ACES: How to reshuffle when the cards are stacked against children

Fact card samples on ACES information
Samples of facts on ACES that highlight economic impact, but also the path to resiliency. (sampled from card packs created by developed by the Alaska Mental Health Board and Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. )

Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACES, are the subject of intense and new research. New science illuminates the impact of stress on a child’s brain and new economic research shows the long-term impacts—economically and socially—when these events occur early in the life of a child.

FACT: Early childhood trauma can affect a child’s ability to learn, interfering with their ability to secure an education and acquire and succeed at a job. ACES influences the likelihood of adult illnesses like diabetes, cancer, depression and alcoholism.

FACT: Learned coping skills can alter these outcomes.

On the next Hometown Alaska, we’ll bring the experts to you, along with their latest findings. This program is the result of a request from Hometown Alaska listeners when we asked you to recommend topics. We are happy to fulfill this obligation with today’s guests. We also welcome your questions and experiences on this topic. Join us!



HOST: Kathleen McCoy


  • Joshua Arvidson, director, Alaska Child Trauma Center
  • Pat Sidmore, health planner, AK Dept of Health & Social Services
  • Kyle Wark, indigenous research and policy analyst, First Alaskans Institute



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LIVE BROADCAST: Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (Alaska time)

REPEAT BROADCAST: Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. (Alaska time)

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