10 Things to Know About Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Colleen Bridger, MPH, PhD, was named assistant city manager in July 2019 for San Antonio. She oversees the Health, Parks and Recreation and Human Services departments, and the Office of Equity. Dr. Bridger previously served as director of the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District where she was responsible for implementing policies aimed at improving the health of the population in San Antonio and Bexar County.

In this 5-part video series, Dr. Bridger discusses how childhood trauma is a critical public health issue. Referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), ACEs are stressful and traumatic events, such as abuse or neglect, that have been linked to poor life-long health outcomes.

The learning objectives for this 5-part video include:

  • Discuss the prevalence and causes of ACEs and their impact on the developing brain and bodies of children.
  • Discuss Trauma Informed Care as a system-based strategy to mitigate the effects of ACEs and help children heal from the trauma-induced toxic stress.
  • Learn about strategies in San Antonio aimed at creating a trauma informed city.

Dr. Bridger was recorded during her keynote presentation at Claritycon2019, hosted by Clarity Child Guidance Center, on Friday, July 26, in San Antonio, Texas.

*Note: You must be able to access YouTube to view these videos. Some organizations limit access to this video-sharing website.

  • Claritycon is Clarity Child Guidance Center’s annual summit on children’s mental health. Created in 2013, this conference equips educators, therapists, physicians, social workers, childcare workers, and community members with important children’s mental health information.

The opinions, representations and statements made within this guest article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of One in Five Minds or Clarity Child Guidance Center. Any copyright remains with the author and any liability with regard to infringement of intellectual property rights remain with them. One in Five Minds and Clarity Child Guidance Center accepts no liability for any errors, omissions or representations.

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