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January 2021

Complimentary session of Data on Purpose 2021: “How not to use data like a racist: A seven step framework for equity in data" [ssir.org]

From Stanford Social Innovation Review, January 28, 2021 Very few people build data products because they want to promote racist or sexist ideas; however, it’s very easy to fall into these traps, particularly when we fail to question the widely held belief in the “objectivity of evidence.” A working understanding of how to incorporate equity into data products, and knowledge of practical tools that embed equity in your research and data, is essential for anyone conducting data analysis, or...

Relieve Pandemic Tension in Your Mind, Body with Yoga and Meditation

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a shock to the system for many -- for individuals, for countries, for economies on a huge scale. As a survivor, you know we will get through this . The only way out is through. But the stress the pandemic has visited on your body has not been kind. Meditation and activities that promote mindfulness (like yoga) can help stem some of this stress and relieve the tension the pandemic has left behind in your bones. If you’re ready to move toward healing and more...

Does Childhood Trauma Affect Our Relationship With God?

As I share with you some of the multiple authors’ insights from the journal article, I would like you to think about what you know about physical and emotional abuse and neglect. Then think about how human relationships, especially with a father or father-figure, are affected and see if you agree with the authors’ conclusions when it comes to a person’s worship of, relationship with, or picture of God.

Thoughts to Share

Thoughts to share - “Our fingerprints don't fade from the lives we touch.” - Judy Blume “You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe “Our brains developed along with music and singing as a survival mechanism.” - Tania De Jong

Resilient Georgia Newsletter: Tenth Edition | A Preventative Approach: Mental Health is the Next Pandemic

Aligning Resources Across Georgia To Support Resiliency To Our Resilient Georgia Partners and Stakeholders: We hope you are all managing to remain safe, well, and resilient as we usher in a new year and resume the school year. Resilient Georgia continues to be here to support you and share as many helpful resources as possible. In this edition of the newsletter, we are maintaining our focus on taking a preventative approach to addressing the impact of the global pandemic on mental health. We...

Funding VA Trauma-Informed Community Networks through FACT

According to our KIDS COUNT Data Center 20 percent of children in Virginia have experienced two or more ACEs . ACEs can shape the course of children’s health and development over a lifetime. While 20 percent of Virginia’s children experience 2 or more ACEs, Black children experience almost double that rate . Racial trauma is the ongoing result of racism, racist bias, and exposure to racist abuse. Virginia’s 27+ Trauma-Informed Community Networks (TICNs) recognize, respond, and work to...

The Healing Place Podcast: Dr. Jannine Krause - Naturopathic Medicine and Acupuncture Benefits

Dr. Jannine Krause is a naturopathic doctor, acupuncturist & podcaster who specializes in helping ladies simplify their health, fitness, nutrition & stress management routines so they can enjoy their life to the fullest. She loves educating on how stress interferes with the ability to be consistent with health & fitness routines, cope with trauma, manage pain & move forward in life.

Summer Peacebuilding Institute 2021 - NEW May and June courses online - APPLY NOW!

Due to the continuing unknowns of the COVID-19 pandemic and the difficulties of the vaccine rollout, the May and June courses for the 2021 Summer Peacebuilding Institute will be online. We will again have incredible courses (see below or click here ) and continue to have guest speakers and coffee breaks. We look forward to your involvement. Scholarships, Fellowships and Organizational Discounts: We understand that financial difficulties may be extra challenging, especially during the ongoing...

Differences in adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and quality of physical and mental health between transgender and cisgender sexual minorities [adaa.org]

By Phillip W. Schnarrs, Amy L. Stone , Robert Salcido Jr. , Aleta Baldwin , Charles B. Nemeroff, in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, 2019 Abstract Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) have been shown to increase risk for negative health outcomes. Recent work has shown that lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals, on average, have higher ACEs scores compared to heterosexual individuals. However, past ACEs research involving LGB people did not assess the influence of experiencing...

Celebrating amazing numbers; making our final request for ACEs Changemakers!

ACEs Connection staff members join me in thanking you for being a member of ACEs Connection, and for your support. Staff members on our most recent call included (top row, l-r) Laurie Udesky, Carey Sipp, Gail Kennedy, Donielle Prince (second row, l-r) Karen Clemmer, Ingrid Cockhren, Rafael Maravilla, Jenna Quin, Jane Stevens, Elizabeth Prewitt, Alison Cebulla, Marianne Avari, Natalie Audage, Samantha Sangenito We so appreciate your being a member of ACEs Connection, which is a gift in and of...

Organization Sign-On: Declare Racism as a Public Health Crisis in VA

Update : Passed by the House and now headed to the Senate next. Delegate Lashrecse Aird has introduced House Joint Resolution No. 537, a resolution to declare racism as a public health crisis in Virginia. The American Public Health Association defines racism as a social system with multiple complex dimensions, including internalized or interpersonal individual racism and institutional or structural systemic racism, which unfairly disadvantages some individuals and communities, and unfairly...

Advocate to Declare Racism As A Public Health Crisis in Virginia

Update : Passed by the House and now headed to the Senate next. Delegate Lashrecse Aird has introduced House Joint Resolution No. 537, a resolution to declare racism as a public health crisis in Virginia. The American Public Health Association defines racism as a social system with multiple complex dimensions, including internalized or interpersonal individual racism and institutional or structural systemic racism, which unfairly disadvantages some individuals and communities, and unfairly...

Could California’s Shopping Centers Be a Housing Fix? [bloomberg.com]

By Patrick Sisson, January 19, 2021 for Bloomberg El Camino Real is a 600-mile historic thoroughfare that once linked Spanish missions in California, running from San Francisco to San Diego. Between Daly City and San Jose, the road is a nearly 45-mile corridor of suburban offices, fast-food outlets, auto parts stores, and other businesses slicing through Silicon Valley, tying together some of the nation’s priciest residential neighborhoods. Like so many other shopping-center laden strips of...

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