ACEs stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences study (ACEs)
The Original Study
Around 17,000 members of the Kaiser Health Plan in San Diego filled out a surveys
between 1995 and 1997 measuring the number of adverse childhood experiences.
This survey focused on 10 types of trauma. An ACE score was calculated by the
number of categories a person was exposed to, not the frequency or severity of an
experience within one category. Then researchers connected the respondents’ adverse
experiences to later health issues.
The study proved ACE is common. It also linked childhood trauma to:
● Alcoholism
● Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
● Depression
● Illicit drug use
● Ischemic heart disease
● Liver disease
● Smoking
● Adolescent pregnancy
● Sexually transmitted diseases
● Intimate partner violence
● Health-related quality of life

ACEs in Iowa
The 2016 Iowa ACEs report showed adults in Iowa who report experiencing 4 or more

ACEs compared to those with zero are:

  • 88 times as likely to have diabetes
  • 11 times as likely to have a stroke
  • 29 times as likely to have COPD

Iowa adults with four or more ACEs were 6 times more likely to have been diagnosed with depression compared to those with zero ACEs. Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States today.


Central Iowa ACEs 360


The mission of Central Iowa ACEs 360 is to improve the health and well-being of all by empowering communities, organizations and people to take informed actions to prevent and mitigate the lifelong effects of childhood adversity.


Their vision is to help all people thrive in a compassionate community that supports lifelong healthy development.


ACE’s 360 partners with multiple organizations. Individuals and organizations that want to help ACEs 360 and their mission can engage in these ways:

  • Community Learning Circle
  • ​ACEs Action Groups
  • Central Iowa ACEs Steering Committee ​​


The 2019- 2022 Strategic Plan


This plan was designed for the next 3-5 years and focuses on three strategies:


●      Advocating for Systems Change

●      Advancing Knowledge & Growing the Movement

●      Catalyzing Innovative Practices in Prevention & Healing


To learn more about Central Iowa ACEs 360 their 2019-2022 strategic plans and partnerships click here.