurrence.
As you can see in the above graphic facilitation notes from our last Coalition meeting, we are working to increase our understanding of the impact of ACES on children and their lives as well as health impacts throughout life. We are working to prevent ACEs, improve treatment and services for those who have experienced ACES, analyze data and research about the prevalence and impact of ACEs in West Virginia, and mobilizing resources to transform our collective efforts so that all West Virginians will thrive in a compassionate community that supports lifelong healthy development.
The following is a short video that explains the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) Study, the groundbreaking epidemiological research that revealed the link between childhood trauma and the adult onset of chronic disease, mental illness, violence and being a victim of violence.
KPJR Films, which came out with Paper Tigers last year and Resilience this year, put together this wonderful five-minute overview of the ACE Study. It was edited by Jen Bradwell.
We hope you will join us as a member of the ACES Coalition. Our next meeting is Monday, Oct. 10th in Charleston in conjunction with the national Handle With Care Conference. Please email our ACES Coalition Coordinator, Cathy Byers to be added to our email list for the ACES Coalition.