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October 2019

Medicaid Expansion Could Prevent Evictions [howhousingmatters.org]

By Heidi L. Allen, Erica Eliason, Naomi Zewede, and Tal Gross, How Housing Matters, October 8, 2019 As of August 2019, 37 states have adopted and implemented a Medicaid expansion that extends Medicaid eligibility to uninsured people whose incomes are at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level. Prior research shows that Medicaid expansion has numerous positive effects on health-related and economic outcomes, among which are reductions in uninsurance rates among people with low...

Help for the Helpers ~ October 10th is World Mental Health Day

October 10th is World Mental Health Day. "Helpers need help, too. You don't have to kill yourself to end the pain. Let us all take good care of ourselves and may we all grow ever stronger in our love." Creative Life Lines ~ Diane Kaufman, MD (poet, artist, child psychiatrist) and Amanda Meador (artist). #worldmentalhealthday #suicideprevention #justlikethistree #helpersneedhelptoo

What Matters Most in Driving Cross-Sector Partnerships for Complex Populations

It is widely recognized that good outcomes for patients with complex care needs are achievable when health care providers work locally and in tandem with community, government, and other partners. Interprofessional, cross-sector, and cross-agency collaboration between organizations that share responsibility for serving a group of individuals living in a community or particular geography is an effective way to stabilize health, decrease unnecessary utilization, improve care delivery, and...

CRACKED UP & Mental Health Awareness Day [educate.tugg.com]

By Tugg Inc., October 10, 2019 October 10th is Mental Health Awareness Day, and in recognition we wanted to highlight our brand new ACEs documentary, CRACKED UP. The film creates an inspiring balance between comedy and tragedy helping us understand the impact of toxic stress and childhood trauma in a new light, breaking down barriers of stigma and replacing shame with compassion and hope. In CRACKED UP we witness the effects adverse childhood experiences can have across a lifetime through...

Claire's Story: Davy draws the mean daddy. Part 90.

By A. Hosack, K. Hecht, & P. Berman, It is so nice to stretch in bed and not have to get up right away! Saturday mornings were more relaxed at home. Davy didn’t set off his alarm. Of course, he still got up early, but he knew that his mommy liked to stay in bed longer. He waited patiently, for at least fifteen minutes, before sneaking into her room, and climbing into bed next to her. Claire pretended to be asleep. She rolled over so that her head lay on his stomach. Then, she reached her...

Author of "Bruised Reeds and Smoldering Wicks" study connects with the Arizona Trauma-Informed Faith Community

I was pleased to be able to connect with my friend and colleague in trauma-informed ministry, Sanghoon Yoo (@thefaithfulcity), a few weeks ago to present insights into how trauma-informed care connects with the heart of the Christian gospel. God is continuing to work through the amazing churches, pastors, ministry leaders, and participants in the Arizona Trauma-Informed Faith Initiative, and it was encouraging to see how many were able to turn out, even on a busy Monday afternoon. We...

Preventing ACEs! New book release!!!

Dr Felitti almost always talks about PREVENTION of ACEs when he speaks!!! It's a BIG WIN-WIN for all of us if we make a greater effort to show how much we care EVERY DAY in the precious formative years of our children. It brought Dr Anda and Dr Felitti to tears when their data verified how common ACEs were in the lives of their patients. I wrote this book because teachers said our children were so different in grade school...they watched over all of their classmates...even in 3rd grade. The...

Introducing: Two new books on the healing of emotional trauma.

Based on a true story, Some Way Home: A Memoir in a Myth is the account of the handling and healing of Dylan, a prototypical foster child. He comes into this world a fairly anonymous character and is soon sent wandering through the government's child protection agencies in search of a home. He lacks a stable family to hold, care, or protect him; so early on, he is subjected to several, significant traumas of abuse and abandonment. He suffers but strives to emotionally survive until his...

Helping Your Child Deal with A Cyberbully

As a parent, I often fear that my child is hiding something from me. The feeling is not without reason. I can feel when my child is distressed, even though he wouldn’t say a thing to me. Call it a “ mommy instinct ,” but a mother can sense when something’s not right. A while ago, I noticed that my son was extremely withdrawn. For hours on end, he would stay in his room. It disturbed me a lot. Later, through his teacher, I found out that a kid was bullying him at school. When I asked my son...

Funding New Research to Prevent Childhood Trauma [about.kaiserpermanente.org]

By Vincent P. Staupe, Kaiser Permanente, October 9, 2019 Kaiser Permanente has committed $2.75 million to new research to help prevent and mitigate the health effects of adverse childhood experiences, known as ACEs. This effort, led by Kaiser Permanente research scientists, is part of our long-term commitment to improving the total health of our members and the communities we serve. ACEs are traumatic childhood events that occur before the age of 18 across multiple categories, including...

Social Connections Boost Resilience Among Elderly After Disaster [hsph.harvard.edu]

By Karen Feldscher, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, October 8, 2019 In 2011, a massive earthquake struck off the coast of eastern Japan in 2011 and triggered devastating tsunami waves. Roughly 16,000 people were killed, more than a million buildings were damaged or destroyed, and hundreds of thousands of people were left homeless. At the time, social epidemiologist Ichiro Kawachi was in the midst of a national study in Japan aimed at finding the factors that could lead to...

New National Initiative on Advancing Integrated Models for People with Complex Needs Announced [chcs.org]

By Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc., October 8, 2019 The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) today announces Advancing Integrated Models (AIM), a national, multi-site demonstration promoting innovative, person-centered strategies to improve care for adults and children with complex health and social needs. Made possible with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and led by CHCS, AIM will assist eight health system and provider organizations in designing and piloting...

Nelba Marquez-Greene on the 'Constant Pressure to Hurry Your Healing' After Tragedy [people.com]

By Michelle Tauber, People, October 9, 2019 Nelba Márquez-Greene is not a gun control activist, or a politician, or a pundit. She’s a grieving mom, and she’s working to support other families devastated by tragedy by helping to guide the public conversation on trauma and its aftermath. “There is a constant pressure to hurry your healing,” says Márquez-Greene, one of PEOPLE’s 2019 Women Changing the World. After her daughter Ana Grace, 6, was killed in the 2012 school shooting at Sandy Hook...

Sesame Street Takes on Parental Addiction

While addiction is a “grown-up issue,” it impacts children in ways that are not visible. Sesame Street in Communities tackles parental addiction in a way that is gentle and loving through two sweet and loving characters. Karli is a 6 ½ year old Muppet whose mom has struggled with addiction and had to live in foster care while her mom received treatment. Salia is a ten year old, the oldest of four girls whose parents both went to a 60 day treatment center. Sesame Street welcomes these girls...

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