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January 2021

Visionary Freedom Fund [affund.org]

From Andrus Family Fund, January 2021 This political moment calls for imagination and vision beyond reforms from the status quo. Young people are being politicized and tapping into a new imagination— from living through trauma caused by the carceral state to reading books, joining organizations and attending and organizing protests and community events. The Visionary Freedom Fund seeks projects or organizations that are building power, developing or cultivating new visions, ideas or...

With painstaking effort, Black doctor's group takes aim at COVID-19 hesitancy [statnews.com]

By Eric Boodman, STAT, January 22, 2021 In September, after the Food and Drug Administration authorized certain Covid-19 treatments seemingly based more on presidential puffery than on clinical data, some physicians decided to take matters into their own hands. Specifically, the National Medical Association, a professional society of African American doctors, formed its own in-house FDA to vet the data when the official one seemed not to be . At first, the task force was framed as a stand-in...

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris could transform American childhood [theconversation.com]

By Julie C. Garlen and Neil Ramjewan, The Conversation, January 2021 Inauguration Day approaches in the United States after a bitterly divisive election and the unprecedented events surrounding the confirmation of Joe Biden’s electoral college victory . The world is waiting to see what changes a Joe Biden/Kamala Harris administration might bring to the beleaguered nation. Many believe that the president-elect bears the responsibility for the future of American democracy , while others assert...

Childhood Inequities, Neglect, Abuse Hidden in Pandemic [flagstaffbusinessnews.com]

By Flagstaff Business News, January 6, 2021 Virginia Watahomigie is worried about our families. As the executive director for the Coconino Coalition for Children and Youth (CCC&Y), she knows that isolation, depression and anxiety – all conditions mental health experts say have been made worse by the pandemic – are increasingly having a negative effect on children in Arizona, particularly in rural areas where resources are less available than in larger cities and distances to travel for...

Surge of Student Suicides Pushes Las Vegas Schools to Reopen [nytimes.com]

By Erica L. Green, The New York Times, January 24, 2021 *This article contains information that may be sensitive to some groups. The reminders of pandemic-driven suffering among students in Clark County, Nev., have come in droves. Since schools shut their doors in March, an early-warning system that monitors students’ mental health episodes has sent more than 3,100 alerts to district officials, raising alarms about suicidal thoughts, possible self-harm or cries for care. By December, 18...

'We will go after aggressors': France to tighten incest laws, vows Macron [theguardian.com]

By Reuters, The Guardian, January 23, 2021 France will tighten its laws on incest, the president, Emmanuel Macron, said in a series of tweets on Saturday, after the publication of a book accusing a top French political commentator of abusing his stepson sparked outrage across the country. Macron said on his Twitter account that France needed to adapt its laws to better protect children from sexual violence and that he had asked the justice minister to chair a consultation aimed at quickly...

The Surviving Spirit Newsletter January 2021

Healing the Heart Through the Creative Arts, Education & Advocacy Hope, Healing & Help for Trauma, Abuse & Mental Health “ Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars”. Kahlil Gibran The Surviving Spirit Newsletter January 2021 “ May 2021 bring everyone Joy - Peace - Hope - Love - Good Health - Renewed Faith - Inclusiveness - Empathy - Understanding - Kindness - Acceptance - in a Safer World. May we spend more time &...

The value of ACEs Connection? It has increased our capacity, allowed me to be global, and given me the confidence to continue the work.

Hi. I’m Audravette Jackson , the Hampton Rhodes Trauma Informed Community Network Program Coordinator. I am excited to share why ACEs Connection is a valuable website for other program coordinators and community managers like myself. First, the ACEs Connection website has allowed us to increase our capacity by including another web presence online, as well [learning] the governance structure of the growing resilience communities that we follow for Hampton Rhodes Trauma Informed Community...

Creating Compelling Messaging with ACEs Data Webinar Recording Available

On January 20, 2021 the California Department of Public Health, Injury and Violence Prevention Branch (CDPH/IVPB) and the C alifornia Department of Social Services, Office of Child Abuse Prevention (CDSS/OCAP)’s , Essentials for Childhood (EfC) Initiative hosted a webinar entitled, “Creating Compelling Messaging with ACEs Data”. This webinar featured presentations from Shaddai Martinez Cuestas, MPH, Strategic Communications Specialist at Berkeley Media Studies Group ; Donielle Prince, Ph.D,...

'The Separate and Unequal Health System' Highlighted By COVID-19 [npr.org]

By Leila Fadel, National Public Radio, January 21, 2021 On a recent Friday afternoon, the critical care charge nurse at a South Los Angeles hospital tries to send another nurse off to grab lunch. Maria Arechiga is interrupted by the beeping of an alarm, the vitals of a patient declining, organs failing. She dons a surgical gown and unzips a plastic tarp that hangs from the doorway of a hospital room — a makeshift isolation room on this floor temporarily transformed into a larger intensive...

The mentoring circle: Supportive relationships across generations [ctmirror.org]

By Josiah H. Brown, The CT Mirror, January 17, 2021 January is Mentoring Month , January 17 International Mentoring Day — with the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday a day of service. (January is also Human Trafficking Awareness Month , underscoring one risk of a lack of positive mentoring and other adult presences in a young person’s life.) Supportive, cross-generational relationships help young people to develop socially/emotionally and academically—as well as adults to grow professionally and...

Peer-to-Peer-Provider Compassion: Coming to Terms with One’s Own Adversity⁠

One of the ways we are expanding awareness of the ACEs Aware initiative is by hosting Facilitated Peer-to-Peer sessions for Medi-Cal and other providers in Orange County. ⁠ ⁠ These two-hour sessions are perfect for practitioners who want to learn more about action planning and strategic change in trauma-informed care and the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on individuals and communities.⁠ ⁠ Join us on Wednesday 2.03.21. ⁠ ⁠ Topic: Provider Compassion: Coming to Terms with...

Network-of-Care: Building a Roadmap Towards Resilience⁠

One of the ways we are expanding awareness of the ACEs Aware initiative is by hosting Facilitated Network-of-Care sessions for Medi-Cal and other providers in Orange County. ⁠ ⁠ These two hour sessions are perfect for practitioners who want to learn more about action planning and strategic change in trauma-informed care and the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on individuals and communities.⁠ ⁠ Join us at one of the upcoming events on: Tuesday 01.26.2021 - 10-12 pm PST Tuesday...

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