united way of greater chattanooga

Join The Early Childhood Education Coalition of Chattanooga 2.0 and The United Way of Greater Chattanooga for the 

ACEs Community Summit on May 2nd!

The Truth About ACEs

ACEs are adverse childhood experiences that harm children’s developing brains so profoundly that the effects show up decades later; they cause much of chronic disease, most mental illness, and are at the root of most violence. 

The Three Types of ACEs Include:

Abuse (physical, emotional, sexual)

Neglect (physical & emotional)

Household Dysfunction (mental illness, incarcerated relatives, mother treated violently, substance abuse)

How Prevalent are ACEs?


  • Physical Abuse (28.3%)
  • Sexual Abuse (20.7%)
  • Emotional Abuse (10.6%)


  • Emotional (14.8%)
  • Physical (9.9%)

Household Dysfunction

  • Household Substance Abuse (26.9%)
  • Parental Divorce (23.3%)
  • Household Mental Illness (19.4%)
  • Mother Treated Violently (12.7%)
  • Incarcerated Household Member (4.7%)

What Impact Do ACEs Have?
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Smoking
  • Alcoholism
  • Drug use
  • Missed Work

Physical & Mental Health
  • Severe obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Suicide Attempts
  • STDs
  • Heart Disease
  • Cancer
  • Stroke
  • COPD
  • Broken Bones

Legal Forum

Co-hosted by Hamilton County Juvenile Court. 

Monday, May 1 | 7:30-9:00am

United Way Community Room

*Invite Only*
To register, please contact Jamie Bergmann (jamiebergmann@uwchatt.org)

Medical Forum

Co-hosted by the Regional Health Council, United Way will be offering a medical forum where professionals can learn more about how ACEs affects their field and why it is important to be trained. 

11:30-1:00pm | Monday, May 1|   Blue Cross Blue Shield. 

*Invite Only*

Behavioral Health/ Counselors Forum

Learn how ACEs affect your everyday life in your workforce.

Monday, May 1 | 3:00-4:30pm
Family Justice Center 

Early Education Training

United Way will be offering a 2-hour training session in ACEs for all Early Education and Youth Services Professionals. 

Monday, May 1st | 5:30-7:30pm Family Justice Center.


Chattanooga 2.0

How do ACEs affect early learning? Find out at the 2.0 forum. 

*Invite Only*

Adverse Childhood Experiences Resources

Visual, interactive representation of data from the 1995-1997 CDC-Kaiser Permanente study on Adverse Childhood Experiences prevalence and relationship to health outcomes.
An infographic depicting the impact of ACEs and why they are important.