Adverse Community Experiences

What happens to a child outside the home can be just as traumatizing as what happens to them in their home, and so in any conversation about ACEs (and resilience) it is critical to talk about community environments.

After the publication of the Kaiser-CDC ACE Study, researchers began to consider the impact of other kinds of adversity on the developing brain and body. In addition to individual ACEs, there are also community and environmental ACEs such as racism, bullying and community violence that can have just as profound an impact as individual ACEs.

Consider this graphic by The Building Community Resilience Model.

Researchers are continually studying the impact of other types of adversity on brain development and long term health, social and economic outcomes. Particularly in communities, and within special communities, it is important to understand that adversities impact people differently, and may include many others that were not originally studied in the Kaiser-Permanente- CDC study. Not all studies result in good science, however, so keep that in mind as you do your own research. Resilient Napa supports utilizing evidence-based practices and interventions, and recognizes the importance of emerging efforts.

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