Report links childhood trauma to Iowans' health
Wednesday, October 09, 2013 4:56 PM
A new report to be released Oct. 14 will detail how adverse childhood experiences affect the health and well-being of Iowans throughout their lives. Fifty-five percent of Iowans have faced at least one traumatic or adverse experience, such as child abuse or a dysfunctional household, prior to age 19. As the frequency of these traumatic experiences increases, so does the likelihood that someone will have poor physical and mental health as an adult. The new research will be presentedn at the 2013 Iowa Adverse Childhood Experiences Summit to be held at the Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel. "This data highlights the significant impact traumatic experiences have on a child's developing brain and is essential to informing policy and practice changes that can lead to better health for all Iowans," said Suzanne Mineck, president of Mid-Iowa Health Foundation, which provided funding for the study. "Our hope is that this research inspires a commitment by communities to diminish the number of children exposed to highly stressful situations...." Click here to read a related business article about Mid-Iowa Health Foundation.