Adverse Childhood Experiences and SDOH: A Missing Link?

Timeslot: Wednesday, October 11, 2023 - 1:15 PM to 2:15 PM
Session Type: Concurrent Session


The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study is a research project conducted between 1995 and 1997 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kaiser Permanente. The study was aimed at understanding the relationship between childhood trauma and adult health outcomes and has been very influential in shaping our understanding of these effects.

It has led to increased awareness of the importance of preventing and addressing childhood trauma, as well as the need for trauma-informed approaches to healthcare and other services.

Thirty-five years of research into the effects of ACES on children and the resulting genetic links to the whole spectrum of chronic illness offer new insight into managing chronic disease from an individual client’s needs to the population health perspective. This program will review the science illuminating the link between genetic expression and chronic disease, and its effects on gender and ethnicity. It will also address managing chronic illness with those who have faced significant childhood trauma.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the link between Chronic Toxic Stress and gene expression

  • Explain the link between ACEs and Chronic Illness

  • Illustrate strategies individuals, counselors, and case managers can deploy to mitigate the effect of ACEs on those adults with chronic illnesses