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Iowa ACEs DMU Lunch-n-learn

October 14, 2013 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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“Our two most important findings are that these adverse childhood experiences: are vastly more common than recognized or acknowledged and have a powerful relation to adult health a half-century later.” 

Dr. Vincent Felitti, co-investigator of The ACE Study

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Data into Action: Crafting a Response to Iowa’s ACE Score

Hear first-ever Iowa data on adverse childhood experiences and their impact on adult health and behaviors. Explore possible responses to the findings through local and national stories. Take action to change our communities.

Substantial research has proven there is a direct correlation between traumatic (“adverse”) childhood experiences (ACEs) and a multitude of health and social problems throughout a lifetime. The severity and extent of these problems correlates to the number of ACEs experienced early in life. Learn more.

You’re invited to hear the newly-released analysis of Iowa’s ACEs data and consider how you can respond to the findings in your field and community. This information is a critical step in beginning to understand and address many of our state’s most costly medical, psychiatric and social problems.

The ACE Study measured 10 types of adverse childhood experiences:

  • Abuse: physical, sexual, psychological
  • Neglect: emotional, physical
  • Other traumatic stressors: substance abuse, divorce, mental illness, battered mother, and criminal behavior


All health professionals and students are invited to attend at no cost.


Bukre HarrisNadine Burke Harris, M.D., FAAP, MPH

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris has earned international attention for her innovative approach to addressing adverse childhood experiences as a risk factor for health problems such as heart disease and cancer. She is founder and CEO of Center for Youth Wellness, which integrates medical, mental health, holistic and social services for an evidence-based approach to improving the health and well-being of urban youth. The center has the ambitious goal of developing a clinical model that recognizes and effectively treats toxic stress in children. Dr. Burke Harris also maintains her clinical practice at the Bayview Child Health Center at California Pacific Medical Center.


  • Learn why Iowa’s newly released data on adverse childhood experiences is important to understanding the health and well-being of children and adults, and how health care providers can begin to address toxic stress in families.
  • Discuss how various disciplines in Iowa are using the original ACE Study and trauma informed principles to improve services to children, families and adults.
  • Recognize how communities throughout Iowa and the US are using multi-disciplinary teams to problem-solve together with the understanding that trauma is the root of many of their shared challenges.


DMU Lunch-n-Learn

All health professionals and students are invited to attend at no cost. Attend onsite at Des Moines University (lunch provided) or online!

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Iowa ACEs Summit at the Sheraton

The cost is $40 to attend and includes lunch, refreshments and conference materials. Space is limited to 600 people. All registrations must be received by October 4. Registration is non-refundable.

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Continuing Medical Education

Iowa ACEs Summit at the Sheraton

Nicole Beaman

Thank you to our generous sponsors

iowa adverse childhood experiences sponsors

Continuing education

IMS Logo M.D.: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with ACCME® Essential Areas and Elements and Iowa Medical Society (IMS) policies. Des Moines University is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Des Moines University designates this live education activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

D.O.: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the essential areas and policies of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). Des Moines University is accredited by the AOA and approves this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 hours of AOA Category 2-A CME credits.

Nursing: Des Moines University (provider #112) is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing as an accredited provider. This activity has been reviewed and approved for a maximum of 1.2 continuing education contact hours.

Other: This live activity was designated for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

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Des Moines University, Student Education Center (SEC) Auditorium
3200 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312

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October 14, 2013
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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