December 2015

New Initiative Expands Holistic Approach to Trauma at Drexel’s 11th Street Health Center [DrexelNow]

Physical and behavioral health problems associated with trauma can linger long after someone experiences abuse, neglect, discrimination or violence, a growing body of evidence shows. With that knowledge in mind, a movement called “trauma-informed” care is making headway at schools, hospitals, social service organizations and health clinics across the country, including the  Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center  of Drexel University.

Trauma-Informed Workforce Development

The Workforce Development Work Group of the Philadelphia ACE Task Force met on Wednesday, December 16, 2015. The group discussed next steps with regard to upcoming projects for the group. The group discussed possible steps to support for the School District of Philadelphia’s Action Plan 3.0, Action 7 - Recognize, respond to, and support the social-­ ‐ emotional and behavioral health needs of our students. 7a. Equip staff to recognize and appropriately address students’...

Could we have a revolution in Philadelphia Schools?

School District of Philadelphia staff - teachers, counselors and administrators -  have been filling every available opening in the Institute for Family Professionals' trauma trainings that are offered to the school district and others through funding from United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.  Rebecca Pepper Sinkler- former editor of The New York Times Book Review and editor of SafeKidsStories shares the perspective of staff who attended in "Could We Have a...

Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities: A Highlight of 2015

Members of the ACEs Connection online community are well aware that experiencing significant adversity during childhood can lead to a myriad of negative health, mental health, social, and behavioral outcomes throughout the life course. The growing body of research around adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can, at times, leave us feeling overwhelmed. As advocates for child health and wellbeing, we may ask ourselves, “how can we treat individuals who have multiple ACEs?”,...

Philadelphia Premiere of Paper Tigers to be shown at Philadelphia ACE Film Festival - REGISTRATION IS OPEN

The Philadelphia ACE Task Force along with sponsors including the Scattergood Foundation , the Health Federation of Philadelphia ,  Behavioral Health Training and Education Network and Exude , will host Philadelphia's first ACE Film Festival on Wednesday, January 27th, from 12:30 - 5:30 at WHYY Studios in Philadephia.  The Festival will feature two powerful films - the Philadelphia premiere of Paper Tige rs by James Redford takes an intimate look into the lives of selected...

"Should ACEs Include Community Level Indicators" - Philadelphia Research Reaches California

Deangelo Mack , ACEs Connection member from California posed the question "Should ACEs Include Community Level Indicators" and replies with a resounding "Yes."  The article that he points to regarding this issue is written by Christine Forke Young, MSN, CRNP,  Fellow at the Violence Prevention Initiative at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Co-Chair of the Philadelphia ACE Task Force Research Committee, as well as one of the developers of the Philadelphia ACE...

Its Jails Bursting, Philadelphia Seeks Bail System Changes [ABCnews.go.com]

More than 7,800 men and women sit in Philadelphia's overcrowded jails, three-quarters of them languishing while they await trial under a bail system that critics call outmoded and that cities — and the White House — are working to change. Hundreds in the nation's fifth-largest city would be free, including nonviolent and first-time offenders, if there were alternatives to bail, a recent tally of the daily jail population showed. People accused of crimes here have historically...

 
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