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Reviving the family dinner [sfbayview.com]

By Diana Hembree, San Francisco Bay View, June 17, 2019. Having trouble getting the family together for dinner? You’re not alone. Research shows that family dinners have declined by 30 percent over the past 20 years. Kids who have experienced childhood trauma are already at higher risk of obesity and unhealthy eating, so this decline is especially troubling. “Dinner is a time to relax, recharge, laugh, tell stories and catch up on the day’s ups and downs, while developing a sense of who you...

Presidential Candidate Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) talks education reform, root cause, ACEs Science (The Daily Show 6/13/19)

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) with Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show The Daily Show 6/13/19 Rep. Tim Ryan, whose wife is a first grade teacher, shares his thoughts on education reform and why the first thing the U.S. education system needs to do is “deal with kids’ trauma.” Starting at about 6:34 in this clip, Rep. Ryan discusses the need for “a trauma curriculum” because "most of the kids who come in are in some kind of trauma. They have adverse childhood experiences that we never deal with. I...

A Staffer’s Take On The Intersection Of Race, Trauma, And The Summit

Voices for Virginia’s Children held The Virginia Summit on Childhood Trauma and Resilience on April 25, 2019. The Summit featured an array of workshops, including The Intersection of Racial Inequity and Trauma led by The Southside Trauma-Informed Community Network . The presenters identified and discussed the challenges of racial inequities and how trauma may later present within people of color. The supporting organization of the Southside Trauma-Informed Community Network, the Crater...

2019 State Trends in Child Well-Being [aecf.org]

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The 30th edition of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT® Data Book begins by exploring how America’s child population — and the American childhood experience — has changed since 1990. And there’s some good news to share: Of the 16 areas of child well-being tracked across four domains — health, education, family and community and economic well-being — 11 have improved since the Foundation published its first Data Book 30 editions ago. The rest of the...

Few doctors talk to patients about guns; experts say they want that to change [vcstar.com]

By Cheri Carlson, VC Star, June 15, 2019. Doctors and other health care providers often feel that they have a role in preventing firearm injury. But few talk to their patients about the risks. That’s what a group of physicians and researchers say prompted them to try to help. This month, a clinical guide to recognize patients' risk of firearm injury was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine’s “In the Clinic” series. Its authors came from the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research...

90 Percent Of Kids In LA County’s Juvenile Halls Have “Open Mental Health Cases.” Supes Call Urgently For Rehabilitative Plan—For Youth & Adults [witnessla.com]

By Taylor Walker, Witness LA, June 15, 2019. At Los Angeles County’s Central Juvenile Hall, the largest of the county’s three juvenile halls, 93 percent of its youth residents have open mental health cases. At Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall in Sylmar, CA, the percentage of kids with open mental health cases is at 96 percent, according to the most recent report submitted to the board of LA County Supervisors in late April by Jonathan Sharin, MD, the head of the county’s Department of Mental...

You Probably Don’t Trust the Government. This Lab Plans to Fix That. [nationswell.com]

By Monica Humphries, Nation Swell, June 6, 2019. America has a serious problem — a lack of trust in our elected leaders. According to the Pew Research Center , less than half of the people in this country feel the current political system is effective at upholding their rights. Only 17 percent of Americans across party lines said they trust their government to do what’s right — compared to 75 percent in 1958. These numbers are nearing a historic low. In response to this crisis of faith, New...

Why Are Zoning Laws Defining What Constitutes a Family? [citylab.com]

By Kate Redburn, CityLab, June 17, 2019. Laura Rozza and Simon DeSantis were overjoyed to discover that the mansion on Scarborough Street was within their price range. The ten-bedroom, five-bathroom home in Hartford, Connecticut, could be theirs for $453,000, and would have plenty of room for their family. In July of 2012 they purchased the property but just a few weeks after moving in, they received a cease-and-desist letter from the city of Hartford ordering them to leave, as first covered...

After 5-year journey to integrate ACEs science, Santa Rosa, CA, pediatric clinic is trauma-informed, from head to toe

Dr. Meredith Kieschnick was among the first physicians in the U.S. to hear the term, "adverse childhood experiences". That was in 1998, early on in her career as a pediatrician, when the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE Study) published its initial findings in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine . “I attended a conference at which (Dr. Vincent) Felitti spoke,” she recalls. Felitti, at that time director of the Health Appraisal Center at Kaiser Permanente...

Gavin Newsom apologizes on California’s behalf to native tribes for slaughter of ancestors (sacbee.com)

Gov. Gavin Newsom will formally apologize to California Native Americans through an executive order Tuesday for the state’s “dark history” of violence against indigenous people. “California Native American peoples suffered violence, discrimination and exploitation sanctioned by state government throughout its history,” Newsom said in a written statement. “We can never undo the wrongs inflicted on the peoples who have lived on this land that we now call California since time immemorial, but...

Four New Communities Join ACEs Connection: June 2019

Please welcome these 4 new initiatives from FL, MA and NC to ACEs Connection . They are as follows: Broward County (FL) ACEs Connection Building a Resilience Community in the Franklin County/North Quabbin Region (MA) Stokes County (NC) ACEs Connection Surry County (NC) ACEs Connection Please find more information about each new community below. As a member, you are welcome to join any of our communities. Please reach out to the community contacts with any questions you might have. Broward...

As Newsom rethinks juvenile justice, California reconsiders prison for kids [calmatters.org]

By Charlotte West, CALmatters, June 13, 2019. As for most high school students, commencement day was big for Osvaldo Moreno. “This is a proud moment for me,” he beamed on a recent June weekend, and not just because he was the first to finish school among six—soon-to-be seven—children in his family. Though it’s not on the parchment, Moreno, 21, earned his Johanna Boss High School diploma over the past two years at a state prison for juveniles in Stockton. And as one of fewer than 800...

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