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#RuralHealthChat: Adverse Childhood Experiences in Rural Areas

Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017
Duration: approximately 60 minutes

Adverse Childhood Experiences are significant disturbances in a child’s life that affect their security and ability to function in healthy ways. ACEs include all forms of child abuse (emotional, physical, or sexual), neglect (physical or emotional), or household dysfunction (divorce, violence, incarceration, substance abuse, or mental illness), and can impact a person’s health and well-being into adulthood. Rural children are more likely than urban children to experience certain kinds of adversity, according to a 2015 report from the Health Resources and Services Administration.


  • Martha Davis, Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation @MarthaBDavis26
  • Herb Kuhn, President and CEO; Leslie Porth, PhD, Senior Vice President of Strategic Quality Initiatives; and Mat Reidhead, MA, Vice President of Research and Analytics, Hospital Industry Data Institute from the Missouri Hospital Association @MOHospitals
  • Adrienne Coopey, DO, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Buncombe ACE Learning Collaborative Co-Chair, Mission Hospital System @DrCoopey
  • Kate Powers, Sr. Research Program Coordinator, Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative @CAHMI2Thrive

We used the hashtag #RuralHealthChat to tweet with expert co-hosts and special guests about adverse childhood experiences in rural areas. If you’d like to see our conversation or access the many resources shared, they are all available below, via Storify.