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National ACEs Summit Presentations

A revolution is under way, a ground-shift in the way we think about health and illness, human suffering and strength. It is a revolution with the potential to reshape physical and mental health care practices, schools, social services, juvenile justice systems, communities, families and individual lives. That was the passionate consensus of the First National Summit on Adverse Childhood...

Upterrlainarluta: Always Getting Ready

By: Linda Chamberlain, PhD, MPH

Upterrlainarluta describes the story of people subsisting on the frozen tundra of western Alaska.  The translation of this impressively long, Yup’ik Eskimo word is always getting ready. To live in this land of extremes and acclimate to all the changes that have come to the Arctic, there is a tradition of always getting ready for...

An Early Pathway to Preventing Suicide: The Role of Adverse Childhood Experiences

By: Linda Chamberlain PhD MPH

 

While at a recent brain-storming session about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), a colleague echoed my mantra—“What is predictable is preventable.”   This reality came to me many years ago while training as an injury epidemiologist at a time when injuries were considered accidents that were inevitable or in other words, not...

Understanding the Weight of Trauma

Obesity prevention is now topping the charts as a public health priority.  There is an escalating obesity epidemic in the United States with the rate of childhood obesity having tripled in the past thirty years.     A highly informative, four-part HBO film series, called “Weight of the Nation,” documents a national public health crisis that is affecting the long-term health of adults and...

NEW ACEs DVD: THE ULTIMATE TRAINING TOOL

Every so often, you might have the chance to attend a training that gets you so excited that you’re swimming in ideas and can barely sleep that night as your brain ruminates about the potential!  I just had this experience a few weeks ago, following a four-hour presentation at the International Conference on Violence Abuse and Trauma in San Diego, California.   Drs. David Corwin and Vincent...

Exploring the Connection between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Alcohol Abuse

While I was aware of the connection between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and substance abuse since the landmark ACE Study was published in 1998, it was only recently that I delved more deeply into the ACEs literature on alcohol abuse.   The connection between ACEs and alcohol problems illustrates many key characteristics...

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