(Washington, DC – July 11, 2022) – Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can have long-lasting effects over the lifetime of an individual including negative health impacts. Research shows that the higher the number of ACEs an individual experiences the higher their risk for negative health outcomes like asthma, diabetes, cancer, substance use, and suicide in adulthood. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 61 percent of U.S. adults report having at least one ACE, and that the prevention of ACEs could reduce cases of depression in adults by 44 percent and avoid 1.9 million cases of heart disease.
The Improving Data Collection for ACEs Act is a bipartisan effort to enable the collection of more inclusive data about ACEs. It would support additional research on the impact of ACEs with a focus on understanding of the frequency and intensity of ACEs, the relationship between ACEs and negative health outcomes, and the influence of risk and protective factors.
For more information, contact Brandon Reavis, Senior Government Relations Manager at Trust for America’s Health, [email protected].