Using ACE Data to Impact Substance Misuse Prevention
During this online session, we will demonstrate how adverse childhood experiences (ACE) data can be used to identify risk factors that contribute to substance misuse in a community and how the data can be used by prevention professionals to plan.
Exposure to traumatic experiences during childhood, or adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), is not uncommon. Studies estimate that 1 in 6 people report 4 or more types of ACEs.
This training assumes you have a basic knowledge of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Theory. If you have not been introduced to ACEs previously, we recommend watching this recording Understanding the Science of Trauma, Illuminating Prevention Action prior to attending this training event.
Iris Smith is an Associate Professor Emeritus at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health where she has taught graduate courses in Program Evaluation, Substance Abuse, Social Determinants of Health, and Mental Health Capstone course. In addition to teaching Dr. Smith has served as the Coordinator for the Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) Southeast Resource Team. In this role, she supervised a team of training and technical assistance specialists, content experts and consultants who provide training and technical assistance to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) state grantees. Prior to coming to Emory, she was the Director of National Evaluation Services for the American Cancer Society, and has also served as a Deputy Commissioner for the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. From 1979- 1992, Iris was Principal and Co-Investigator on a number of studies on prenatal drug exposure and intervention for substance abusing women and their children at Emory University’s School of Medicine. Her accomplishments include design, implementation and evaluation of outreach, intervention and treatment programs for substance abusing women and their children. Dr. Smith’s expertise includes substance abuse prevention and treatment, juvenile justice, and program evaluation.