The United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) Tribal Epidemiology Center (TEC) hosted two webinars titled “Community Voices: BRFSS and ACEs” in March 2017. The webinar provided an overview of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
The BRFSS objective is to collect uniform data on preventive health practices and risk behaviors that are linked to chronic diseases, injuries, and preventable infectious diseases that affect the adult population.
The USET TEC staff shared how a Tribal Nation can benefit from conducting a BRFSS, how the survey is conducted, how BRFSS data can be used, and how USET can assist in the process.
ACEs are traumatic experiences occurring before the age of 18 that a person remembers as an adult.
An ACE score is a measure of cumulative exposure to adverse childhood conditions. The USET TEC staff reviewed the benefits of measuring ACEs and discussed the need to implement a comprehensive ACEs program, including training and referral processes. Resources were also shared with participants.