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What Are ACEs?

The ACE Study

A landmark study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CAC) and Kaiser Permanente from 1995 to 1997 found that the experience of adversity in childhood has a profound effect on health across the lifespan. The original study examined 10 Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, which were categorized into three groups: household dysfunction, neglect, and abuse. Higher ACE scores were linked to poorer health outcomes across the lifespan.


ACEs are common. About two-thirds of the population have at least one ACE and about one quarter have three or more.

What We Do

As part of its mission to increase the knowledge and understanding of childhood adversity and its impacts, the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Educator Program offers ACEs training free of charge to organizations and community groups across Louisiana. The Human Development Center has volunteer Master and Certified ACE Educators trained by the Louiaiana Department of Health, Bureau of Family Health, who are available to help coordinate presentations and have experience specking to audiences from a variety of sectors.

Presentations can be tailored to meet the needs of your organization and, depending on the elements you choose to include, can range in length from one hour to a full day. Each of the components listed below can be offered individually or in combination with the others to customize training length and content.

What We Offer

Understanding ACEs: Building Self-Healing Communities An in-depth, lecture-style presentation introducing the neuroscience of early adversity, the ACE Study, and community response to addressing ACEs. This presentation was developed by Dr. Robert Anda, a co-principal researcher of the ACE Study, and Laura Porter, the Director of ACE Partnerships in Washington State. This component is most commonly requested for presentation. 1-2.5 hours
Brain Architecture Game A cooperative game about experience-based brain development that builds on the neuroscience concepts introduced in Understanding ACEs. This game was produced by the Harvard Center on the Developing Child. 1-1.5 hours
Screening of Paper Tigers or Resilience

Paper Tigers is a feature-length documentary about Lincoln High, an alternative high school in Walla Walla, Washington, and one of the first schools in the country to adopt trauma-informed practices.

Resilience is an expository documentary about several agencies and organizations throughout the country that have adopted trauma-informed approaches. This film provides real-life examples of ACEs science in action across a variety of settings.

2 hours with discussion

Who We Are

  • Maria Blanco




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