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October 2019

Nemours CEO Larry Moss: Let's Invest More in Kids' Health [healthleadersmedia.com]

By Steven Porter, HealthLeaders, October 17, 2019 Healthcare policymakers and industry players alike should devote more attention and resources to meeting kids' health needs, says R. Lawrence "Larry" Moss, MD, FACS, FAAP, president and CEO of Nemours Children's Health System, based in Jacksonville, Florida. The undertaking is an important long-term strategy to boost outcomes and strengthen the U.S. economy overall, Moss said during a presentation to fellow executives at a recent...

SD Women's Prison Event Turns Adversity to Empowerment [mitchellrepublic.com]

By Ellen Bardash, The Daily Republic, October 17, 2019 Among the usual crowd of khaki and red outfits at the South Dakota Women's Prison, hints of purple were seen on staff and incarcerated women alike on Thursday. In the middle of National Domestic Violence Month, the small purple ribbons many wore were in honor of the first domestic and sexual violence-focused event held at the prison. Known as the Empowerment Campaign, the event at the Pierre facility brought in several people with...

How The Juvenile Justice System is Failing Girls [yr.media]

By Susie Armitage, YR Media, October 16, 2019 When Bree was booked into a juvenile detention center as a teen, they were subject to a strip search. “The staff had to take off my clothes and started patting me down, touching me, and making me feel uncomfortable,” said Bree, who asked that their last name not be used for privacy reasons. As a youth advocate with the Philadelphia-based Juvenile Law Center, Bree recounted their experience of incarceration in a report. “I felt violated, like I...

Positive Relationships Can Buffer Childhood Trauma and Toxic Stress, Researchers Say [bostonglobe.com]

By Kay Lazar, The Boston Globe, October 15, 2019 Traumatic events and toxic relationships during childhood can cast long shadows, often damaging mental health well into adulthood. But a growing body of research suggests sustained, positive relationships with caring adults can help mitigate the harmful effects of childhood trauma. And specialists say pediatricians, social workers, and others who work with kids should take steps to monitor and encourage those healthy relationships — just as...

Health Equity: What We Can Learn From The World [rwjf.org]

By Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, October 2019 When it comes to advancing health equity, good ideas have no borders. Like in the United States, countries around the world are grappling with how to make sure everyone in their communities has a fair and just opportunity to live the healthiest life possible. Advancing health equity is emerging as a top priority for European nations, across the Americas, and in other countries like Singapore, Australia, and South Africa. [ Please click here to...

Building for Real With Digital Blocks [nytimes.com]

By Tina Rosenberg, The New York Times, October 15, 2019 In 2011, Jorgen Hallstrom, a project manager at Swedish Building Services, was redesigning public housing complexes around Stockholm. The buildings were rundown and bleak, the public spaces uninviting. Mr. Hallstrom, like any developer, wanted to get residents’ views. But he knew that very few would come to hear about the project, and those that did would struggle to understand the architectural drawings. For the untrained, it’s not...

Effective way to do Meditation

The most effective way to do meditation is to take your mind to the zero thought state. Meditation should not be something in which you try to make you mind silent. Your mind shall become silent automatically with the help of your subconscious mind power. We have written some posts on the basics of meditation and zero thought of mind . We really appreciate you if you read our blog once. And if you have any opinion please let us know. I know in the community of ace connection, there's a lot...

Progress Stalls on Child Poverty, According to New Data [datacenter.kidscount.org]

By Kids Count Data Center, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, September 27, 2019 In 2018, 13 million children in the United States — 18% of all kids — were living in poverty, and for the first time since 2014, the percentage did not decrease compared to the previous year. This is discouraging news; all children should have the economic security that provides them the opportunity to thrive. However, the share of children in poverty remains significantly lower than its recent peak of 23%, seen in...

Parks As a Catalyst for Positive Change: A Conversation With Hanaa Hamdi [sparcchub.org]

By Stephanie Gidigbi, SPARCC, October 2019 Dr. Hanaa Hamdi, Director of Health Impact Investment Strategies and Partnerships for New Jersey Community Capital, sat down with NRDC’s Stephanie Gidigbi of the SPARCC national team to expand on a SPARCC Virtual Learning Conversation event highlighting the vital importance of parks in the health and well-being of communities. Stephanie Gidigbi: We got so much good feedback after hearing your keynote at the Virtual Learning Conversation event and...

Opioid Addiction: Advice for Parents

Given the way the media portray opioid addiction, it's natural to react with panic or moral outrage when you discover your child struggling with the problem. It's not natural to calm down and try to view your child as someone who is using opioids to cope with serious problems, though that is likely the case, according to research.

Claire's Story: Somehow Larry is fitting in. Part 97.

By A. Hosack, P. Berman & K. Hecht It happened so fast. They are trusting me. This feels unreal. Larry was so very tired, but his brain wouldn’t shut off. He couldn’t stop thinking about how different his life was now. All these people around him had such trust for each other. Why? He and the monks had been at the hospital for a day and a half. Only Larry had money, so he had bought food for everyone- they were so grateful to him. How could they be grateful to him? Didn’t they understand...

Claire's Story. It's an emergency. Part 96

By K. Hecht, A. Hosack, & P. Berman Hey, are you okay? Hey, wake up? Larry is crouching down next to the driver whose head has fallen against the front wheel of the bus. Talking to him gently, Larry was trying to help the driver regain consciousness. He didn’t smell sour, so it wasn’t a problem with drinking too much. Could it be drugs? Finally, the driver groans. Larry helps him slide out from behind the wheel, a monk has gotten up and takes one side of the man as Larry takes the other...

Celebrating Resilience and Trauma-Informed Work in Chicago

Communities Coming Together at Trauma-Informed Chicago Summit: Connecting for a Resilient Future The Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative was thrilled to cohost “Trauma-Informed Chicago Summit: Connecting for a Resilient Future" with the Chicago Department of Public Health on Thursday, September 12 th at the University of Illinois at Chicago Forum. A sold-out crowd of more than 500 attendees from across Chicago gathered to get updates on Chicago’s commitment to becoming a trauma-informed...

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