Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re a little unsure about what ACEs and Resilience mean, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve pulled some of your questions together into some easily-digestible pieces to help you learn more!

What are ACEs?

ACEs stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences. ACEs are potentially traumatic events that can have negative, lasting effects on health and well-being. Learn more.

What is resilience?

The ability to bounce back and return to being healthy and hopeful after bad things happen. Learn more.

Who is Thrive Ottawa County?

Thrive Ottawa County is a group of West Michigan organizations and individuals dedicated to informing our community about the importance of understanding the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), providing local ACEs data, and linking people to resilience resources.

Why did Thrive Ottawa County start?

Thrive Ottawa County started in response to ACEs data being collected for the first time ever on Ottawa County residents as part of the 2017 Community Health Needs Assessment.

How do I learn more about ACEs?

We’ve compiled many resources and information about ACEs on our website. Learn more.

How do I learn more about resilience?

We’ve compiled some information about resilience for you on our website. Learn more.

How do I request a screening of Resilience or Paper Tigers?

You can request a screening of these important films here.

How do I request a presentation about ACEs/Resilience?

If you’d like a Community Champion to teach a group about ACEs, and resilience, you can request that here.

Where do I go for help?

If you want to talk through or learn more about how your past experiences are impacting you, there are many local resources available. Learn more.