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Health Policy Institute of Ohio Publishes Strategies to Prevent ACEs in Ohio


The Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) has released a new publication, titled “Strategies to Prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in Ohio: Building Skills and Strengthening Connections to Caring Adults,” that details the state’s progress in implementing policies that prevent adverse childhood experiences. ACEs are potentially traumatic events that occur during childhood and can generally be grouped into three categories: abuse, household challenges and neglect.

Roughly 20% of Ohio children are exposed to one or more ACEs, which have both immediate and long-term effects on health. Ensuring a strong start for children and strengthening economic supports for families both contribute to making sure that every child in Ohio has the opportunity to reach their full health potential.

The brief details policies that enhance skills so that parents and youth can handle stress, manage emotions, and tackle everyday challenges and connect youth to caring adults and activities. The brief also highlights examples of strategy implementation in Ohio, informed by key informant interviews, and identifies strengths, gaps and recommendations for each strategy.

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