Here we capture Iowans' experiences with ACEs and how we can respond in our systems and communities to promote healing and well-being. Thank you to the following individuals for sharing their reflections and expertise with us.
Creating systems that humanize
Brianna (Bri) Deason's advocacy work “is about creating systems that actually humanize the humans they’re supposed to be working for." It’s work she’s deeply connected to because of what she experienced throughout her childhood.
Supporting families sooner
As the chaos and trauma of her childhood layered on, Melissa often believed in the labels she was given by those in systems meant to help her. Over time, a combination of self-reflection, fierce determination, and supportive programs and relationships helped her see different possibilities.
Yolanda shares her story on how nudges changed her life after experiencing childhood trauma.
The Iowa ACEs Coalition worked with Iowa Public Television to produce this documentary. Thanks to the Iowa Department of Public Health for generously supporting this project.