The Power in a Plan: Utah’s Progress Toward Using Shared Risk and Protective Factors

The Utah Violence and Injury Prevention Program’s (UT-VIPP) initial push toward using a shared risk and protective factor (SRPF) approach came as a result of their partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the Core SVIPP cooperative agreement. As part of their work for
Core SVIPP, UT-VIPP decided to include the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) module in their state Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey and helped fund data collection for one year. The BRFSS is a telephone survey of US adults in all 50 states that collects data on health-related risk
behaviors, chronic health conditions, and use of preventive services. As part of the BRFSS survey, the ACE module asks questions about adverse childhood experiences that occurred before the respondent turned 18. This ACE module allowed for the collection of insightful data that were used by UT-VIPP, as well as many other partners.

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