Connections Matter - Black Hawk County ACE's Coalition

What exactly is it?

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events that can dramatically upset a child's sense of safety and well-being. The ACEs Coalition is working with community, regional and national partners across the areas of Education. Income and Health to implement ACE informed strategies.

Overall Concept

The ultimate goal of the ACEs Project is to improve the health and well-being of all by empowering communities, organizations and people to take informed actions to prevent and mitigate the lifelong effects of childhood adversity.

Data Points

  • 56% of Iowa adults report experiencing having at least one ACE.
  • Here in Black Hawk County, 12.9% of adults report four or more ACEs

Is this a United Way program? Who is involved?

This is a true community collaboration with many engaged partners.  Current partners in the collaboration include:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Black Hawk Grundy Mental Health
  • Cedar Valley's Promise
  • Cedar Valley United Way
  • Family and Children's Council
  • Operation Threshold
  • Waterloo Schools

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