This interactive presentation will provide information about what are adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and some prevention techniques in order to raise awareness. ACEs is the term given to describe types of abuse, neglect, and household challenges that may have been experienced by individuals under the age of 18. These experiences have been linked to reduced health and well-being later in life. CDC estimates that the lifetime costs associated with child maltreatment at $124 billion. The presenter will describe how these adverse childhood experiences can be prevented. Native Americans have protective factors built into their communities and families that can help mitigate the effects of these ACEs. Two brief videos will be shown, one that describes what ACEs are and the other will highlight some alarming statistics about the occurrence of ACEs in Oklahoma. The presenter will facilitate a discussion with the participants to gain insight into how to raise awareness of this preventable situation and spread the word throughout AN/AN communities throughout the United States.
Learning Objectives:
  • The participants will be able to identify some Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
  • The participants will be able to list some mitigating factors to prevent ACEs.
  • The participants will be able to identify mechanisms to raise awareness about ACEs.