Adverse Childhood Experiences: A New Way of Understanding Lifelong Health

Des Moines, IA US
February 1, 2016


Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are incidents that harm social, cognitive and emotional functioning and dramatically upset the safe, nurturing environments children need to thrive. Landmark research from the CDC and Kaiser Permanente has shown that ACEs can negatively impact the health and behavioral outcomes as an adult. The purpose of the series is to introduce participants to the ACE Study, facilitate discussions how study can inform participants work and communities, and provide tools and resources to for participants. This mission of our work is to prevent and mitigate the impact of toxic trauma on lifelong health. To learn more, please visit the Iowa ACEs website


Target Audience

Professionals who work in the health and human services sector.


  • Develop a basic understanding of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study and the Iowa specific data.
  • Review the framework for how adverse experiences lead to later health outcomes and risky behaviors.
  • Discuss responses to the findings.


Lisa Cushatt, LMSW
Program Manager, Central Iowa ACEs 360

Ms. Cushatt indicated she has no financial relationships to disclose relevant to the content of this CME activity.

Continuing Education Credit

  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through the joint providership of Des Moines University (DMU) and Central Iowa ACEs 360. DMU is accredited by IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 
  • DO: Des Moines University is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and approves this live activity for 1.5 AOA Category 2-A CME credit(s). 
  • Nursing: Des Moines University continuing education is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.8 continuing education contact hours. No partial credit awarded.
  • Other: This live activity is designated for 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.50 AOA Category 2­A
  • 1.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.80 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
02/01/2016 - 1:00pm CST
Event ends: 
02/01/2016 - 2:30pm CST
United Way of Central Iowa
1111 9th St #100
Des Moines, IA 50314
United States

Available Credit

  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.50 AOA Category 2­A
  • 1.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.80 IBON


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