Author ORCID Identifier

Date of Award

Spring 4-21-2022

Degree Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


Public Health

First Advisor

Dr. Daniel Whitaker

Second Advisor

Dr. Shannon Self-Brown


Economic policies that influence rates of child maltreatment and other ACEs are potential macro-level interventions that can support safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments, a core component of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Essentials for Childhood Framework. Macro-level interventions have the potential to reach many more families affected by child maltreatment and ACEs in comparison to community or interpersonal-level interventions alone. While recent research points towards promising federal and state-level economic interventions that can improve population health and promote resiliency in families, there is a lack of reviews that evaluate some of the larger economic policies and their impact on ACEs and child maltreatment rates. The purpose of this review is to evaluate and discuss potential policy levers, both at the federal and state level, that have the potential to reduce ACEs and child maltreatment by providing increased economic support for families.


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