Using the ACE Study in Pediatric Settings: Who, What, Where, When and How

Emerging Leader Fellow: Emily Wilson, 2012-2013

According to the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, adult survivors of childhood trauma remain at a significantly higher risk of suffering from a broad range of poorer health outcomes than their counterparts who have not been exposed to experiences such as domestic abuse, parental substance abuse, and divorce. ACE Study researchers also discovered a graded relationship between the number of ACE categories to which an individual had been exposed and the increased risk of negative health outcomes that followed, including abuse of alcohol and other drugs, depression, sexually transmitted infection, and obesity.

Emily will work with a regional leader on ACE related research, policy and practice, the Institute for Safe Families  to create a conceptual framework to inform public health policy and practice for the prevention of and intervention with adverse childhood experiences among children and their families. Emily will investigate, synthesize, and draft a report on the status of current ACE-related practice in pediatric settings. This report will set the stage for the newly-formed Philadelphia ACE Task Force to collaborate on a pilot design, oversee its implementation, and advocate for policy and practice advancements in pediatric health care settings. During the course of her fellowship, ISF will hold a national conference on how to use the ACE information in pediatric settings.