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COVID-19 Community Response: Emerging Themes Across Sentinel Communities [rwjf.org]

From Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, August 2020 The coronavirus pandemic has elevated and exacerbated deep-seated inequities in communities across the United States. Localities large and small, urban and rural, well resourced and under resourced, are responding to distinct challenges. The Sentinel Communities project will follow the experiences of nine diverse communities to understand how they are responding to and recovering from this crisis. From the county housing the nation’s...

How to Be a Truama-Informed Department Chair Amid Covid-19 [chronicle.com]

By Manya Whitaker, The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 27, 2020 As a faculty member preparing for the fall semester, I’ve been thinking a lot about trauma-informed teaching amid Covid-19. But I’m also one of those academics who wears multiple hats — in my case, department chair and interim director of a multicultural center. And I’ve realized that I need to offer trauma-informed leadership, too. Perhaps the most difficult aspect of being in a management position right now is balancing...

Racial Trauma and Structural Racism Amidst COVID-19 [psychologytoday.com]

By Jamie D. Aten, Psychology Today, August 13, 2020 Jamie Aten: How did you first get interested in this topic? Sabrina Liu & Sheila Modir: While attending graduate school together, the two of us quickly bonded as colleagues and friends over our shared interest in studying the impact of racism and trauma. As two women of color, we also connected over our personal experiences of racism and discrimination, recognizing that we could use our unique perspectives to collaborate on ways to...

Whose Streets? [motherjones.com]

By Samantha Michaels, Mother Jones, October 2020 In August 2018, a few weeks after he was shot eight times at a party in Oakland, Andre Reed was recovering at his mom’s house, his wounds still open, when he got a message on Instagram. It was an old friend from his school days. She said some people were looking for him and wanted to talk. Reed, then 35, had recently been released from federal prison, after years of bouncing in and out of the criminal justice system. “Is this the police?” he...

Mental Health, Substance Use, and Suicidal Ideation During the COVID-19 Pandemic - United States, June 24-30, 2020 [cdc.gov]

By Mark É. Czeisler, Rashon I. Lane, Emiko Petrosky, et al., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, August 14, 2020 What is already known about this topic? Communities have faced mental health challenges related to COVID-19–associated morbidity, mortality, and mitigation activities. What is added by this report? During June 24–30, 2020, U.S. adults reported considerably elevated adverse mental health conditions associated with COVID-19. Younger adults, racial/ethnic minorities,...

A Better Normal- Education Upended- Creating a Culture of Wellness and Connection with Special Guests from the Meaning Makers Collective

I am SO excited for our next episode, and you should be too! Join us Thursday 8/20 as we welcome our speical guests Judee Fernandez and Michelle Kurta from the Meaning Makers Collective . We will discuss what it takes to create cultures of care and connection in our schools, how to develop a system that supports collective care for staff and prioritizes the wellbeing of adults in school settings. It is gonna be great! Weekly themes include: How do we create physical and psychological safety,...

Kendall Evans: A Transition (August 8th, 2020), A Tribute

My dear friend Kendall Evans lived the later part of her life as an openly transwoman. One of Kendall’s favorite stories was about when she decided to present herself as a woman to the men in domestic violence intervention groups she facilitated. On that day, Kendall put on one of her favorite dresses. It covered the fact she felt apprehensive, anxious, and afraid, yet she generated the courage it took to walk into a room full of men. As she stood before these men, in a sense naked and...

Back-to-School in a Pandemic? Questions, Concerns, and Discussion with School Nurse, Robin Cogan

Robin is a brilliant, passionate, and vocal school nurse with almost two decades of experience as a New Jersey school nurse in the Camden City School District. She is the Legislative Co-Chair for the New Jersey State School Nurses Association and she joined us last week for A Better Normal community discussion about back-to-school (or not) plans families are facing this school year. Robin serves as faculty in the School Nurse Certificate Program at Rutgers University-Camden School of Nursing...

Recording available for Health and Wellness Town Hall: How ACEs Impact Black, Brown, Indigenous, and other Communities of Color

If you missed The League of Extraordinary People's first Town Hall, or would like to watch it again, it is available here ! Health and Wellness Town Hall: Adverse Childhood Experiences 101 Class How ACEs Impact the Black, Brown, Indigenous, and other Communities of Color This event will be led by Alfred White. Alfred is the founder of The League of Extraordinary People. After nearly 40 years experiencing homelessness, Alfred swallowed a 1/4 ounce of crack cocaine in 2004 and nearly died. He...

A Shadow ACE in Christian Babycare

As a former La Leche League Leader I became familiar with the teachings of Gary Ezzo (“Raising Kids God’s Way,” "On Becoming Babywise") in the early 1990’s. Leaders in my area began getting a lot of phone calls on our warm line that followed the same basic story: a baby not thriving and a case of very low milk supply despite the Mom’s exclusive breastfeeding and a strong desire to breastfeed. It gradually emerged that a local church had begun promoting a rigid rules-based practice of baby...

Choose Love Movement Introduces Free SEL Wellness Program for School Reopening

The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement ™ launched a free social-emotional wellness program to support educators and students as they navigate the start of the 2020/21 school year. This special reentry unit, “Choosing Love in Our Brave New World,” is designed to help transition students back to class or to support them during distance learning. The Choose Love Movement honors six-year-old Jesse Lewis who was killed in the Sandy Hook, CT elementary school tragedy. “Choosing Love in Our Brave New...

Many Americans Are Convinced Crime Is Rising In The U.S. They're Wrong. [fivethirtyeight.com]

By Maggie Koerth and Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux, FiveThirtyEight, August 3, 2020 Will you get robbed this year? How would you rate your chances? Over 10 years, from 1994 to 2004, the national Survey of Economic Expectations asked respondents to do just that. People estimated their risks for a whole host of bad-news life events — robbery, burglary, job loss and losing their health insurance. But the survey didn’t just ask respondents to rate their chances: It also asked whether those things had...

Wyden embeds CAHOOTS DNA into Medicaid legislation [registerguard.com]

By Jordyn Brown, The Register-Guard, August 5, 2020 Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden introduced a new national bill Wednesday that would emphasize a health care response, instead of law enforcement, to mental health and substance abuse calls. The mental health care and public safety proposal the Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets (CAHOOTS) Act is being put forth by Wyden and Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto. It’s modeled and named after Eugene’s decades-long program and would provide...

'An Arm and a Leg': Financial Self-Defense School Is Now in Session [khn.org]

By Dan Weissmann, Kaiser Health News, August 10, 2020 When you need medical care, it can be a lot like entering a casino — playing for your financial life with the deck stacked against you. But in this episode, reporter Celia Llopis-Jepsen offers insight and tips no dealer will divulge. She got a health care executive to talk honestly — maybe more honestly than he realized — about how his company and others are playing the game when they send patients huge bills. When she investigated one...

SCOOP: Hospitals Bankroll The Democrat Who Lets Them Send Patients Surprise Bills [sirota.substack.com]

By Donald Shaw, Too Much Information, August 12, 2020 One of the most powerful health care industry lobbying groups has poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into the campaign to reelect Democratic Rep. Richard Neal as he blocks legislation to crack down on “surprise medical bills” and thwarts the push for Medicare for All. The American Hospital Association’s (AHA) political action committee has spent more than $200,000 on digital ads to boost Neal’s reelection campaign as he faces a...

SAVE THE DATE - AUGUST WEBINAR "Regulating the Stress Response for Kids: Practical Tips for Primary Care Providers" [acesaware.org]

SAVE THE DATE - AUGUST WEBINAR "Regulating the Stress Response for Kids: Practical Tips for Primary Care Providers" Wednesday, August 26, 2020 Noon – 1 p.m. Register for the Webinar This webinar will offer practical tips and examples on how providers can incorporate stress regulation strategies into their treatment planning for pediatric patients. Presenters will: Share definitions, research, and the clinical response to address toxic stress through stress regulation strategies. Review the...

Back To School: KPJR Showcase Global Virtual Premiere [kpjrfilms.co.]

BACK TO SCHOOL: ANNOUNCING THE GLOBAL VIRTUAL PREMIERE OF THE KPJR SHOWCASE RESILIENCE + PAPER TIGERS + THE BIG PICTURE: RETHINKING DYSLEXIA KPJR FILMS will produce a global virtual screening of the award-winning films Resilience , Paper Tigers , and The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia in collaboration with the UK-based International Festival of Learning between Tuesday, August 25 and Friday, August 28th, 2020. The International Festival of Learning is a movement of educators, schools,...

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