Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, is one of six priority areas identified in the 2022 Snohomish County Community Health Assessment.

ACEs are potentially traumatic life events before a child turns 18. These can include:

  • verbal or physical abuse,
  • exposure to substance misuse,
  • incarceration of a household member, 
  • and other traumatic events. 

A higher number of ACEs experienced – often called an ACEs score – corresponds to a higher risk of poor health outcomes like depression, illicit drug use, smoking, attempted suicide, partner violence, obesity, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Nearly a quarter of Snohomish County students have an ACEs score of three or more. 

ACES score data

For more data and information, view the full CHA report.