Adverse Childhood Experiences in Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recently issued a report highlighting findings and recommendations from the 2011 Minnesota Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). This survey has been conducted in Minnesota since 1994. However, this was the first year that data was collected on “the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on the lifelong health and well-being of adults in Minnesota.” The executive summary is available here. Key findings include:

An ACE is a traumatic experience that occurs before age 18. There are nine types of ACEs: physical abuse, sexual abuse, verbal abuse, mental illness of a household member, problematic drinking or alcoholism of a household member, illegal street or prescription drug use by a household member, divorce or separation of a parent, domestic violence towards a parent, and incarceration of a household member.

ACEs are common and increase one’s risk for health problems. More than half (55%) of the Minnesotans surveyed reported experiencing at least one ACE. An increase in the number of ACEs was associated with an increase in risk for health problems, especially anxiety, depression and smoking. Risk for chronic drinking increased for individuals who reported experiencing four or more ACEs.

Promoting resiliency and reducing ACEs may reduce many ACE-related health and social problems. According to Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child, “Research shows that, even under stressful conditions, supportive, responsive relationships with caring adults as early in life as possible can prevent or reverse the damaging effects of toxic stress response.” MDH recommended several strategies, including increasing awareness and enhancing the capacity of communities to prevent and respond to ACEs.

Click here for a press release and here to visit MDH’s website for additional materials including a PowerPoint presentation.

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Data Speaks at November SACK Meeting

More than twenty attended SACK’s monthly coalition meeting at FirstLight on November 6th! Karla Filibeck described the progress made thus far by the Epidemiological Workgroup to collect, analyze and prioritize data on “local conditions” that may encourage or discourage underage and binge drinking in Kanabec County. The Workgroup’s 20 highest ranking local conditions were shared, and coalition members used clickers to vote on political will, capacity/resources and changeability for each one.

Then in small groups, coalition members reviewed existing marijuana-related data and discussed additional ideas for collection. To see which alcohol-related local conditions ranked highest as well as coalition members’ ideas for additional marijuana-related data collection, click here.

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Drug, alcohol survey headed to parents

In the next few weeks 800 households in Kanabec County will be receiving a survey from Invitation Health Institute (IHI) asking parents of 7th-12th grade students their opinions about alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use among youth.  To learn more about this collaborative efforts with the Mora and Ogilvie School Districts and the Substance Abuse Coalition of Kanabec County (SACK) click here.

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The results are in! Kanabec County Fair SpeakOut

If you found Public Health’s booth at the Kanabec County Fair, you likely also found the following two questions: 1) Adults…Are you aware of the Social Host law in Mora and Kanabec County? and 2) Adults…Would you utilize a drop box to dispose of your unused medications if available in Kanabec County? Fairgoers were asked to indicate their answer with a check mark. As you can see in the photos below, the majority are not aware of the social host ordinances and would utilize a drop box if there was one available. Look for more opportunities to “SpeakOut” on a variety of substance-use related issues this summer at local establishments, events and in other public places!

 

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Who Do You Think SACK Should Interview?

An exciting opportunity to gather data and expand SACK’s network and influence is upon us! At least 75 one-on-one interviews will be conducted this summer with community members who are 18+, live or work in Kanabec County, and are not yet involved in the coalition. We need your help! Please click here to suggest community members for one-on-one interviews.

By suggesting individuals to interview, you are not necessarily agreeing to conduct the one-on-one interviews with these individuals. Additional background information and training for conducting interviews will be discussed at the next SACK meeting on June 5th.

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Epidemiological Workgroup to Coordinate Data Collection

Data keepers and enthusiasts from Family Pathways, FirstLight Health System, Mora Schools, Kanabec County Family Services and Sheriff’s Office met for the first time last week. The group discussed how state and local data on alcohol, tobacco and other drugs will be gathered and analyzed over the next several months. The next Epidemiological Workgroup meeting is Wednesday, May 16th at 10am. If you are interested in participating or have ideas for the group, please email sackcoalition@gmail.com.
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