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Health departments discuss adverse childhood experiences’ impact

Published: Aug. 14, 2020 at 10:35 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 14, 2020 at 8:09 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Area health department officials are discussing a regional report on the impact of childhood experiences on mental and physical health.

The discussion stems from the release of a report on the lifelong impacts of adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, “which are common, and can be prevented.”

The report outlines major risk factors that impact mental and physical health and contribute to the development of trauma, which the group says can inform decisions made by community leaders.

The collective partnership behind this report is comprised of the Douglas, Sarpy/Cass, and Pottawattamie health departments and The Wellbeing Partners. The group chose mental health as its focus for this report, which represents a first in the region, according to a statement from the group.

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