As part of a new Kansas City-wide effort to assess the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and develop ways to improve the lives of those affected, a web-based ACE Survey is now available for the public to take online. ACEs include physical, emotional or sexual abuse; neglect; and other negative experiences a child encounters. Understanding a person’s ACE score can help to predict health outcomes in adulthood like becoming more likely to smoke, be obese, suffer from depression or attempt suicide. The ACE Study developed by Kaiser Permanente and the CDC showed that out of 17,000 people, 40% said they were exposed to 2 or more adverse childhood experiences.
The Kansas City wide effort, called Resilient KC, is the result of a partnership between Healthy KC and Trauma Matters KC. Resilient KC aims to build a trauma-aware and resilient community. There are representatives from 16 different universities, public offices, foundations and mental health providers including KVC Health Systems and KVC Hospitals. Find out more about Resilient KC in our previous blog post. The initiative aims to inspire those in the Kansas City area to take the survey, understand the meaning of their ACE score, and participate in an open dialogue about mental health.
James Roberson, L.M.S.W., Vice President of Program Services at KVC Hospitals, recently wrote about Resilient KC’s new online ACE survey in the September 2016 issue of Grow KC newsletter from the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. He is also serving as the Chair of the Community Workgroup of Resilient KC.
Roberson included a sample of the questions in the survey:
Question: Did a parent or other adult in the household often or very often…Swear at you, insult you, put you down, or humiliate you? Or act in a way that made you afraid that you might be physically hurt?
Answer: Yes / No
The results of the Kansas City ACE survey can help to make a healthier community.