January 2018

2017: Collaboration: Youth Services and School District Change the Story for At-Risk Youth

There was a time in the Columbia River Gorge when a group of chronically truant high school kids would have been a problem that engendered a flurry of finger-pointing. Oregon’s Wasco County Department of Youth Services would have blamed the school district for failing to educate the students; school district staff, in turn, would have said the kids needed to be in detention. And everyone would have found reasons why these high-risk youth were failing. “There were many excuses for students...

US Debut!

Part of the fun of being deeply immersed in the world of trauma and resilience is that you get to learn about pioneers around the world doing great work. Better still, sometimes you're able to persuade them to bring their work to LA! Kirstie Seaborne is based in the UK, where she supports parents and professionals in "responding to children under pressure." She does this by helping adults rewrite their embodied response to challenging behaviors. Kirstie already had a career in dance and...

(Modified) Strategic Health Philanthropy In Operation: Thirty Years Of Grant Making [healthaffairs.org]

After thirty years in health philanthropy at a small Kansas grantmaker, the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund , I realize that there is still much to learn. That is my principal advice to my colleagues continuing in philanthropy—do all you can to avoid certainty. Self-doubt is a tremendous asset, and far too few have it in our field. There is a strong tendency in philanthropy to believe that the rules you impose, the models you develop, and the forms you use are “right” and immutable. In...

Homeless students, destroyed campuses, ‘invisible injuries’: What California schools learned from recent disasters [edsource.org]

California schools ravaged by fire, floods and mud this year have mostly re-opened and are diving in to a new semester, but district leaders say they’ve learned some crucial lessons about handling natural disasters that all schools could benefit from. “A disaster could happen anywhere at any time in California,” said Steven Herrington, superintendent of the Sonoma County Office of Education, where two public schools were destroyed, nearly a dozen schools were damaged and hundreds of students...

Racial disparities drop in criminal justice system after Prop. 47, study says [sfchronicle.com]

Significant racial disparities between African Americans and white people caught up in San Francisco’s criminal justice system have narrowed in the three-plus years since statewide Proposition 47 reduced some nonviolent felonies to misdemeanors, according to a study released Thursday. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, one of the state’s biggest advocates for the proposition, commissioned the grant-funded report. “I’m pleased we learned that the work we are doing is being done on...

National Conference for Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools Goes International

With less than 20 days before the start of the first National Conference for Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools , organizers from the Attachment & Trauma Network (ATN) announce that attendees from three continents and 38 states will descend on Washington DC Feb 18-20 to explore the latest in best practices on trauma-informed education. “We had no idea that teachers and administrators from nearly every state and so many other countries would join us in DC in mid-winter,” says Julie Beem,...

Researcher Engages With Policymakers and Providers to Help Children Cope With Trauma [today.duke.edu]

A decade of work with children damaged by horrific experiences has shown a Duke researcher that the first step forward is ensuring the child knows that trauma is not destiny. “It’s saying something bad happened to you, not that you’re a bad kid,” says Katie Rosanbalm , research scientist at the Center for Child and Family Policy . For the past 10 years, Rosanbalm has been working with local school systems and child services agencies in North Carolina to better identify and treat children who...

Why Rural America Isn’t a Lost Cause for Progressive Ideas [yesmagazine.org]

For the past seven years, Jess King has directed a business development nonprofit in her hometown of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She watched the community’s poverty rate climb to 30 percent over that time, well above that of the state’s two largest cities, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. She also saw how state and federal policy influenced the very real decisions of real people in her community, often in increasingly negative ways. Fed up, in 2016, she decided to run for Congress in Pennsylvania’s...

Justice Poker [themarshallproject.org]

It’s hard to fathom a life more miserable than the life Renard Marcel Daniel has lived. Born into a world of chaos and violence, sexually abused as a child, laboring through his early teenage years in and out of school with significant intellectual disabilities, Daniel today sits in an Alabama prison for a double-murder he committed in September 2001. Convicted in 2003, he spent more than a decade on the state’s death row until, in 2016, he caught a break. A random draw of federal appeals...

ER Use Goes Down As Hospital Program Pays Homeless People's Rent [npr.org]

For the last two years, the University of Illinois has been trying an unconventional treatment for homeless "super-user" patients at emergency rooms: it finds them a place to live. [To listen to this story by MILES BRYAN or to read the transcript, go to https://www.npr.org/2018/01/30/581778796/er-use-goes-down-as-hospital-program-pays-homeless-peoples-rent ]

Treating the Lifelong Harm of Childhood Trauma [nytimes.com]

Over the past decade, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, the founder of the Center for Youth Wellness, in Bayview Hunters Point, San Francisco, has emerged as one of the country’s strongest voices calling for a national public health campaign to raise awareness and a sense of urgency about the devastating and potentially lifelong health effects of childhood trauma. Since the original research on adverse childhood experiences, known as the ACE Study, was published in 1998, a growing body of evidence...

Worrying About the Rent Is Making People Sick [citylab.com]

There’s been quite a bit of research linking financial insecurity to poor health outcomes. The connection is, on its face, an obvious one, as a depleted checking account can cause stress, which can manifest in our bodies and minds. A new study by researchers at Boston Medical Center furthers that unfortunate connection: It finds housing instability, including chronically late rent payment, can affect the mental and physical health of family members of all ages. “People talk a lot about...

New Poll Shows Most Americans Believe Goal Of Criminal Justice System Should Be Rehabilitation, Not Punishment [witnessla.com]

Eighty-five percent of voters believe that rehabilitation, rather than punishment, should be the goal of the criminal justice system in America, according to a new poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies on behalf of Justice Action Network. Republicans (79%), Independents (83%), and Democrats (92%) agree that the criminal justice system should focus on rehabilitation rather than punishment. Three-fourths of Americans believe that the criminal justice system is in need of significant...

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