MDH to release data about adverse childhood experiences in Minnesota

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MDH to release data about adverse childhood experiences in Minnesota

Results from a survey of Minnesotans about their childhoods

Minnesota Adverse Childhood Experiences Data Release and Community Forum

January 28, 2012, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wilder Foundation, 451 Lexington Parkway North, Saint Paul, MN 55104

Scheduled participants include members of Governor Dayton’s Children Cabinet (such as  Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger and Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson); Laura Porter, Director of the Washington State Family Council, and other experts and guests.

Governor Dayton’s Children’s Cabinet is hosting a community forum the afternoon of January 28 to release data regarding the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on the lifelong health and well-being of Minnesotans. For two decades, research has demonstrated over and over again the powerful impact of ACEs on health, behavioral, and social problems.  With the release of this data, Minnesota is one of 18 states that have surveyed their residents on the prevalence and effects of ACEs. This is the first time Minnesota has collected this data.

In addition to the release of the ACEs data, the event will also include a presentation from nationally-known expert, Laura Porter, former Director of the Washington State Family Policy Council, who will talk about how the state of Washington used its ACEs data to increase community leadership and reduce ACEs. The event will also include a panel discussion focused on what policy impact this data might have on Minnesota’s efforts in the areas of health, education, social services, and criminal justice.

State commissioners will be available to the media following their comments.


Media inquiries:
Scott Smith
MDH Communications Office
651-201-5806 (office)
651-387-2487 (mobile)