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Commentary

State Strategies to Mitigate Adverse Childhood Experiences during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

This commentary looks at how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated adverse childhood experiences, and children could be facing a surge of poor physical and mental health outcomes without adequate investment and focus to reduce the effects of ACEs. Black, Latino, and Native American children, who already disproportionately experience higher levels of ACEs, have also been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, in part due to longstanding inequities. A number of states are now taking action.