Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are potentially stressful or traumatic incidents that harm social, cognitive, and emotional functioning and undermine the safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments children need to thrive. ASTHO works with state, territorial, and freely associated state health agency leadership, their staff, and cross-sector partners to strengthen jurisdiction-level infrastructure to elevate ACEs prevention. ASTHO also aims to increase knowledge and inspire ACEs programmatic, legislative, and leadership staff to establish policies upstream. See ASTHO's ACEs prevention webpages on policy, partnerships, and data to learn more.
Adverse Childhood Experiences Prevention Policy Toolkit
This toolkit identifies strategies for preventing ACEs, the role of public health in ACEs across levels of government, and policy development strategies to inform ACEs prevention.View the Toolkit
Wisconsin at Intersection of Public Health and Youth Justice
This blog provides evidence of the critical role health agencies support for the preventative cycle of incarcerated youth and families.View the Blog Post
Adverse Childhood Experiences Stakeholder Mapping Roadmap
Mapping helps bring together stakeholders with the most influence to support a significant change to your ACEs work and engagement planning.View the Roadmap
State/Territorial Policy Considerations for Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences
This policy playbook identifies a range of evidence-supported policies considered by state legislatures from 2019 – 2021 that could prevent ACEs.View the Report
Braiding and Layering Funding for Adverse Childhood Experiences Prevention
This report discusses the process of braiding and layering funds and identifying opportunities to maximize ACEs prevention resources and impact.View the Report
Latest ACEs Resources
Early Success Stories
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Collaborative Policymaking to Prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences in MinnesotaLearn More
Through the ACEs Learning Community, ASTHO collaborates with state health agencies and other public health organizations to examine national trends in ACEs prevention priorities, strengths, and areas of improvement. ASTHO also closely coordinates with Safe States Alliance to support the ACEs Learning Community activities and products.
As a result of participating in the learning community, states have increased their capacity in the following ways:
- Mapping and surveying ACEs partners and sharing data with external ACEs partners.
- Fostering cross-sector dialogue and strengthening connections within the state.
- Deepening understanding of the existing knowledge, work, and capacity around ACEs within a state.
- Bolstering state health agencies as ACEs experts.
- Understanding the scope of relevant ACEs policies.
- Identifying strategies for coalition building and policy change.
- Finding braiding and layering opportunities within their agency.