Child Well-Being and Adverse Childhood Experiences in the US (AAP September Special Issue)

Recent data show that nearly half of American children – 35 million kids – had at least one Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) — traumas and exposure that can have devastating, long-term effects on children’s health and well-being that extend far into adulthood.

Dr. Claire Brindis, Co-Project Director of the AYAH Center, contributed to the September special issue of Academic Pediatrics which explores research, policies and practices to help stem the tide of ACEs. It also includes a national agenda that identifies specific research areas, priorities, and policy actions to help prevent and heal the wounds that childhood trauma can cause.

The issue and agenda are the result of a four-year effort led by the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI) and AcademyHealth, to engage practitioners, policymakers and advocates across many sectors to address ACEs. Journal publication and key steps to develop the agenda were funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

You can access the full articles, commentaries and appendices online at

To read Dr. Brindis’ full article titled “Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience: Addressing the Unique Needs of Adolescents”, click here: