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Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences: Data to Action


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

The PACE: D2A team is committed to measuring and tracking data that support 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? Do you have questions about the data presented? Please send your inquiries or comments to our team at iprce@emory.edu.  

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 positive relationships at school. 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 composite metrics that express the prevalence of key ACE risk and protective factor indicators. We have also developed single composite metrics that apply to all risk and protective factors identified in the GSHS. In the maps linked to each of the sections below, we express the composite metrics relative to the state median so that counties may be compared to each other and to the state average.

ACE Protective Factor Composite Score

This map shows the percentage of children in Grades 6-12 who scored above the state median for the ACE protective factor composite score. A higher percentage represents a greater rate of children self-reporting factors that mitigate the effects of ACEs based on GSHS responses and the literature. The composite score is a combination of six measures that address the following topics: prosocial interactions with other students, prosocial interactions involving teachers, positive factors at a school system level (e.g., feeling the students are recognized for good behavior and having high standards for achievement), the perceived quality of school facilities, and feelings of belonging at school.

ACE Risk Factor Composite Score

This map shows the percentage of children in Grades 6-12 who scored above the state median for the ACE risk factor 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 derived from GSHS responses. These measures are related to substance use, bullying/fighting, anxiety/depression, feeling unsafe at school, and self-harm behaviors.

POSITIVE STUDENT INTERACTIONS

The map shows the percentage of children in Grades 6-12 who scored above the state median for reported prosocial interactions with other students. A higher percentage represents a greater rate of children in Grades 6-12 self-reporting the presence of positive prosocial behaviors at school, such as students treating each other fairly and with respect, and keeping the school in good condition.

Substance Use

The map shows the percentage of children in Grades 6-12 who scored above the state median for substance misuse. 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.

POSITIVE STUDENT-TEACHER INTERACTIONS

The map shows the percentage of children in Grades 6-12 who scored above the state median for observing prosocial interactions involving teachers. A higher percentage represents a greater rate of children in Grades 6-12 self-reporting being treated with respect by teachers, and teachers treating other students fairly.

Bullying and Fighting

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 online or physically, getting into physical fights, and being hit, pushed, or kicked at school.

POSITIVE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT

The map shows the percentage of children in Grades 6-12 who scored above the state median for reporting prosocial interactions involving teachers. A higher percentage represents a greater rate of children in Grades 6-12 self-reporting knowing a supportive adult at school, feeling that students are recognized for good behavior, and feeling that schools have high standards for achievement.

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.

QUALITY OF SCHOOL BUILDINGS AND MATERIALS

The map shows the percentage of children in Grades 6-12 who scored above the state median for responses related to schools being clean and well maintained.

PACE: D2A Factsheets

Over the course of this program and in collaboration with Essentials for Childhood workgroups and the Department of Public Health, factsheets were developed and disseminated directly to stakeholder groups. These factsheets serve to raise awareness about ACEs and the disparate burden, provide timely ACE surveillance data, and highlight ACE prevention strategies. The factsheets are presented below by the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) regions.

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

Archive of PACE: D2A Factsheets and Maps

Click here to view previous versions of the Georgia Student Health Survey (GSHS) factsheets, Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Plan (CANPP) factsheets, and state-level composite score maps.

Community Resources


Preventing childhood adversity begins with healthy and positive communities. The actions we take now to build communities with 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 the 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