Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2020

Degree Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


Public Health

First Advisor

Ashli A. Owen-Smith, PhD SM

Second Advisor

Claire Adams Spears, Ph.D.


Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that occur during childhood including experiencing abuse, household disfunction, and neglect. ACEs are exacerbated by social inequities and have an intergenerational impact. Conversations around ACEs are shifting from data collection to prevention strategies. This capstone will focus on policy strategies for preventing ACEs using the World Health Organization’s “Conceptual Framework for Action on the Social Determinants of Health” and the Center for Disease Control’s “Essentials for Childhood” framework. Policy strategies for preventing ACEs in Georgia include (1) ensuring housing stability for families and (2) expanding healthcare access.

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