WHAT IS AROUND THE CORNER FOR HEALTHY CHARLOTTE?
Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. As such, early experiences are an important public health issue. Much of the foundational research in this area has been referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
Adverse Childhood Experiences have been linked to
- risky health behaviors,
- chronic health conditions,
- low life potential, and
- early death.
As the number of ACEs increases, so does the risk for these outcomes.
The wide-ranging health and social consequences of ACEs underscore the importance of preventing them before they happen. Healthy Charlotte determined that beginning in 2019, reducing these adverse childhood experiences in Charlotte County would be the primary driver of community health improvement work. Stay tuned for more details to come soon!