February 2017

Philadelphia Principal Linda Cliatt-Wayman transforms Strawberry Mansion High School [Modern Heros]

Meet Principal Linda Cliatt-Wayman, who tells about her journey to work with the students and teachers to bring peace and learning to Philadelphia's Strawberry Mansion High Shool. "With passion and perseverance, Linda Cliatt-Wayman, principal of Strawberry Mansion High School, rescued one of the most dangerous schools in the country. Listen and share her incredible story of resilience and transformation" here in this 7-minute video . Philadelphia ACE Task Force members who have worked on...

New report identifies neighborhoods in need of behavioral health services [thenotebook.org]

At first glance, the Philadelphia neighborhoods in zip codes 19148 and 19120 might seem to have little in common. The 19120 zip code is on the northern edge of the city, bordering Cheltenham Township and including parts of the Olney, East Oak Lane, and Lawncrest neighborhoods. The 19148 zip code is along the Delaware River in Southeast Philadelphia, just below the Pennsport neighborhood and bisected by Interstate 76 before the highway links to the Walt Whitman Bridge. But these two areas...

What’s Killing America’s Black Infants? [The Nation]

"Racism is fueling a national health crisis." The author, Zoe Carpenter, examines the infant mortality, with a close look at the city of Milwaukee, whose health commissioner has identified reducing high infant mortality a primary health priority. Racial disparities in infant mortality continue and "a growing body of evidence points to racial discrimination, rather than race itself, as the dominant factor in explaining why so many black babies are dying." " Chronic stress raises amounts of...

Community Health Worker Peer (CHWP) Training Academy

The Drexel University Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice | Healing Hurt People - In partnership with the Drexel University Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, Philadelphia Works and The Behavioral Health Training and Education Network presents: Community Health Worker Peer (CHWP) Training Academy Do you know what it is like to be impacted by violence in your neighborhood? Do you want to help people heal from their injuries? We invite you to learn more about becoming a...

Dr. Lee Pachter gives introduction to ACEs and Protective Factors ["Another Thing" with Larry Mendte]

Representing the Philadelphia ACE Task Force and Drexel University , Dr. Lee Pachter, pediatrician, shared an introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), the difference between healthy stress and toxic stress in childhood, its impact on lifelong health and well-being & the universality of ACEs in so many of our children's lives. He also discussed the protective factor and buffering value for a child that unconditional love and support from an adult - parent, teacher or neighbor...

Philadelphia ACE Task Force ACEs Messaging Group Meeting

The ACE Messaging Work Group met on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. The three messaging groups, Youth, Older Adults, and Parents of Young Children reported in on their progress and current projected timeline for completion by end of June 2017, and provided feedback and questions to each other for each messaging theme. All groups have met within the last two weeks. The Work Group explored challenges that arose around the “what” that we are connecting people to through the messages, and how much...

Commentary: Is President Trump Causing Toxic Stress? [www.scattergoodethics.org]

A researcher and psychologist from Philadelphia pose the question, is President Trump causing toxic stress? The presidency is supposed to age the president, not the public.” And with that Jon Stewart, former host of the Daily Show and comic genius, touched on an overlooked but very serious public health question. Is Donald Trump, with his daily Twitter harangues, impulsive and outrageous executive orders, and all around nastiness harming the health of individuals? Have people become more...

Here are some "Aces" we can cheer about!

Kudos to Lower Merion High School Basketball Team, The Aces, for their demonstration of unity and tolerance! Arms interlocked, dressed in black t-shirts, Lower Merion presented a united front as the national anthem played Tuesday night at Marple Newtown High School. “I am a Muslim,” the shirt worn by all members of the Aces boys basketball team read in white script. “I am a refugee. I am an immigrant. I am an American. I am an Ace.” Read the full story by Matthew De George ...

Building on Arthur Evans' legacy: next steps for behavioral health in Philadelphia [Philly.com]

Dr. Arthur C. Evans steps down Friday after 12 years as commissioner of the city’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services – the name is one of myriad changes, large and small, that came under his watch. Evans brought tremendous vision and led a system-wide transformation effort focused on recovery, resilience, and self-determination . He embraced everything from prevention, early detection and intervention, to a variety of treatment types for the most serious...

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