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NCSL Legislative Video Resource Center

The NCSL Video Resource Center is a collection of recorded webinars accessible for on-demand learning.

State Strategies to Address Adverse Childhood Experiences

Adverse events that occur in childhood can lead to negative psychological, social and physical outcomes later in life–and can even affect future generations. New and exacerbated stressors during the pandemic underscore concern for the risks and long-term health effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), particularly for groups already disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Certain interventions can help mitigate negative outcomes from ACEs and, according to research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prevent them from occurring in the first place. This webinar will provide an overview of ACEs, including considerations during the pandemic, and examples of state action to reduce their harmful effects.


  • Tahra Johnson, program director, NCSL Health Program


  • Dr. Melissa Merrick, president & CEO, Prevent Child Abuse America
  • Kate Bradford, research analyst, NCSL Health Program
  • Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-NY)
  • Representative Sherrie Conley (R-OK)