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‘Thank you’ signs that sprang up after Sonoma County fires turned into a poster (

When the Jeberg family evacuated their Calistoga Road home on Oct. 8, fleeing the Tubbs fire, they assumed it would be the last time they’d ever see it. A couple days later, they learned their home had been spared. “It was just so hard (for him) to find words,” Michala Jeberg said on behalf of her husband, who was out of the country during the interview. “All he could come up with was, ‘Thank you,’ basically, and the fire crews were all just saying, ‘Well, we’re just doing our jobs.’ They...

Dr, Daniel Siegal, MD Speaking in Davis - January 10, 7-9pm.

HOW TO CULTIVATE COURAGE, CURIOSITY AND RESILIENCE IN YOUR CHILD New York Times Bestselling Author and Award-winning Educator, Dan Siegel, MD , will present from his latest book, The Yes Brain : How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity and Resilience in Your Child . Plan to reserve your tickets starting Dec. 4 th for this exciting January 10 th , 2018 lecture (7-9pm). For more information, FREE tickets and video of DPU’s last lecture with Michele Borba, please go to .

Overcoming Adversity with Diversity in Technology and Digital Media Storytelling

Hanna Institute's Professional Networking Breakfast will be next Thursday Dec 14th, 7:30-9am with digital media genius Villy Wang, speaking about social enterprise and how digital media arts can empower youth of color from historically underserved communities to take back their narratives through storytelling. Breakfast and Inspiration for $30. Free for educators and students.

Sonoma County Supervisors Invite Trauma Experts to Inform our Upcoming Journey of Recovery

Sonoma County's Board of Supervisors is singularly focusing on recovery for our community. Starting with deepening our local understanding of the wildfire's effect on our brains, bodies, and spirit, Tuesday's Board meeting dedicated time to exploring trauma and resiliency. Two experts were invited to share insights: Dr. Melissa Brymer is director of terrorism and disaster programs at the UCLA-Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress and an expert on how children deal with stress...

Ask the Community

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...
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...
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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...
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