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Adverse Childhood Experiences and Long Term Health Impacts

August 16, 2019 - 1:44 pm

A study on the impacts of adverse childhood experiences (ACE), including exposure to emotional, physical, sexual abuse, or household dysfunction on adult long term health was published in 1998.  The study found a relationship of ACE exposure to increased heart disease, cancer and chronic lung disease in adulthood.  Since this study, many public health agencies have had an eye on this issue as they strategize for better health outcomes in our communities.

Dr. Benjamin Danielson is a Medical Director at Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic in Seattle.  He describes ACEs and its impacts with KBCS’s Yuko Kodama.

 

Produced by Yuko Kodama and Jesse Callahan

Photo Credit: Seattle Children’s Hospital