Adverse Childhood Experiences: Primary Prevention
February 25, 2019
Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can lead to chronic physical and behavioral health issues and, ultimately, early death. This brief highlights examples of primary prevention strategies, including building skills and promoting social norms for positive parenting, strengthening economic supports for families, and providing quality education and enrichment early in life. Although trauma-informed care (TIC) has been receiving increased attention from state policymakers, TIC is not the same as primary prevention of ACEs. A comprehensive approach that utilizes primary prevention strategies and TIC is necessary to fully address ACEs.