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PHO Grand Rounds: Understanding adverse childhood experiences in an Ontario context

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) include types of abuse, neglect and other possibly traumatic experiences that may occur before age 18. ACEs have been described as the largest unaddressed public health concern in our society, yet there is a lack of population health data related to ACEs in Ontario. To address this gap, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) conducted a survey to collect local data on ACEs, resilience and health outcomes of residents over the age of 18. The survey identified that ACEs are common among residents and co-occur with socioeconomic disadvantage; there is evidence of an intergenerational risk of mental illness and substance use; and resilience promoting programs may be effective in reducing long term negative effects of ACEs in our community. Thus, the implementation of resilience-building initiatives may be an effective approach to promote population health and address this emerging public health issue. This session will explore the results of the recent survey conducted at WDGPH and discuss next steps for action to prevent and mitigate the effects of ACEs in that community.   

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the importance of addressing early life experiences in the prevention of long-term negative health outcomes 
  2. Interpret Ontario-based data regarding the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences and their association with negative health outcomes
  3. Discuss the role of resilience in the prevention of negative health outcomes and health behaviours  

Presenter(s): Anna Vanderlaan

Anna Vanderlaan received a Master of Public Health from Queen's University. In her current role as a Health Promotion Specialist at Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH), her portfolio focuses on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and early childhood mental health promotion. Anna received the Rising Star Award from Health Promotion Canada in 2017 in recognition for her track record of professional achievements, exemplary personal leadership qualities and strong potential for making future contributions to health promotion in Canada. 


The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


PHO Rounds are a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). In order to receive written documentation for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, please check “Yes” beside the question “Do you require CME credits?” on the registration form.

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Affiliate Members may count RCPSC credits toward their Mainpro+ credit requirements. All other CFPC members may claim up to 50 Certified credits per cycle for participation in RCPSC MOC Section 1 accredited activities.

PHO Grand Rounds are also approved by the Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

For more information or for a record of registration for other Continuing Education purposes, please contact events@oahpp.ca


Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or events@oahpp.ca.

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Updated 27 Jan 2020