Iowa ACEs Research
The Central Iowa ACEs 360 Steering Committee has led efforts to research how adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) impact the health and well-being of Iowans throughout a lifetime.
In 2012, questions were added to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to understand and document ACEs in Iowa's population. With grant funding from Mid-Iowa Health Foundation, the Steering Committee commissioned the analysis of Iowa-specific ACEs data and has produced this report on the first-ever findings.
The goal of this project is to increase awareness and understanding among the public, policymakers and professionals on the prevalence of ACEs, related chronic conditions and health risk behaviors in Iowa.
Armed with this knowledge, we can begin to look at policy and practice changes that prevent and mitigate the impact of ACEs on children and build compassion for those who have experienced ACEs.
Over the next few months, the Steering Committee will produce white papers examining this Iowa data more in-depth and resources to increase awareness of the study's findings. Please check back for updates.
To learn more about the methodology and data collection of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, please visit http://www.idph.state.ia.us/brfss/.
2013 Iowa Adverse Childhood Experiences Study Summit
On October 14, 2013, the Central Iowa ACEs Steering Committee hosted a summit releasing this report and sharing examples of how communities could begin to address these findings. For resources from this event, click here.