SD ACEs & Resiliency Fellowship:

Fellows are ready to Educate, Empower, and Connect!

Through unprecedented collaboration, Children's Home Society of South Dakota and the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment at USD were able to bring ACEs training to South Dakota professionals and to develop ACE Master Trainers in our state. The first cohort of ACEs & Resiliency Fellows met January 24-25, 2018, in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Twenty-six individuals from multiple sectors across the state were selected to participate in a training and learning community focused on building self-healing communities.  Participants spent two days with Dr. Robert Anda, Laura Porter, and Kathy Adams learning about the impacts of trauma, the ACE study, and how to support positive change within a community.

After two intense days, fellows returned home with the tools they need to bring ACEs training back to their communities. We are excited to get this message out across our state. If you interact with humans, you need ACEs training!


ACEs: A Public Health Concern  

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are stressful or traumatic events that happen in childhood. ACEs include abuse, neglect and household dysfunction.  The CDC Division of Violence Prevention, in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, conducted a landmark study from 1995 – 1997 with more than 17,000 participants regarding ACEs. The ACEs study reveals staggering proof of the health, social, and economic risks that result from childhood trauma.

What were the Adverse childhood experiences studied?

Emotional abuse

–Physical abuse

–Sexual abuse

–Emotional neglect

–Physical neglect

Mother treated violently

Household substance abuse

Household mental illness

Parental separation or divorce

Incarcerated household member


–Why ACE Scores Matter

STRESS: Toxic stress damages the developing brain architecture, which can lead to life-long problems in learning, behavior, and physical and mental health.

DEVELOPMENT: The more adversity a child experiences in the first 3 years of life, the greater the odds of developmental delays.

HEALTH: Early high stress experiences imbed into the body with lifelong cognitive, emotional, and physical health effects.

Ace Score of 1 or more

People with 1 or more ACE have an increased risk of cancer, heart disease, depression, and obesity

Ace score of 6 or higher

The life span of people with an ACE score of 6 or more is almost two decades shorter

Ace score of 7, 8 or higher

People with an ACE score of 7 or 8 are 3 times more likely to have cardiovascular disease as an adult