Will you be ready to treat your patients?

What Can I Do?


  • Take a breath. This is a lot to take in.


  • Practice self-care, here are a few tips. 


  • Talk to someone about your ACEs or
    chronic stress.


  • Talk to your colleagues about ACES.



  • Listen to your patients.


  • Speak for those who can’t.

  • Do your part to learn deeply about the science of ACEs.



70% of your patients will have had at least one ACE in their childhood. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have been identified as a root cause for chronic diseases, chronic illnesses, and mortality in adulthood.

Why Should You

Care About ACEs Now?

  •  ​Interventions for ACEs and toxic stress will be met with many challenges.

  • 64% of your patients might be sick because of ACEs.

  • Primary prevention will require global community training programs for supportive parenting and investment in early childhood care and education.

  • Taking action requires becoming trauma aware and sensitive, knowing how to look for trauma in patients and how to interact with trauma patients.

  • Biomarkers for disease and illness which are consequences of ACEs and toxic stress are detectable in childhood. 

  • Prevention and treatment for ACEs can ameliorate the quality of communities.

  • Waiting to act is dangerous!  ACEs can lead to as much as a 20 year decrease in life expectancy. Also, as time goes on, it is less likely physicians will relate visible symptoms to ACEs.

  • Prevention and treatment of ACEs can have positive physical, social, and economic outcomes.

  • Chronic disease and illness increase healthcare costs. The global economy depends on healthy and skilled workers.

  • The multigenerational transition of ACEs, toxic stress, and their effects can be eliminated from family lines. With proper intervention strategies, children, adults, and communities can thrive! 

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