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HPIO analysis: 36% of depression in Ohio potentially preventable with elimination of adverse childhood experiences

A new HPIO fact sheet, The Link between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Poor Health, includes first-of-its-kind analysis in Ohio that estimates that 36% of depression diagnoses in Ohio can be attributed to experiencing multiple adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs.

That means that if exposure to ACEs were eliminated among Ohioans, an estimated 36% of depression diagnoses could be prevented.

Similarly, in Ohio, 33% of current smoking, 25% of inability to afford care, 24% of asthma, 20% of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and 19% of heavy drinking is potentially preventable with the elimination of exposure to ACEs.

The fact sheet is an excerpt from the HPIO policy brief Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Health Impact of ACEs in Ohio, which was released in August. Last week HPIO released a fact sheet describing the prevalence of ACEs in Ohio, which highlighted that more than two-thirds of Ohioans have been exposed to at least one ACE.