The issue brief "Adversity in Childhood: A Lesser Known Driver of Health Care Utilization Throughout the Lifespan” describes the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and childhood trauma on health care spending. As federal and state governments work to improve health outcomes and bend the health cost curve downward, their efforts must be guided by data, research, and science. The evidence is clear, our country can take a big leap forward in building health and well-being by addressing identifiable childhood adversities. Use this issue brief to educate elected officials at all levels of government.

It was jointly produced by the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities’ Change in Mind initiative and Office of Public Policy and Mobilization.

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