New Report: What impacts do Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have on Colorado’s future?

Written by: Beza Taddess
Date Posted: December 1, 2017

a quote from Sheriff Jeff Shrader on the effect of ACEs

The Council for A Strong America, a bipartisan nonprofit organization with leaders in Colorado, released a report earlier this week to assess the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on productivity, crime and military eligibility in our state. New research during the past few years has shown that adverse childhood experiences (such as child abuse and neglect) disrupt children’s development, both physically and mentally and put children at a higher risk of chronic disease, depression and other ailments later in life.

Adverse childhood experiences affect a significant portion of Coloradans; 62 percent of Colorado adults report at least one adverse experience in childhood. The report sheds light on how Coloradans can build safer communities with early interventions to address root causes of crime and health issues such as ACEs. Read the full report here.

 

Beza Taddess

About Beza Taddess

Beza Taddess is the Communications and Policy Fellow for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. Beza supports the organization’s communications and outreach efforts and is here at the Children’s Campaign as part of the Public Interest Fellowship Program. She graduated from Colorado College in May of 2015 with a degree in sociology.