ISER Talk: 'Adverse Childhood Experiences: What Do Adult Alaskans Report?' Dec. 9

by Michelle Saport  |   

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 12-1 p.m. Diplomacy Building, Fifth Floor, ISER Conference Room

Over the past 20 years, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) studies have linked a variety of health and social problems in adult Americans to abuse or neglect they experienced as children. In 2013, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey (BRFSS) in Alaska asked adult Alaskans a series of questions about adverse experiences they had as children. The BRFSS survey is conducted in all states; the Alaska Division of Public Health administers it in Alaska.

Patrick Sidmore, a planner with the Alaska Mental Health Board, has analyzed the results of the 2013 Alaska survey. He will talk about adverse childhood experiences among adult Alaskans and the health, social and economic consequences that can be traced to such experiences. He'll also compare survey results from some other states, and discuss areas where there has been progress in reducing adverse childhood experiences and what still needs to be done. Mr. Sidmore holds degrees in economics and management, as well as social work. His work focuses on early childhood mental health, and he has been instrumental in collecting ACE data for Alaska.

The Diplomacy Building is at 4500 Diplomacy Drive, at the corner of Tudor Road and Tudor Centre Drive. Parking is free. Call (907) 786-7710 if you need directions.

Note: Those who can't attend in person can join us remotely over the web or call (907) 786-6755, Conference ID: 475905. A recording of the talk will also be posted on the ISER website (

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