Adverse Childhood Experiences

The effects of childhood trauma can last a lifetime. Studies show that children with higher rates of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) face an increased risk in adulthood of chronic health problems, mental illness, substance use and violence. To help address this, PHI conducts research on the impacts and prevalence of childhood trauma and its intersections with other health issues; convenes leaders from across sectors to find new, collaborative solutions; and devises messaging strategies and campaigns to help reduce ACEs, support resilient communities, and improve health outcomes.

Our expertise can make your work stronger

See how PHI can work with you to support or lead your work on this issue.

Our Impact

See all Adverse Childhood Experiences Impacts

Four children linking arms
  • 62% of Californians experienced one or more ACEs, according to a Center for Youth Wellness study co-released by PHI
  • 400+ people attended the 1st annual ACEs Summit, hosted by PHI's Population Health Innovation Lab
  • 73% of participants in a BMSG training said it strengthened their ability to use data to make their case for addressing ACEs to “advanced” or “intermediate/advanced”

Work With Us

You change the world. We do the rest. Explore fiscal sponsorship at PHI.

Bring Your Work to PHI

Support Us

Together, we can accelerate our response to public health’s most critical issues.


Find Employment

Begin your career at the Public Health Institute.

See Jobs

Aerial view of wildfire smoke


Wildfires & Extreme Heat: Resources to Protect Yourself & Your Community

Communities across the U.S. and around the world are grappling with dangerous wildfires and extreme heat. These threats disrupt and uproot communities and pose serious risks to environmental and community health—from rising temperatures, unhealthy air pollutants, water contamination and more. Find PHI tools, resources and examples to help communities take action and promote climate safety, equity and resiliency.

Get started

Continue to