We are Joining Forces for Children.
We are a collective of educators, health care professionals, community members and more who seek to raise awareness and identify opportunities to improve child outcomes throughout the Cincinnati and tri-state area. We work to prevent and reverse the effects of child traumas such as adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and rewrite the future for both children and our communities.
Our hope is that this site becomes a resource for educators, healthcare professionals, community organizations and anyone who would like to help make a difference.
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Adverse Childhood Experiences are stressful events that can have negative, lasting effects on the health and well-being of children now and in the future.1 ACEs include: emotional, physical or sexual abuse, emotional or physical neglect, household substance abuse, household mental illness, domestic violence, parental separation or divorce, an incarcerated household member or many other types of stress.
Prolonged exposure to one or multiple ACEs as a child or adolescent can lead to many common life-threatening health conditions as an adult, as well as many learning and developmental delays and behavioral problems in children.2 ACEs and other childhood traumas are never easy subjects to approach, but with a deeper understanding of the causes and consequences of ACEs on young minds, we can develop preventative steps and help aid in the healing process. Strong, resilient families, neighborhoods, schools, and children can help reduce the impact of ACEs.
1 Felitti, V.J., Anda, R.F., Nordenberg, D., Williamson, D.F., Spitz, A.M., Edwards, V., & Koss, M. P. (1998) Relationship of childhood abuse and household dysfunction to many of the leading causes of death in adults: The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study. American journal of Preventive Medicine 14(4), 245-258
2 American Academy of Pediatrics, 2014.
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3 Child & Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (2014). “Adverse Childhood Experiences among Cincinnati and Ohio’s Children.” Data Resource Center, supported by Cooperative Agreement 1-U59-MC0680-01 from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Health Resources & Services Administration, Maternal & Child Health Bureau. Retrieved from http://www.childhealthdata.com. Revised on 4/13/17.
Constant support is a step towards resilience.
Exposure to traumatic and toxic stress and violence negatively impacts children, now and in the future.4 The evidence is overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be the end of the story. The young mind is malleable, and built for resiliency. They just need some help.
4 Felitti, V.J., Anda, R.F., Nordenberg, D., Williamson, D.F., Spitz, A.M., Edwards, V., & Koss, M. P. (1998) Relationship of childhood abuse and household dysfunction to many of the leading causes of death in adults: The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study. American journal of Preventive Medicine 14(4), 245-258
You can make a difference, wherever you are.
Helping prevent ACEs from occurring or working to reverse their effects is a public health and wellness issue that affects us all, whether we suffer directly or not. And no matter who you are, what organization, school or industry you represent, you can make a difference.
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