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As we begin a New Year, we are happy to share with you our latest news and updates from our newsletter!

Executive Director Search

The ACE Awareness Foundation is looking for a passionate and visionary Executive Director with a successful track record of leading and building a mission driven organization with innovative programs and services. Reporting to the Chair of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have overall strategic, operational and day to day responsibility for the ACE Awareness Foundation staff, budget, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission.

For more information on the position qualifications and application information, click here.

Education Influences Child Health

A new report from the Tennessee-based Sycamore Institute explores how education correlates with better health outcomes for individuals and communities. The report found that “Tennesseans with a college degree have lower diabetes rates, fewer self-reported poor mental health days, and better self-rated health statuses than other residents.”

While this report focuses on the connection between health and education, it also addresses how an individual’s social, economic, and physical environments can affect his or her overall health and wellbeing. We know that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can have a life-long impact. Regarding education, exposure to ACE-related toxic stress disrupts brain development, which can lead to “being less engaged in school, repeating a grade, poorer cognitive development, poorer mental and physical health, and even premature death.” Yet, the report argues that opportunities to mitigate ACEs “often occur in educational settings” and offers policy recommendations to increase awareness of ACEs.

Childhood Maltreatment and Adult Attachment

Psychology Today highlights a new study of 650 adults that seeks to understand whether the type of childhood maltreatment, such as abuse or neglect, reflects the future adult attachment style and physical and mental health. Among the findings, the researchers found that “anxious attachment styles was a significant contributor to depression, anxiety and low self-esteem, in those with a history of childhood neglect or physical abuse. Avoidant attachment style, however, was not found to be a significant predictor of those outcomes, in this study.” These findings suggest that therapists should emphasize anxious attachment both in early childhood intervention and in adult therapeutic settings. Click here to read more about the study methodology and findings in Parenting Today.

American Heart Association: Abused Children at Risk for Heart Disease

The American Heart Association (AHA) published a new scientific statement affirming a strong association between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and heart disease and associated risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Understanding the need for preventative measures to mitigate traumatic experiences, the AHA joins the chorus of calls for more research to be done into contributing social factors. Currently, the AHA is focusing its advocacy on individuals with “low socio-economic status, low educational attainment, lack of social support and certain residential environments that have been linked with heart disease and its risk factors.” Read a summary of the statement in The Atlanta Journal Constitution and click here to download the full scientific statement.


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