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Sonoma County ACEs Connection Meeting February 28, 2018

The Sonoma County ACEs Connection has had some exciting meetings the past few months, exploring the many directions our group can and will take in the coming months. Attached you will find a typed up version of our brainstorm sessions from the February, 28, 2018 General Meeting of the Sonoma County ACEs Connection. The topics addressed included: (1) What will the be the group's norms and dedication to safe space look like? (2) What type of resiliency events should our group engage in? (3)...

How To: ACEs & Resiliency Fellowship

Would your community like to start an ACEs & Resiliency Fellowship to help spread awareness and build capacity for action? Sonoma County would like to share our tools and lessons learned with you. 1. What was the ACEs & Resiliency Fellowship? This remarkable program is unique to Sonoma County California. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) & Resiliency Fellowship is a 9-month intensive interdisciplinary program designed for community members who serve as community educators...

In Partnership with Wilmington University, DHSS Begins Yearlong Initiative to Train 1,000 Staff Members in Trauma-Informed Approaches to Assessing and Meeting the Needs of Clients []

NEW CASTLE (March 12, 2018) – The Department of Health and Social Services is partnering with Wilmington University to train more than 1,000 frontline DHSS staff in better assessing and addressing the needs of clients statewide, many of whom have experienced trauma in their lives, during the kickoff of a yearlong Trauma-Informed Approach initiative. Wilmington University’s nine-week training session for 26 supervisors and trainers from the DHSS Divisions of Social Services, Child Support...

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Ventura County residents fire recovery

Gail Kennedy
HI everyone - I have family that has lost everything in the Ventura fires and i am trying to be a resource for them. I already shared a one pager about the health effects of ash (Thank you for posting that, Karen!). Do you all have any suggestions for what they definitely need to do? (They lost everything). They have been in touch with insurance company (havent heard back yet) and are out looking for an apartment to rent. Any must dos for them? Thank you in advance! Gail (formerly from Ventura)Read More...
Last Reply By Sue Stephenson · First Unread Post
Has anyone read this exciting article from NPR about specific approaches schools can use to address student trauma? When Schools Meet Trauma With Understanding, Not Discipline A brief excerpt: "...schools, because they have so many children dealing with many different issues, often don't think about the reasons behind behaviors. Mental health workers, like her, though, have learned a lot recently about how trauma changes the brain. "A kid who's been exposed to trauma ... that fight or flight...Read More...
Last Reply By Jessie Wetmore · First Unread Post
St. Joseph Health (Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital) is conducting its triennial Community Health Needs Assessment in alignment with their mission to improve the health and quality of life of the people and communities they serve. As part of the assessment, they want to hear from community residents throughout the county about what matters to them and their families’ health, about what they see as the biggest needs for the community in making our home towns as healthy as they can be. This is a...Read More...
Last Reply By Karen Clemmer · First Unread Post