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Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences: Data to Action


We're glad you're visiting the Georgia Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences: Data to Action (PACE: D2A) webpage! Here you'll find data related to student achievement, risk and protective behaviors, adverse childhood experiences, and much more.

The PACE: D2A team is committed to measuring and tracking data that supports the prevention of ACEs in Georgia. With our partners at the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Injury Prevention Program, we've created a single location to access multiple ACE and ACE-related data sources.

These data are presented in a map and organized by state, region, county, and school district. Maps will be updated regularly, so please visit the site often! 

Do you have additional data needs? Or do you have questions about the data presented? Please send your questions or comments to our team here.   

This work is funded by the Georgia Department of Public Health through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences: Data to Action (CDC-RFA-CE20-2006).

A special thank you to our data source partners and collaborators. Click here to learn more about these data sources.  

Data Mapping Tool


Click the button below to explore the various data maps. Use this guide to easily navigate the tool.

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Georgia Student Health Survey Analysis

The Georgia Student Health Survey (GSHS) is an annual survey administered to the majority of students in public schools in Georgia. The survey collects information on behaviors that are indicators of ACEs, such as bullying and fighting. The GSHS also collects important information on protective factors, such as school connectedness. A key feature of the GSHS is that it provides reliable estimates that are indicative of the prevalence of ACEs on a community level. Because the GSHS asks multiple questions on related behaviors, we have developed five composite metrics that express the prevalence of key ACE indicators including bullying, fighting, self-harm, anxiety/depression, and substance use. We have also developed a single composite score that is based on a combination of the five-composite metrics. In the maps linked to each of the sections below, we express the five composite metrics and the single composite score relative to the state median so that counties may be compared to each other and to the state average. Any county with less than 50% of children with results above the state median is doing better than 50% of the state.

State Composite Score

This map shows the percentage of children in Grades 6-12 who scored above the state median for the composite score. A higher percentage represents a greater rate of children self-reporting behaviors that are ACEs, or that are strongly associated with the occurrence of ACEs. The composite score is a combination of five measures from the GSHS: bullying, fighting, substance use, self-harm, and anxiety/depression.

Substance Use

The map shows the percentage of children in Grades 6-12 who scored above the state median for substance use. A higher percentage represents a greater rate of children in Grades 6-12 self-reporting substance use behaviors, such as drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, and using prescription pain medicine without a doctor's prescription.

Bullying

The map shows the percentage of children in Grades 6-12 who scored above the state median for bullying. A higher percentage represents a greater rate of children in Grades 6-12 self-reporting being bullied, either physically or online. Source: Georgia Student Health Survey, 2018-2020

Fighting

The map shows the percentage of children in Grades 6-12 who scored above the state median for fighting. A higher percentage represents a greater rate of children in Grades 6-12 self-reporting fighting behaviors, such as getting into physical fights; hitting, pushing, or kicking; and being hit, pushed, or kicked at school.

Self-Harm

The map shows the percentage of children in Grades 6-12 who scored above the state median for self-harm. A higher percentage represents a greater rate of children in Grades 6-12 self-reporting self-harm behaviors, such as thoughts or incidents of self-harm and suicide attempts.

Anxiety and Depression

The map shows the percentage of children in Grades 6-12 who scored above the state median for anxiety/depression. A higher percentage represents a greater rate of children in Grades 6-12 self-reporting symptoms of anxiety/depression, such as feeling withdrawn and overwhelmed with fear and intense worry.

PACE: D2A Factsheets

Over the course of this program, fact sheets will be developed in collaboration with Essentials for Childhood workgroups and the Department of Public Health and disseminated directly to stakeholder groups to raise awareness of ACEs, the disparate burden of ACEs, and ACE prevention strategies. The fact sheets are presented below by the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) regions. We will update this section with new fact sheets that provide timely ACE surveillance data. Please regularly visit this section of the webpage!

View the Georgia Student Health Survey (GSHS) factsheet for DFCS Region 1 by clicking here.

View the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Plan (CANPP) factsheet for DFCS Region 1 by clicking here

View the Georgia Student Health Survey (GSHS) factsheet for DFCS Region 2 by clicking here.
View the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Plan (CANPP) factsheet for DFCS Region 2 by clicking here. 

View the Georgia Student Health Survey (GSHS) factsheet for DFCS Region 3 by clicking here.

View the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Plan (CANPP) factsheet for DFCS Region 3 by clicking here

View the Georgia Student Health Survey (GSHS) factsheet for DFCS Region 4 by clicking here.

View the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Plan (CANPP) factsheet for DFCS Region 4 by clicking here

View the Georgia Student Health Survey (GSHS) factsheet for DFCS Region 5 by clicking here

View the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Plan (CANPP) factsheet for DFCS Region 5 by clicking here

View the Georgia Student Health Survey (GSHS) factsheet for DFCS Region 6 by clicking here.

View the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Plan (CANPP) factsheet for DFCS Region 6 by clicking here

View the Georgia Student Health Survey (GSHS) factsheet for DFCS Region 7 by clicking here

View the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Plan (CANPP) factsheet for DFCS Region 7 by clicking here

View the Georgia Student Health Survey (GSHS) factsheet for DFCS Region 8 by clicking here.

View the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Plan (CANPP) factsheet for DFCS Region 8 by clicking here

View the Georgia Student Health Survey (GSHS) factsheet for DFCS Region 9 by clicking here.

View the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Plan (CANPP) factsheet for DFCS Region 9 by clicking here. 

View the Georgia Student Health Survey (GSHS) factsheet for DFCS Region 10 by clicking here

View the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Plan (CANPP) factsheet for DFCS Region 10 by clicking here

View the Georgia Student Health Survey (GSHS) factsheet for DFCS Region 11 by clicking here.

View the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Plan (CANPP) factsheet for DFCS Region 11 by clicking here

View the Georgia Student Health Survey (GSHS) factsheet for DFCS Region 12 by clicking here.

View the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Plan (CANPP) factsheet for DFCS Region 12 by clicking here

View the Georgia Student Health Survey (GSHS) factsheet for DFCS Region 13 by clicking here.

View the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Plan (CANPP) factsheet for DFCS Region 13 by clicking here

View the Georgia Student Health Survey (GSHS) factsheet for DFCS Region 14 by clicking here

View the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Plan (CANPP) factsheet for DFCS Region 14 by clicking here

Community Resources


Preventing childhood adversity begins with healthy and positive communities. The actions we take now to build communities that have accessible resources, social support, and a sense of safety, can help children thrive even when facing difficult experiences. Our team promotes organizations, strategies, and interventions that support positive childhood experiences (PCEs). Please visit these resources below!

Prevent Child Abuse Georgia

Prevent Child Abuse (PCA) Georgia is the Georgia state chapter of PCA America, whose aim is to prevent abuse and neglect of children by providing direction to build safe and nurturing environments for children and families.

PCA Georgia:
Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Plan

Georgia’s Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Plan (CANPP) provides strategies for families, societies, and systems/ governments for collective action to help children and families.

CANPP:
Belonging for Hope

Belonging for Hope is a multi-organization supported campaign that provides resources on creating safe spaces for children to grow and receive the care and support they need to thrive.

Belonging for Hope:
Essentials for Childhood

CDC’s Essentials for Childhood (E4C) is a warehouse of strategies and resources that support the promotion of relationships and environments that are safe and stable for young children.

E4C:
NCIPC Adverse Childhood Experiences Strategy

NCIPC’s Adverse Childhood Experiences Prevention Strategy provides a comprehensive approach to mitigating ACEs with evidence-based primary-level prevention strategies.

NCIPC ACEs Strategy:
PACE: D2A Data Sources
To view the list of data sources used for this initiative, please click here