How ACEs Impact You, Your Patients, and the Health System July 2, 2024

Written by MSDC Staff


Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have a significant impact on health, especially in the District of Columbia, where 12.8% of children 17 or younger are impacted, according to the National Survey of Children’s Health. These traumatic experiences have devastating effects that impact health and wellbeing not just in childhood but well into adulthood. In fact, the CDC states that at least 5 of the top 10 leading causes of death are associated with ACEs.

Given the long-lasting developmental repercussions of ACEs, MSDC’s Task Force on Family Violence has encouraged physicians of all specialties to better understand ACEs and the impact across the health care spectrum. To assist, members of the Task Force developed a series on ACEs in the District of Columbia in two parts:

Further resources can be found below.

If this issue is of interest to you, get involved in MSDC’s Task Force on Family Violence here. The Task Force is open to MSDC members and contributes to policy initiatives covering victim's services, critical health care problems, and educational outreach across the city.