November 2016

Researcher to study how a new mindset may reduce toxic stress in children [HeraldCourier.com]

A researcher from East Tennessee State University will investigate the effectiveness of TIC for reducing the effects of toxic stress among at-risk children and their caregivers. The project, “Building Strong Brains and Strong Families,” is funded by a $119,000 grant from the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services. Trauma-informed care (TIC) emphasizes compassion and incorporates the belief that every person has value and should be treated with dignity, as well as the understanding that...

Crowdsourcing Cincinnati's Child Poverty Challenge [SoapBoxMedia.com]

Over 700 educators, parents, nonprofit leaders, retired corporate leaders, social workers and others gathered at Duke Convention Center Oct. 29 to brainstorm community solutions and public policy changes to shift the dynamic of child poverty in the city. Cincinnati has the sixth highest rate of child poverty in the nation with 33,069 children living in poverty (a household income below $19,073 for a family of three). "We're here to take personal responsibility for lifting 5,000 families,...

Erasing Indigenous Heritage [TheAtlantic.com]

For nearly a century, the Canadian government took indigenous Canadians from their families and placed them in church-run boarding schools, forcibly assimilating them to Western culture. Children as young as 2 or 3 years old were taken from their homes, their language extinguished, their culture destroyed. With support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting , photographer Daniella Zalcman has been documenting the lingering effects of this trauma for her book, Signs of Your Identity,...

Uber and Lyft Are Failing Black Riders [TheAtlantic.com]

Uber, Lyft, and other ride-sharing services were supposed to be a more egalitarian transportation option than a traditional cab service. There’s a mountain of data that shows how difficult and dangerous something as simple as finding a cab ride home can be, particularly for women and black people. Ride-hailing apps were expected to help fix that. But a new study finds some of the problems persist. The economists Yanbo Ge and Don MacKenzie, of the University of Washington, along with...

Middle school incident reports top high schools for first time at LAUSD; suicidal behavior is up [LASchoolReport.com]

For the first time since LA Unified has collected such data, the number of incidents involving fights, suicidal behavior, bullying, drugs and other disruptions on campuses was higher at middle schools than at high schools. The district last week released the 2015-2016 iSTAR Annual Report, which stands for the Incident System Tracking Accountability Report. The report not only shows serious issues such as finding weapons or illegal drugs on students or staff, but also records accidents,...

A Pediatrician's View Of Paid Parental Leave [NPR.org]

Paternity leave can make a big difference in a dad's long-term engagement with the child, doctors find. Paid family leave also fosters breastfeeding and reduces the incidence of maternal depression. As part of All Things Considered's series Stretched: Working Parents' Juggling Act , NPR talked with Dr. Benard Dreyer , a developmental and behavioral pediatrician at the New York University School of Medicine and president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, to get a better sense of what the...

Manchester, New Hampshire 2016 RWJF Culture of Health Prize Winner [RWJF.org]

Founded along the Merrimack River in the early 19 th century, Manchester, N.H., sprang from a utopian vision: create an industrial center to rival its English namesake, complete with sprawling, red-brick textile mills, workers’ quarters, schools, libraries, theaters and parks for all who lived and worked there. But as manufacturing sagged in the latter half of the 20 th century, the city lagged as well. Today, in a transformation that has spanned the past several decades, the city’s business...

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