Community Members Gather to Fight Adverse Childhood Experiences

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are negative experiences that can happen to children and impact them into adulthood.  There are ten common traumas that have been identified.  Join us to learn more about the ACEs research, what ACEs look like in our community and how we can help move forward.

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On March 25, 2013, 220 people, representing over 100 organizations, attended a community forum where we heard about  research surrounding Adverse Childhood Experiences and what we can do as a community.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Hallagan Education Center (Inside Mercy Medical Center)

701 10th St. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 5 – 8:30 p.m.

Registration begins at 4:30, Dinner at 5, and Program begins at 5:30

Dr. Robert AndaKeynote Speaker: Dr. Robert Anda, co-investigator of the Adverse Childhood Experience study and medical scientific consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will present his research findings on what ACEs are and how they contribute to poor health in adulthood.

ACE Study Congressional Briefing Anda.pdf


laura porterLaura Porter, founder and staff director of the Washington State Family Policy Council, will present on how we can address and help with improvements in our own community.  She continues to play a key role in helping the State of Washington develop and implement community-based responses to ACEs.

Laura Porter's Power Point.pdf


To learn more about Adverse Childhood Experiences, please click here.

Learning Objectives

The physician will:

  1. Discuss evidence-based research findings on the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study and how ACEs are connected with poor health outcomes.
  2. Describe best practice examples of how Washington state is addressing ACEs.
  3. List local examples of how ACEs are observed within our community.
  4. Develop a list of ideas on ways our community can begin to address ACEs.
  5. Discuss people/organizations that should be invited to become a partner in addressing ACEs.

Continuing Education Credit

Nursing: 3.6 contact hours were awarded for attending the entire program; no partial credit will be given. Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa is IBN provider # 57.

Other healthcare professionals: This offering may be eligible for 3.6 contact hours of continuing education credit. Consult your governing rules to determine if appropriate subject matter criteria will apply to credit hours.

     Thank you to our keynote speaker supporter: 

Iowa Department of Public Health

Thank you to our event supporters:  

Climate EngineersSt Lukes Hospital

Holmes MurphyMercy CR


The Cedar Rapids Medical Education Foundation is accredited by the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Cedar Rapids Medical Education Foundation designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ for each conference attended. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with their participation in the activity.

As a sponsor accredited by the Iowa Medical Society, the Cedar Rapids Medical Education Program must assure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all its individually sponsored or jointly sponsored educational activities. All faculty participating in a sponsored activity are expected to disclose to the activity audience any significant financial interest or other relationship (1) with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) and/or provider(s) of commercial services discussed in an educational presentation and (2) with any commercial supporters of the activity (significant financial interest or other relationship can include such things as grants, or research support, employee, consultant, major stock holder, member of speakers bureau, etc.) The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent a speaker with a significant financial or other relationship from making a presentation, but rather to provide listeners with information on which they can make their own judgments. It remains for the audience to determine whether the speaker’s interests or relationship may influence the presentation with regard to exposition or conclusion. Disclosure forms for each presenter are on file in the CME office. DURING PRESENTATIONS THERE ARE OCCASIONALLY DISCUSSIONS OF UNAPPROVED USE OF FDA APPROVED DRUGS, DEVICES OR TREATMENTS. THIS MUST BE DISCLOSED TO THE AUDIENCE DURING THE LECTURE.

Iowa Medical Society


Cedar Rapids Medical Education Foundation

Jointly sponsored by Cedar Rapids Medical Education Foundation


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