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ACE Surveys -- Washington State

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) listed the ACEs questions as an “Optional Module” for states and territories to administer in 2009, 2010 and 2011.  Below are slides showing the states that administered the ACEs Optional Module on their BRFSS questionnaire in 2009-2013. Also click on the link in the Attachments box below for a PowerPoint version of this information.

The Washington BRFSS included the ACEs module in 2009, 2010, 2011*. The Washington State Family Policy Council sponsored the module for all three years.

Following are reports featuring ACE module results from the Washington BRFSS:

 “Adverse Childhood Experiences and Population Health: The Face of a Chronic Public Health Disaster” by Robert F. Anda, MD, MS and David W. Brown, DSc, MScPH, MSc. (2010). This report was prepared for the Family Policy Council and features data from 2009.

“Adverse Childhood Experiences Reported by Adults --- 5 States, 2009” by Bynum, L, Griffin, T, Riding, DL, Wynkoop, KS, Anda, RF, Edwards, VJ, Strine, TW, Liu, Y, McKnight-Eily, LR, and Croft, JB in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reort (MMWR), Dec. 17, 2010. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“ACEs. The Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences in Snohomish County” released by the Snohomish Health District. (2011). This report features data from 2010 BRFSS for Snohomish County and the 2010 Washington Healthy Youth Survey.

*Note: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) implemented new methodology for the BRFSS.  2011 was the first year to officially incorporate the new methods (inclusion of cell phone sample and use of a raking method to weight the data) across all states. Please refer to CDC documentation for information regarding the implications of this method change when aggregating multiple years and interpreting trends.

Website for the CDC BRFSS information:  CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

Website for CDC BRFSS Optional ACEs Module:

Website for CDC ACE Infographic:

CDC Infographic mapContacts:


 Laura Porter

Laura Porter

Senior Director of ACEs Learning Institute

Foundation for Healthy Generations



Washington BRFSS Coordinator:

Marnie Boardman, MPH

Washington Department of Health

Center for Health Statistics



CDC contacts for BRFSS ACEs information:


Melissa T. Merrick, Ph.D. email:


Katie A. Ports, Ph.D. email:


Division of Violence Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia










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