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Trauma-Informed Practices in Limbo as Resilience Network of the Gorge Seeks Funding

As project director of the Resilience Network of the Gorge , Claire Ranit believed her work meant approaching community partners with a continual invitation. They responded with an emphatic yes. Since 2016, when Ranit became director of the network, public and private agencies across the region have adopted or stepped up their trauma-informed practices: The North Central Public Health District created a “swellness” team, attended trauma and resilience summits organized by Ranit and began...

Greenville County, S.C.: Progress, and a Healthy Push 'For All People' [rwjf.org]

By Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, November 13, 2019 On any given day in Greenville County, S.C., the 22-mile Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail thrums with the sound of spinning bicycle wheels. Starting at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the 10-year-old greenway brings cyclists, walkers and runners all the way to the heart of the city and the cascading waters of Falls Park on the Reedy River. Along the way are markers of progress and rapid change. New riverside hotels. Luxury lofts in...

For California Firefighters, How 'Mindfulness' Can Ease the Deadly Stress of Their Jobs [sacbee.com]

By Cathie Anderson, The Sacramento Bee, November 12, 2019 About three and a half years ago, paramedic Susan Farren underwent major surgery for kidney cancer, and as she lay in the recovery room, one of her doctors told her that he had treated quite a few first responders with organ cancers. The comment stuck with her. “I went home and started researching it after getting out of the hospital,” Farren said, “and for the next year and a half, that’s what I did every single day. I researched...

How Communities Can Build Psychological Resilience to Disaster [citylab.com]

By Nicole Wetsman, CityLab, November 7, 2019 The Red River runs north, up along the border between North Dakota and Minnesota, before spilling into Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada. Its water flows slowly through a 10,000-year-old glacial lakebed, in one of the flattest stretches of land in the United States, and because it points north, it’s sometimes blocked by ice jams—all of which makes the river prone to flooding. In March 2009, one such flood threatened the city of Fargo. Residents...

Dr. Melissa Merrick Explains CDC's Vital Signs/ACEs Report [Prevent Child Abuse America]

Dr. Melissa Merrick, president & CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America, provides four key takeaways from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest Vital Signs/ACEs report , of which she is the lead author. Merrick also identifies several practical solutions for creating the conditions for safe, stable and nurturing relationships and environments for all children, families and communities, which are fundamental to preventing ACEs. Among these solutions is strengthening economic...

Keynote Speaker Announcement: California Surgeon General Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH, FAAP

Join California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, Sir Ken Robinson, Julie-Lythcott Haims, Dr. Elisha Smith Arrillaga, Dr. Steven C. Hayes, and Dr. Stephen Sroka , along with over 1,200 educators and administrators, school district leadership, and school-based mental health service providers for the 2020 California Student Mental Wellness Conference held at the Anaheim Convention Center. Hear from the world's leading voices in student mental wellness, with presenters from across the...

A Community Approach to Systems Change: A Compendium of Practices, Reflections, and Findings [buildhealthchallenge.app.box.com]

By Equal Measure, Spark Policy Institute, and Michigan Public Health Institute, November 12, 2019 This Compendium shares with the field what we have learned about community-level progress from four years of implementing, testing, and observing the BUILD principles in action in communities across the US. It is critical reading for practitioners and leaders looking to move resources, attention, and action upstream—to make meaningful change in the complex systems that affect health in our...

Modern-Day Slavery From Incarceration to Forced Adoption [sfbayview.com]

By Michelle Chan, San Francisco Bay View, November 11, 2019 Every aspect of modern incarceration has been meticulously engineered to threaten and shatter all sense of self-worth and to drain the mind and soul of all vigor and clarity: every filthy toilet, every rotten apple, every oven-hot cell, every act of control, coercion, violence, isolation. Prison is punishment. Prison is racism. Prison is vengeance. Prison is the criminalization of poverty, the institutional oppression and...

Connect the dots between cancer and community violence

Governor Cuomo’s cancer research initiative missed violence in research area. Here's an article that demonstrates that. BUFFALO NEW 11/13/2019 Schiller Park neighborhood experiences the most gun violence over last nine years By Aaron Besecker NEWS STAFF REPORTER Kareem Allen knows what it’s like to live in a part of Buffalo where gun violence is commonplace. Allen owns a business in a section of the city – a slice of the Schiller Park neighborhood near the Cheektowaga border – that’s had...

Mental Health In The Workplace

Mental health disorders and stress is something that affects countless working Americans each year. In fact, nearly one in five U.S. adults 18 or older reported some type of mental illness in 2016. Also, over 70 percent of adults reported at least one symptom of stress according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention . Unfortunately, when people deal with mental health issues at work, it can affect business and lead to problems with job performance. Poor mental health and stress...

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National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children: Building a Coordinated Response

The National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children training was presented as part of the Drug Endangered Children’s Initiative, a collaboration between the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office, Plymouth County Outreach and the United Way of Greater Plymouth County’s Family Center which is funded by a federal grant from the Office for Victims of Crime.

The Dangerous Misconceptions of Psychological Trauma - And Three Ways to Cope With It [telegraph.co.uk]

By James Gordon, The Telegraph, November 10, 2019 There are two common and dangerous misconceptions about psychological trauma. The first is that trauma (the word is Greek and means “injury”) comes only to some of us: combatants or civilians in a war, victims of natural disasters, survivors of rape and incest, children who’ve grown up in the most callous and sordid families. The second is that trauma is an unmitigated disaster, causing permanent emotional crippling, requiring never-ending...

Parenting With ACEs: How You Can Support Your Toddler [sfbayview.com]

By Diana Hembree, San Francisco Bay View, November 11, 2019 “My 2-year-old keeps falling down when he tries to walk.” “My son is almost 24 months old, but all he can say is ‘mama’ and dada.’” “She just turned 2, and she still can’t follow the simplest instructions.” When your toddler misses a developmental milestone, like taking her first steps by age 2, it’s natural to fret. After all, in very rare cases, such delays may be a sign of an underlying condition. But a recent study suggests that...

A Quarter Century On, Schools in California Now a Welcoming Place for Undocumented Students [edsource.org]

By Louis Freedberg, EdSource, November 8, 2019 Exactly a quarter of a century ago, on Nov. 8, 1994, Californians went to the polls to vote on Proposition 187, an initiative to expel undocumented students from its public schools and universities. That was despite a Supreme Court ruling a dozen years earlier that schools were required to educate all students regardless of their immigration status. Among its many provisions was that schools officials would have had to identify all undocumented...

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