Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress are a pressing public health crisis that deserves our attention as physicians and medical practitioners.
A large and growing body of science shows that those who have experienced ACEs have a significantly higher risk of developing serious health challenges. It also shows that cumulative adversity — especially when experienced in childhood during critical periods of development — is a root cause to some of the most harmful, chronic, and costly challenges facing our nation.
There are many healthcare providers and health systems working to prevent, mitigate, and treat the effects of toxic stress associated with ACEs and other childhood adversity.
You can learn more about best practices, early detection, screening, clinical interventions and referrals, and providing support and resources by visiting the following sites and reviewing the work of these leaders in the field.