Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Impact Community Forum
Local residents were invited to attend a community education presentation explaining the health status gap that affects the health status of many African-Americans. Shortened life expectancy, excess hospitalizations and avoidable emergency room visits all have a connected source – adverse childhood experiences. The forum was held on September 12, 2015 at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center for Innovation.
The community gathering themed “Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and their Impact on Adult Health” was presented by San Diego Black Health Associates (SDBHA) and Harmonious Solutions and is designed to highlight findings and relationships that indicate connections existing between adverse circumstances in childhood and health conditions damaging the lives of adults. First 5 San Diego was a sponsor along with the California Wellness Foundation, UCSD Medical Center, the California Endowment, Alliance for African Assistance, the San Diego Voice and Viewpoint, and Kaiser Permanente Health Plan San Diego.
Keynote speakers included Dr. Vincent J. Felitti, co-Principal Investigator of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study and Internist and Director of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Kaiser Permanente San Diego, and Dr. Cheryl Grills, Immediate Past President of the Association of Black Psychologists.
SDBHA is a non-profit organization that has existed for more than 35 years. The mission of the organization is to enhance the health status of African Americans in San Diego. For more information, visit www.sdbha.org.