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"Adverse childhood experiences are the single greatest unaddressed public health threat facing our nation today." 

-Dr. Robert Block, former President of the American Academy of Pediatrics. 


With nearly 67% of adults having faced at least one Adverse Childhood Experience, it's easy see how trauma has become a public health crisis. As a result, this trauma not only affects individual people on mental, physical, and emotional levels— it affects everyone, and it's taking a huge toll on our society.


Impacts of ACEs on the Workforce:

When compared to employees with an ACE score of 0, recent research has found that employees who have an ACE score of 4 or higher are:

  • 2.3 times more likely to report serious financial problems
  • 2.5 times more likely to be absentee
  • 3.6 times more likely to have serious job problems
  • 6 times more likely to face clinical depressions

(In the Workplace Toxic Stress & Aces at a Glance, 2017).


Role of ACEs in Homelessness:
  • Fifty percent reported more than four types of ACE, 19% reported three or four types, 19% reported one or two, and 12% reported none (Hanie Edalati, 2017)
  • Rates of criminal justice involvement and victimization were significantly higher among those with a history of ACEs. For victimization, the association was significant for all ten types of ACE (Hanie Edalati, 2017)

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