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February 2024Vol. 25, No. 1Using Data to Understand Adverse Childhood Experiences Among Minnesota Youth

Using local-level data on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can help communities understand their unique strengths and challenges, inform ACEs prevention efforts and evaluation, build community resilience, and improve overall community well-being. This was the focus of a study conducted by the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) at the University of Minnesota as part of the Minn-LInK project.

The study’s issue brief describes the integrated surveillance system the Minnesota Department of Health is working to build that provides timely local-level data on ACEs and related risk and protective factors. An interactive data dashboard will include data from a variety of sources—child welfare and education data from the Minnesota Departments of Human Services and Education, the Minnesota Student Survey, publicly available data from the U.S. Census, and more.

Communities will be able to answer the following questions with this data:

  • What kinds of protective factors do students in our community have?
  • What risk factors are most prevalent for students in our community?
  • What is the prevalence of ACEs experienced by students in our community?
  • Do racial/ethnic disparities exist in ACES experiences for Minnesota students?

The report also presents a selection of specific data related to protective and risk factors and ACEs among Minnesota youth.

To learn more, read Integrating Data to Understand Adverse Childhood Experienced Among Minnesota Youth. A supplemental discussion guide is also available.

Related item: Read an article about another Minn-LInK study in the November 2023 issue of CBX.