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Understanding the Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences


CentraCare and TPT present "Whole People"

Whole People is a documentary series about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES).

CentraCare Health is proud to partner with Twin Cities Public Television (TPT MN) to present “Whole People,” a documentary series about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

CentraCare recognizes the impact ACEs have on the health and well being of people living in communities and is taking a leading role to support efforts that address this issue.

What are ACEs?

Examples of ACEs include abuse, neglect and household dysfunction. They can be caused by stressful situations such as domestic violence, families going through divorce, as well as traumatic experiences such as physical, emotional and sexual abuse.

How do ACEs impact health?

Studies show that when children experience traumatic events, their health is significantly impacted. In fact, the long-term health effects of experiencing a traumatic situation can actually increase the likelihood of developing chronic diseases and even increase the risk of developing some cancers.

The documentary series

Whole People airs Sunday nights on TPT MN at 7 p.m. (CST) beginning January 13 running through February 10, 2019. The documentary series is the result of a three-year partnership between CentraCare and TPT MN. Each episode is available to watch online – on this web page – once it has aired.

Watch the trailers

Trailer: Episode 1

Trailer: Episode 2

Watch the documentaries

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Episode 5

For more information

To learn more about ACEs in Minnesota and connect to helpful resources, visit