Wellness, Health Promotion & Prevention

Fairfax County, Virginia

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Fairfax, Virginia 22031

Marla Zometsky,

"Building Resilient Communities and Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences" presentation

Request an ACE trainingMemory of childhood experience is stored in the body, not just the mind. From that first spark of life, experience has a profound impact on who we are and who we will become.

In recent decades, there has been an explosion of new understanding – beginning with the Adverse Childhood Experiences, or "ACE" study – about how and why adversity and trauma can reliably predict risks for mental, physical, behavioral health and productivity in the population.

What’s predictable is preventable – because of recent discoveries in neuroscience, epigenetics, epidemiology, and resilience studies, we can understand how protection, prevention, and resilience promotion can profoundly improve health, safety and productivity, and reduce public and private costs now and for generations to come.

Photo of two girls in an elementary school classroomThe “Building Resilient Communities and Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences” presentation includes in-depth information about:

  • The neurobiological effects of adversity on development.
  • The impacts of childhood adversity and trauma on population health.
  • Resilience – what we can all do to improve health and well-being across the lifespan.

Contact us if your group or organization would like to get more information on ACE training or schedule a customized presentation.



May 2023

May 4th, 10:00am -12:30pm


Adverse Childhood Experiences - Data Trends and Prevention Efforts in Virginia (Feb. 2020)

This document provides background on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and explores ACEs data in Virginia.

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