NOSORH Issue Brief: Adverse and Positive Childhood Experiences: A Primer for SORH

New issue brief examines positive and negative childhood experiences that impact healthy outcomes in adulthood, identifies existing resources, and highlights steps a State Office of Rural Health (SORH) can take to incorporate information into existing programs.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that occur in a child’s life. Likewise, Positive Childhood Experiences (PCEs) are those that support a child’s development into healthy adulthood. ACEs and PCEs have been linked to healthy outcomes in adulthood for all children. This issue brief defines those experiences and links to helpful resources for greater background. Additionally, it offers three steps that SORH can take to address ACEs and promote PCEs in their state. This simple roadmap includes links to relevant data and resources to prepare your office, and ideas on where to plug in.

In partnership with the South Carolina Rural and Minority Health Research Center, this issue brief was developed as a follow-up from NOSORH’s 2020 regional meetings. Adverse Childhood Experiences among Rural Populations was presented by Dr. Elizabeth Crouch and Dr. Melinda Merrell at two of the five regional meetings