The ACEs Resilience Project in Wake County is a multi-sector, community-driven movement to address and prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and build resilience for everyone in Wake County.
ACEs have a significant, long-term impact on health, quality of life, economics and education. Research shows that ACEs are common, they affect all income levels, and their impact on health and well-being is significant.
“The child may not remember, but the body remembers.” from the documentary Resilience: The Biology of Stress and The Science of Hope.
While ACEs significantly increase the likelihood of disease and illness, there are opportunities for prevention and mitigation. Research shows that the presence of one stable, caring adult in a child’s life is key to building resilience.
Together, we as a community can work to prevent ACEs and mitigate their impact for a healthy, thriving and economically strong Wake County.
The ACEs Resilience Project in Wake County was launched in April 2017 by Advocates for Health in Action and the YMCA of the Triangle. SAFEchild took over leadership of the project in March 2019.
An advisory board, steering committee and work groups comprise leaders from numerous local and state organizations, as well as individuals who want to improve health and well-being in Wake County.