• NACCHO Supports Policies That Protect Families

    Washington, DC, June 20, 2018 — The National Association of County and City Health Officials, representing nearly 3,000 local governmental health departments across the county, strongly asserts that policies that separate children from their parents or guardians and house them in ways that are inadequate are adverse to the mental and physical health for both individuals and communities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-Kaiser Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) studies have shown childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. ACEs have been linked to risky health behaviors, chronic health conditions, low-life potential, and early death, such experiences lead to important public health consequences for individuals of all ages: infants, children, and adults.