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Adverse Childhood Experiences

Recent research in the field of child abuse and neglect prevention focuses on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). ACEs include abuse and neglect as well as other household dysfunctions or circumstances that affect children adversely including substance abuse, parental separation or divorce, mental illness, domestic violence and criminal behavior. The childhood trauma stemming from early adversity has a profound impact on social connections, school readiness and the increased likelihood of developing negative health behaviors that can lead to disease and early death.

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Kansas Power of the Positive
  • Only self supporting state to make the same level of commitment as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Essentials for Childhood Funded States. This has been done with private funding from the Health Care Foundation of Greater KC, REACH Healthcare Foundation, Christie Development Associates and an anonymous private foundation.
    Essentials for Childhood
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  • The Leadership Team consists of Kansas Children’s Service League (KCSL), Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and Wichita State University Community Engagement Institute (WSU CEI).
  • The Steering Committee, which has members from 40 agencies, created a Common Agenda.
  • Created two work groups: Kids Are Good Business Policy and Awareness. The Kids Are Good Business Policy group engages employers to look at their policies and consider making changes that would promote safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for families. The Awareness group is developing a toolkit for steering committee agencies to use in creating awareness about Essentials for Childhood and ACEs.
  • KDHE produced Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Module Report for Kansas, Sedgwick, and Wyandotte Counties with funding raised by KCSL from the Health Care Foundation of Greater KC and Junior League Wichita. View the completed report by WSU CEI here.
  • Created project webpage on KDHE website at kansaspowerofthepositive.org.
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