The Relentless School Nurse: "We Do This Work Because it's Personal" - Dr. Nadine Burke-Harris

 

 

"Change moves at the speed of trust, and trust moves at the speed of relationships." - Dr.William Dietz

It is ALWAYS about relationships, always and forever. That has never been clearer to me than this moment, as I sit at the San Francisco International Airport waiting for my flight to depart back home to Philly. I really don't want to go home and break out of the incredibly loving, supportive and trauma-responsive bubble that I have been in the last 48 hours at the 2018 ACEs Conference.

I will be stepping back into a world that does not yet view relationships through a trauma-informed lens.  I will be returning to a school system that is struggling under the weight of decades of functioning in an adverse community environment. School and community violence leave me feeling that I am often on high-alert. I struggle to help families who have known extreme adversity to arrive in a country that appears no longer welcoming. Our streets are now paved with barriers and obstacles rather than an opportunity for a better life. This makes all of our work that much more challenging, but even more important.

But I have had these 48 hours to rejuvenate, reaffirm the mission, and connect with like-minded people who care about the work of changing the world as passionately as I do. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to share my family's story of adversity, of generational trauma because of mass shootings. I appreciate connecting Twitter handles to real live people who embraced me and made me feel that my voice matters. Thank you to the folks at the Center for Youth Wellness and the team at ACEs Connection for envisioning a conference that held space for deep conversations that generated commitment to action from across the world.

I am thankful to the incredible team I met from New Jersey, who spend their life's work creating mentoring opportunities for young people through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson, and Union Counties.  You learn there is nothing random in this world when you pick a seat at a table in a conference of 850 people and find yourself sitting next to folks from your home state who share a vision of spreading this work. In the blink of an eye, we had co-created a public screening of an ACEs inspired documentary (details to be announced in an upcoming blog post)!

There is nothing like the magic of instant intimacy because you are surrounded by people who want to work together to end childhood trauma and create a better future for the coming generations.  Reducing harm, working towards moving the needle to end childhood trauma also means addressing structural inequities, racial disparity and the social determinants of death, because that is what they are, that perpetuate cycles of adversity. These are the conversations that were shared throughout the conference. Marginalized people were given opportunities to speak, to dance, to sing, to perform spoken word poetry, to pave a new pathway of resilience because their stories were heard and acknowledged.

Tears, hugs, laughter, snapping, clapping and cheers filled a ballroom of eager pioneers in the work of #ACEs. I am beyond humbled to be one of them. Our voices matter, our words count and our actions will change health outcomes for generations to come.

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Angela Glore posted:

I love your posts (and your blog name) and I'm sorry I didn't get to meet you at the conference! It was awesome.

 

Hi Angela, Thank you so much! The conference was incredible, I hope our paths continue to cross!

Karen Clemmer (ACEs Connection Staff) posted:

Robin, You're the best! Your words eloquently describe the richness of relationships and of the growing hope for health and healing! I am so grateful to have met you in person.  And, I am excited to hear more about your new connections and what the future holds from those relationships!  

"There is nothing like the magic of instant intimacy because you are surrounded by people who want to work together to end childhood trauma and create a better future for the coming generations."   

What a pleasure to meet you too Karen! I felt so connected to you and your wonderful team. I know that our paths will continue to cross in this work and there is a lot to do!

Robin, You're the best! Your words eloquently describe the richness of relationships and of the growing hope for health and healing! I am so grateful to have met you in person.  And, I am excited to hear more about your new connections and what the future holds from those relationships!  

"There is nothing like the magic of instant intimacy because you are surrounded by people who want to work together to end childhood trauma and create a better future for the coming generations."   

Cissy White (ACEs Connection Staff) posted:

Robin:

I loved meeting you in person and sharing time! And I love your writing! Can't wait to debrief, brainstorm, and do more together. You are as engaging, kind, warm, and as lovely in person as online. Heard great feedback about your panel!
Thank you! 

 
Cis

Cissy, You are a sparkling gem and I am beyond thrilled to have met you live and in person! So excited and ready to work with you on ANY project at ANY time! 

Gail Kennedy (ACEs Connection Staff) posted:

Wonderful eloquent summary Robin. So grateful to have met you and been able to give you a big hug! You inspire me and give me joy. Thank you!

Thank you Gail, what a pleasure to meet you in person! I am returning home feeling grounded in knowing that I have found my tribe. I know that our paths will continue to cross online and in-person. 

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