Amber Guthrie, Program Director at MNADV, was chosen as a member of an elite group trained on the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, or ACEs.
The Family Tree and the Maryland Essentials for Childhood launched the ACE Interface Master Training November 2017. They trained professionals across sectors — from child care and the judicial system to churches and law enforcement — on the the effects on the body and brain of physical abuse, neglect, domestic violence and parents who are incarcerated or have substance abuse issues.
The spotlight on Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, or ACEs, is based on a landmark study that designates the link as a public health crisis. The study, completed about 20 years ago, shows the connection between trauma and higher rates of heat disease, drug use, depression and overall life expectancy, among other health outcomes.