Health Council Support Bermuda ACE Research

February 18, 2019

The Bermuda Health Council will be providing the Family Centre with analytics and data reporting support for an Adverse Childhood Experiences [ACE] study.

A spokesperson said, “The Bermuda Health Council is announcing a 2019 research collaboration with The Family Centre, a Bermuda charity. To enhance the delivery of health services and better understand social determinants of health here in Bermuda, the Health Council will be providing the Family Centre with analytics and data reporting support for an Adverse Childhood Experiences [ACE] study.

“This technical support comes on the heels of the Health Council completing analytics for charities focused on specific diseases, like asthma, and survey development for the Bermuda charity, SCARS. Evidence-based policies are important in Bermuda, and the Health Council seeks to support projects that increase the richness of the datasets available on the island.

“The ACE study, which will be conducted for the first time in Bermuda, is a validated research tool that has been a standard used globally. The experiences measured in the survey may include the absence of a parent, neglect, various types of abuse, use of narcotics, or witnessing domestic violence.”

Dr. Stephanie Guthman, Director of Specialized Training & Assessment from the Family Centre introduced the ACE conference in Bermuda for the first-time last year and is pleased the Bermuda Health Council will collaborate on the ACE study, saying, “the aim of the study is to collect local information about adverse childhood experiences and different mental or physical health outcomes.”

BHEC added, “In other jurisdictions, an increase in adverse childhood experiences has been shown to be associated with an increased risk for developing chronic mental and physical conditions, later in life. That risk is much higher when multiple types of adverse childhood experiences were reported. As the growth of chronic conditions put a strain on health system resources and impact the local economy, reducing risks to these conditions through prevention is a priority.

“Upon the publication of survey results, the Health Council will use the information gained to coordinate with other system stakeholders like psychologists, physicians, and social workers to promote change in Bermuda. These collaborations should yield key recommendations for our communities to combat the growing links between childhood experience and adult risk. The investment in this kind of research is essential for making more effective policy decisions in support of a more cost-effective and affordable health system.

“Sharing our resources in support of research is one of the ways the Health Council works to enhance the health system in Bermuda. By developing a more comprehensive evidence-base, our communities can provide better tools for challenging social and health issues. We are happy to provide this technical support to the Family Centre for this exciting research as they continue to offer early intervention services for children who are experiencing emotional challenges, thereby creating a positive ripple effect for the future.”

“To take the survey, please visit the Family Centre’s website at”

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  1. Community First says:

    This is interesting to hear. Congratulations to Dr. Guthman and the Bermuda Health Council – understanding the experiences of our childhood is important to understanding ourselves as adults.

    Trauma is not always visible and as a small community that struggles consistently with diversity and inclusion the harm we do to ourselves and each other is often hidden. This may expose how much trauma we hold as a community.

    It may even explain our politicians constant desire for power, privilege and perks….often ignoring the greater needs of our Bermuda community in order to serve themselves first.