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Conference addresses ACE study [UPDATED]

Published 9:06am Wednesday, September 25, 2013 Updated 11:07am Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Clay County Collaborative will host a daylong conference on Friday, Oct. 4, featuring Dr. Rob Anda, MD MS, principal researcher on the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study. The ACE study is a ground-breaking national study on the lifelong effects of childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being.

Dr. Rob Anda, MD, MS is a senior researcher for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Anda will speak on the research behind the ACE Study, how to prevent those experiences from happening, and what can be done to help those who have experienced adverse situations.

The ACE Study was conducted with more than 17,000 Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) members undergoing a comprehensive physical examination and who chose to provide detailed information about their childhood experience of abuse, neglect, and family dysfunction.

The ACE Study findings suggest that certain experiences are major risk factors for the leading causes of illness and death as well as poor quality of life in the United States.

Progress in preventing and recovering from the nation’s worst health and social problems is likely to benefit from understanding that many of these problems arise as a consequence of adverse childhood experiences.

Registration for the conference is online at This conference is co-sponsored by PartnerSHIP 4 Health, the Dakota Medical Foundation, the United Way of Cass/Clay and Prairie St. John’s.


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