Director of Family Wellness & Suicide Prevention
Co-Director of Building Connections
Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc.
Heather Larkin, PhD
School of Social Welfare
University of Albany (SUNY)
Adverse childhood experiences (ACE) are experiences while growing up that deeply impact a young person and profoundly affect emotional and physical health later in life. This webinar discusses what ACE research can yield in terms of breaking intergenerational cycles and how findings can be used as advocacy tools. Dr. Larkin discusses the ACE study, a groundbreaking research program that explored connections between specifically defined ACEs and the later development of health-risk behaviors, and her own current research and findings related to ACE. ACEs are implicated in the ten leading causes of death in the United States so understanding their mechanisms of action is essential in prevention and health promotion.
Following the webinar, participants will be able to:
- Discuss the research on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).
- Explain possible consequences of ACEs and implications for policies, programs, and treatment.
- Describe examples of ACE Response collaboratives.
If you are employed by NYS or a local health department in NYS, we recommend that you register for this course through the NYS Department of Health Learning Management System (DOH LMS).