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February 02, 2024
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HPIO releases latest brief on ACEs prevention strategies


The Health Policy Institute of Ohio has released a new publication titled “Strategies to Prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in Ohio: Promoting Positive Social Norms and Intervening to Lessen Harm.” 

Since 2020, HPIO has released a series of policy briefs on ACEs in Ohio.

As part of its Ohio ACEs Impact Project, HPIO has outlined a comprehensive and strategic approach to preventing ACEs, elevating 12 key evidence-informed strategies. This latest brief examines the implementation status of four strategies to promote social norms that protect against violence and adversity and intervene to lessen immediate and long-term harm. 

One of the strategies highlighted is behavioral health treatment. As illustrated above, provider shortages cause challenges in accessing behavioral health treatment, especially for Ohioans living in rural counties. Holmes and Harrison Counties have the lowest rates of mental health professionals per population, meaning some people in these counties may not be getting the mental health services they need. 

HPIO will host a webinar on the topic on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at 11:30 a.m., with a guest speaker from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. For more information and to register visit our website:

Support for this project was provided by the Harmony Project, the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association and HPIO’s other core funders