ACEs data highlights the significant impact trauma can have on individuals. But we also know, more than ever before, that these outcomes can be prevented.
Washington State demonstrated that a comprehensive approach to educating communities and empowering local leaders to take action reduces the rates of childhood trauma and health problems in the next generation.
As community members, professionals, parents, advocates, educators, faith leaders, judges, business leaders, mentors, policymakers, philanthropists, and grandparents, we have a responsibility to create the conditions for people to heal and thrive. It starts by prioritizing our own well-being as we build meaningful relationships with those we interact with and advocate for changes that can improve collective well-being.
Researchers are identifying opportunities to prevent and mitigate the harms of ACEs at all levels of our society. These strategies focus on helping parents bear the load of stress, as well as promoting safe, nurturing, and equitable environments for kids to learn and play and for families to thrive together. Shifting our systems to promote these opportunities at all levels of our society can amplify the impact of reducing ACEs in Iowa.
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