What is an ACE score?

ACE is an acronym that standards for Adverse Childhood Experiences. The original study was published in 1998 by the federal agency The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with the help of the large HMO Kaiser-Permanente in Southern California. The original study found that "seven categories of adverse childhood experiences were strongly interrelated and persons with multiple categories of childhood exposure were likely to have multiple health risk factors later in life." Health risks included alcoholism, drug abuse, depression, and suicide attempt, sexually transmitted disease, physical inactivity, severe obesity, heart disease, cancer, chronic lung disease, skeletal fractures, and liver disease.

Major takeaways from the study: