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Children will pay long-term stress-related costs of COVID-19 unless we follow the science [statnews.com]

By Nadine Burke Harris, STAT, August 4, 2020 The world is learning more about the uncommon but puzzling ways Covid-19 can show up in kids, keeping worried parents on the lookout for symptoms of the disease. We should also be concerned about how toxic stress brought on by the pandemic, or made worse by it, will affect children’s developing brains and bodies and their future health. In millions of households, kids are experiencing an incredible amount of stress and anxiety. They’ve lost the...

Dealing With Mask-Induced Anxiety

Masks are a necessity right now in high-risk situations. While most people can wear a mask with no problem, many children, teens, and even adults who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic disorder, or sensory processing issues find mask-wearing to be an extremely distressful experience. Of course, everyone understands that the COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the lives of virtually every person in the nation, but as the pressure (and necessity) to wear masks continues to increase, more...

Family Well-being in Grandparent- Versus Parent-Headed Households [pediatrics.aappublications.org]

By Eli Rappaport, Nallammai Muthiah, Sarah A. Keim, and Andrew Adesman, Pediatrics, August 2020 Abstract BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Little is known about the 2% of US children being raised by their grandparents. We sought to characterize and compare grandparent- and parent-headed households with respect to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), child temperament, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and caregiver aggravation and coping. METHODS: Using a combined data set of...

The Costs of Cutting School Spending [educationnext.org]

By C. Kirabo Jackson, Cora Wigger, Heyu Xiong, Education Next, August 2020 State budgets are in trouble due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with tax revenues in freefall and steep increases in spending on unemployment insurance, social-welfare programs, and emergency services. That spells budget trouble for schools, since states contribute about half of all public-school funding nationwide. How might cuts to state education spending affect student achievement? We can learn something about what’s...

Food insecurity amid COVID-19 prompts Native Americans to return to their roots [cronkitenews.azpbs.org]

By Katelyn Reinhart, Cronkite News Arizona PBS, August 3, 2020 From a traditional hogan in a remote area on the Utah-Arizona line, Cynthia Wilson spent much of her spring sourcing drought-resistant seeds, packing them in small manila envelopes and labeling them to ship to families across the Four Corners. Seeds for corn – white, blue and yellow. For squash. For melons. For many of the foods that long sustained her Navajo ancestors, before their land was carved into a reservation and the...

Dozens of Prosecutors and Youth Corrections Officials Call to Close All Youth Prisons [imprintnews.com]

By Michael Fitzgerald, The Imprint, July 30, 2020 In a sign of the nation’s rapid rethinking of the justice system prompted by protests against racism and police brutality, dozens of elected prosecutors, corrections officials and probation chiefs have called for all youth prisons to be shut down. They described the lockups as “ineffective, inefficient and inhumane.” The open statement , posted online and announced at a virtual news conference Thursday, goes beyond pushing for “the closure of...

Chicago’s Bid to Reinvent the Corner Store [bloomberg.com]

By Zach Mortice, Bloomberg CityLab, July 31, 2020 When it’s completed, the corner grocery store at 63rd and Racine will look a lot different than the other carryouts and bodegas dotting this section of Englewood, on Chicago’s South Side. Designed by Wheeler Kearns Architects and developed by local nonprofit Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) , the Go Green Fresh Market will essentially be a miniature supermarket across 3,000 square feet, with heaps of storage and two walk-in fridges.

Clifford Beers REVAMPED - 17th Annual Builders of Hope Breakfast Comes to the BIG Screen! [cliffordbeersclinic.org]

From Clifford Beers, August 2020 Young adults are at a greater risk of drug use today as they are more exposed to drugs and alcohol than prior generations. These youth may feel peer pressure to experiment with substances, which can lead to addiction and possible overdose situations. Clifford Beers recognizes the importance of bringing awareness to the mental health issues that can lend themselves to addiction. Clifford Beers also values the proven benefits of early intervention and education...

Webinar: Improving Health and Equity in America’s Small and Midsize Cities: City Types Provide New Perspective on What Shapes Health (RWJF)

Webinar: Aug 6, 2020 11:00 AM Pacific Tim e click HERE to register. New analysis from City Health Dashboard shows how poverty and racial inequities play an outsized role in the health of people in small and midsize cities—raising questions of how these cities should pursue strategies for reducing racial and economic disparities. For the first time , a new health-focused framework for more than 700 small and midsize U.S. cities provides a way for city leaders and their partners to understand...

This wasn't the first time

Going out to buy groceries, going out for a walk, driving your kid back home from school. For most people these activities are normal, everyday things with little to no excitement, as they should be. Unfortunately, getting food, exercising, and supporting my son’s education have been a little more out of the ordinary for me. You see, I am a Mexican Indigenous man, brown skin, shaved head. My ethnicity and physical appearance are by no means unusual, especially in the part of the country...

Emergency departments look inward to deepen practices that support traumatized patients

An interdisciplinary team of clinicians from Brigham and Women’s Hospital had a bold idea in 2017. They would completely change the way things worked in their hospital’s emergency department so that the care provided to their patients was infused with a trauma-informed approach. That means recognizing how widespread trauma is and using a myriad of techniques to mitigate its harmful effects among patients, providers and staff. The realization of just how widespread trauma is came to light in...

Bill introduced in US House of Representatives to substantially increase "Safe Babies" courts

Rep. Rosa DeLauro speaks to students at John Lyman Elementary School, Middlefield, CT A bipartisan bill ( H.R. 7868 )—Strengthening America’s Families Act (SAFA)— was introduced Friday, July 30 by lead sponsors Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL). The bill provides seed money to states to develop and enhance infant-toddler court teams (ITCTs, aka Safe Babies Court Teams) and authorizes a national resource center to guide state and local programs to develop their...

A Better Normal- Education Upended, continued

Join us this week 8/6 as we continue our discussions around school safety, school return, and imagining a better future for education. Weekly themes include: How do we create physical and psychological safety, especially in the face of so much uncertainty? What strategies can we use to create a culture of collective care? How do we implement peer support structures for youth AND adults? What might the first two weeks of school look like with an emphasis on student and adult well-being? How...

MITIGATING SECONDARY TRAUMA IN THE WORKPLACE-THURSDAY AT 3:30 EDT

Greetings! In addition to viewing CAREgivers Film at www.caregiversfilm.com ( gratis ) through August 8, I would like to invite you to register for a fascinating ZOOM discussion on THURSDAY, AUGUST 6 AT 3:30 P.M. (EDT) on reducing and resolving secondary trauma in the workplace which is being hosted by the Philadelphia ACE Task Force. This session will feature a live interview with Executive Director Frank Cervone and Project Manager Meghan Johnson about the amazing staff resiliency...

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