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Grand jury uses ACEs science to issue stinging critique of local health department

The 2016-2017 Sonoma County (CA) Civil Grand Jury issued a remarkable report today. Tucked among the "Sales Tax Report" and "Elementary School Truancy" was — " Maternal Child and Adolescent Health: Caring for the Most Vulnerable ". The 10-page report casts an unblinking eye on the consequences of adverse childhood experiences in Sonoma County, a large rural county of more than 500,000 people north of San Francisco. It examined how the work of public health nurses in the Maternal Child and...

Childhood Poverty May Predict Heart Failure in Adulthood [Consumer.HealthDay.com]

Growing up poor might put you at risk for heart failure in adulthood, a new study suggests. Heart failure, a progressive condition, means the heart isn't pumping as well as it should. This causes fatigue and shortness of breath, and can make everyday activities difficult to carry out. Finnish researchers looked at household income for hundreds of children in 1980. The findings showed that kids from poor families were more likely than richer children to have an enlarged, poorly functioning...

Juvenile Justice Educators Debate New State Requirements Under Every Student Succeeds Act [JJIE.org]

The federal government’s attempts to bring consistency and standards to public education across the country have often clashed with the reality facing educators trying to meet those standards. The challenge is even greater for those working with teens locked behind bars or struggling to deal with years of physical and emotional trauma. A conference sponsored by the Coalition for Juvenile Justice in Washington in mid-June provided a forum for a lively — at times testy — debate over juvenile...

Personalized Restorative Justice Best Way to Teach Traumatized Students, Conferees Told [JJIE.org]

A white board with a giant illustration of the human brain sat in the middle of the room, a constant reminder, participants said, that any real attempts to treat juvenile offenders begins not with detention or tough love, but with science. Many of the teens who find themselves in the juvenile system or alternative school programs have grown up with trauma that directly impacts their cognitive functions, said Pender Makin, assistant superintendent of schools in Brunswick, Maine. Physical...

The opioid epidemic is so bad that librarians are learning how to treat overdoses [CNN.com]

A crowd hovered over the man lying on the grass as his skin turned purple. Chera Kowalski crouched next to his limp body, a small syringe in her gloved hand. Squeeze. The antidote filled the man's nostril. The purple faded. Then it came back. Kowalski's heart raced. "We only gave him one, and he needs another!" she called to a security guard in McPherson Square Park, a tranquil patch of green in one of this city's roughest neighborhoods. "He's dying," said a bystander, piling on as tension...

Ask the Community

Hello community, My state organization, the Alaska Resilience Initiative, is working on setting up a meeting with our US Senator, Lisa Murkowski, to discuss ACEs, trauma, and S.774 , the federal legislation on trauma-informed care that Sens. Durbin (IL) and Heitkamp (ND) introduced in March -- a Senate version of the bill that had been introduced in the House in the previous session. In addition to meeting with Murkowski, we are planning to send recommended revisions to the sponsoring...Read More...
Hi everyone, I have been thinking about starting a support group for adults in my local community for people who identify with ACE's (face to face), and I wondered if anyone had any experience setting one up or currently run one themselves? I'm particularly interested in peer facilitated groups, like a support group, rather than group therapy with a professional psychotherapist to hold the group, although I'd be interested in the success of either if you are involved in anything like this?Read More...
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Latest announcement from the Treating Trauma Without Drama Summit -- For the next 48 hours ALL presentations are available, go here Treating Trauma Without Drama Summit They've tried really hard to make these presentations available to the public, remember they're FREE; available so much so that I've decided NOT to make the presentations available myself, so this'll be your final chance! (method to their madness, I suppose, but I wish they'd have made these details available BEFORE this) 1Read More...

Looking for adult primary care practices using ACE

Hello, Our health system is looking to pilot the ACE questionnaire in an adult primary care clinic and one of our OB clinics. I am looking for practices where the ACE has already been implemented in these types of adult clinics. I have been doing my own research but have found it very difficult to find anything other than research studies that have been conducted in such settings. If anyone has contacts on adult clinics that have implemented the ACE I would very much appreciate being put in...Read More...
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