January 2019

Four or more?!

I remember the first time I filled out the ACEs questionnaire. I was horrified to discover that I was in the “four or more” category, with all kinds of negative health and mental health outcomes on my horizon.

Trauma and Resiliency Informed Systems Change in Los Angeles County

First 5 LA and its partners are calling for a commitment within organizations and systems to help individuals, families and communities heal from trauma, strengthen their resiliency, and become trauma and resiliency informed. This work began in 2016 with a kick-off event to hear about promising practices underway in other counties and progressed to a workgroup of foundations, community-based organizations and Los Angeles County Departments that convened for nearly a year to provide...

Taking Complex Care on the Road Using Community Paramedics

After many years as a paramedic, Brian Randall often wondered: “What happened to that patient?” After rushing to the scene of an emergency, saving a patient’s life, and then transporting them to the hospital — he would never see them again. As an outgoing and curious individual, these encounters left Randall eager to know the underlying causes of the health crises he witnessed, and what interventions might truly influence a patient to change the habits influencing their health. READ THE FULL...

California Looks to Expand Financial Aid Access for Foster Youth [chronicleofsocialchange.org]

A California legislator is looking to amend the state’s college aid program for foster youth so it covers more students and loses fewer of them to academic problems. The Chafee Education and Training Voucher (ETV) is a federal-state match program that provides up to $5,000 per year to current or former foster youth to help with the costs of college. Introduced by State Sen. Jim Beall (D), Senate Bill 150 would shift the way ETV grant payments are distributed and set unique ground rules for...

Expecting Care [texasobserver.org]

W hen Arianna walked into a church basement in Austin to take a free pregnancy test, she thought of it as a lark, a way to kill time during the long, dull days of life as a street kid. About a month before, she had run away from the Austin Oaks mental health facility and was now living with her boyfriend in an alley near the Texas Capitol. The idea of being pregnant was laughable. “It was just laughs and giggles while we were waiting in line,” she said. Afterward, she remembers one of the...

Lawsuits Say Migrant Children Being Used to 'Catch' Other Immigrants [colorlines.com]

At least four federal lawsuits have been filed against the Trump administration alleging an abuse of the system when it comes to minors seeking asylum and their family members. NPR ’s Mary Louise Kelly, co-host of All Things Considered , spoke to NPR ’s southwest national news correspondent, John Burnett, on Wednesday (January 23) about these lawsuits, particularly one filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center that alleges a corrupt alliance between the Office of Refugee Resettlement ( ORR )...

Towards an ACE-Aware, trauma-responsive Ireland

This Law and Justice special podcast was recorded live at the "Towards an ACE-Aware, trauma-responsive Ireland" event at Bewley's Cafe Theatre in Dublin on November 28th, 2018. The event, organised in conjunction with the Irish ACEs and Trauma-informed Forum, was kindly sponsored by Senator Lynn Ruane. It was an open discussion with survivors of childhood trauma. professionals working in the Early Years sector, education, health, addiction, criminal justice and psychotherapy about the...

Attachment Parenting helping to prevent ACEs

The ACE study has demonstrated how impactful adverse childhood experiences are on an individual; impacting mental, emotional and social growth as well as negatively affecting physical health. In recent years professionals have turned their focus to the prevention of ACEs and one thing stands out. We must address the intergenerational transmission of these adverse experiences. But how do we do that? One of the answers lies in our parenting skills. Research has shown that early life...

Two Wrestling Ghosts Screenings in Beacon, NY

If you are in the Hudson Valley, please join us for a screening of Wrestling Ghosts, an inspiring and powerful documentary about parenting, childhood trauma and healing. This movie premiered in LA and NY in the fall to standing ovations and screenings are being organized around the country. Kim and Matt Montleon, the subjects of the documentary, and the director, Ana Joanes, will be there for an hour-long discussion after the movie. Saturday Feb. 23rd @ 5:30pm FB Event and Tickets:...

Good intentions but the right approach? The case of ACEs

There are of course lots of examples of fine work going on around ACEs, but there are also aspects of the ACE movement that make me feel a little uncomfortable. I worry that what is clearly a well-intentioned desire to just do something might not do good and could cause harm. My concerns are absolutely not meant as a criticism of the motivation and altruism underlying the ACEs movement, but as a cautionary nudge to make sure that, in our enthusiasm to do good, we don’t run before we can walk.

Another tool to improve student mental health? Kids talking to kids [hechingerreport.org]

TAOS, N.M. — Standing in front of 240 freshmen and 80 fellow seniors in her school’s gymnasium, a slight 17-year-old with her hair in pigtail braids took a long shuddering breath. Her audience was still. The girl had just revealed that she’d spent most of her middle-school years feeling suicidal, had been hospitalized for her own protection and spent two years in therapy before finally telling her mother the cause of her deep depression and thoughts of self harm: She’d been raped by a man...

New Study Shows Wealth Inequality Hits Communities of Color Hardest [yesmagazine.org]

The story of the growing inequality in the United States has many dimensions. There is the overarching story of the last four decades of polarizing income, wealth, and opportunity. But the many ways these inequalities manifest depend on people’s gender, race, age, immigration status, and other experience. One piece of the story is to understand how 40 years of public policies have worsened the racial wealth divide and enriched the top 1 percent. [For more on this story by Chuck Collins, go...

A Marshall Plan for Trauma [centerforhealthjournalism.org]

HillRag Tuesday, January 22, 2019 Between Academic Success and Failure: Unresolved Trauma, Part 3 “We’re only now becoming facile in the language of trauma,” said DC Attorney General Karl Racine, who is heartened by the District’s progress. “This is an opportunity to throw a Marshall Plan out there.” A $12 billion, post-World War II initiative, the Marshall Plan was designed by the United States to prevent the spread of Communism and to assist European countries in restructuring their...

Top 10 Harm Reduction Names You Should Know [psychologytoday.com]

You wouldn’t let your son or daughter trap themselves in the basement because they’re afraid of the deadly sun, would you? No. You’d probably just tell them to put on some sunscreen and wear a hat. Well, good for you. I’d like to welcome you to the world of harm reduction. Harm reduction typically refers to any non-judgmental, compassionate and shame -free policy, program, or practice that seeks to reduce the harms associated with drug use, compulsive behaviors , potentially dangerous...

One-third of gun injuries in America are treated in non-trauma centers [medicalxpress.com]

Of the roughly 74,000 emergency department visits for gunshot injuries in the United States every year, a third are treated in community hospitals that are not trauma centers, according to new research published today in JAMA Surgery. While public health efforts to better understand gun violence in the United States have increased, until now there has been relatively limited research on non-fatal gun injuries, which far outnumber fatal injuries, and where patients are treated. The recent...

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