November 2018

These 10 people have 10 solutions for poverty — because they’ve lived it (msn.com)

"This November, Microsoft News is putting a focus on Poverty in America with a 2-week series examining the root causes of poverty, what poverty really means to the many different kinds of people affected, and what we can do to contribute to the most meaningful solutions. We teamed up with some of our most trusted news partners to bring you custom content and highlight quality journalism that helps us understand these issues. We hope you’ll join us in supporting the organizations that are...

Note to Self: Keep your brain where it belongs

“We believe in things like science ,” a client tells me after learning that I am an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ. I have been working with his family for three years and there has never been any indication that either this man or his wife think I am anything but very smart. In fact, they have often credited our work together with saving their family life and marriage! I do not take his statement as an insult, but rather, as evidence of the depth of religion’s wounding...

New York City aims for diversity, easier enrollment as education department moves to oversee programs starting in infancy [chalkbeat.org]

New York City is moving closer toward an overhaul of its early child care system that will put the education department in charge of some programs for children as young as six weeks old — a consequential shift that signals learning begins at birth. Among the changes the education department is proposing: a universal enrollment system that could ease the burden on parents looking for child care, and an explicit focus on racial and economic integration from the earliest ages. The moves are...

The Total Incompatibility of Mindfulness and Busyness [medium.com]

I’m keeping myself busy.” Lots of retired people say this kind of thing, probably to reassure themselves and others that they are not at loose ends and drifting into oblivion just because they aren’t going to work every day or receiving a paycheck. One day I heard these words coming up from some deep crevice in my own mind, and before I could stop them, they went right into the telephone. “Wait a minute,” I wanted to cry out. “What am I saying, and who the hell is saying this?” I am not...

What Happens When a Factory Town Loses its Factory [psmag.com]

All eyes in Canada have turned to Oshawa, Ontario, following the announcement by General Motors that it will end auto manufacturing in the city after more than a century of production. In the coming days we will hear about community resilience and the inevitability of market forces. Some of those affected will be asked to share their feelings and politicians of all stripes will send their thoughts and prayers to the nearly 3,000 autoworkers who will be out of work. Then we will all move on.

On the Path to Health Equity: When Foundations and Corporations Support Trauma-Informed, Cross-Sector Networks

Ann Marie Healy used to travel around Pennsylvania talking to community members about “smart” land use planning. Through her work with 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, a non-profit devoted to revitalizing cities and towns, “we would meet with people to share what we had learned about how to approach planning in a more strategic manner.” In one small town, residents questioned the relevance of the pitch. “Isn’t what we’ve learned locally just as important as what experts have found works...

Families Are Still Being Separated at the Border, Months After “Zero Tolerance” Was Reversed [propublica.org]

The Trump administration has quietly resumed separating immigrant families at the border, in some cases using vague or unsubstantiated allegations of wrongdoing or minor violations against the parents, including charges of illegally re-entering the country, as justification. Over the last three months, lawyers at Catholic Charities, which provides legal services to immigrant children in government custody in New York, have discovered at least 16 new separation cases. They say they have come...

For children trapped in poverty, breaking free is getting harder [latimes.com]

Luz Rivas knew the two dozen fifth-grade girls sitting before her. Not by name, but by experience. She once lived in tight spaces, shared homes, back houses, a garage. It was back in the 1980s, when she and her mother and sister would get squeezed out of one place, hear about another and start over again. It’s still that way for children in the Pacoima neighborhood around Telfair Elementary, only more so. “I hated that assignment in school when they asked you to draw your house,” Rivas, 44,...

Scarlett's Sunshine Act Addresses A Tragic Problem That Has No Solution Yet [bustle.com]

When Stephanie Zarecky's daughter Scarlett was about 16 months old, she and her husband put her to bed with a mild cold and fever. Hours later, they discovered she had stopped breathing. Doctors had no explanation for what happened, and even now, going on two years since she lost Scarlett, Zarecky has no more information on what happened to her daughter. Infants and children like Scarlett die from unexplained causes at an alarming rate in the United States — but soon, Scarlett's Sunshine Act...

What If We Treated Bigotry as a Public Health Concern? [nonprofitquarterly.org]

At NPQ, we’ve been digging into narrative: tracking the trends, observing our practice, and hearing from readers—particularly around race, a core design factor in the US and the world. So, a recent article proposing thinking of bigotry as a public health problem caught our attention. In it, Ronald W. Pies, professor of bioethics and humanities at SUNY Upstate Medical University, applies the core criteria for a public health frame—that something is both harmful and contagious—to explore a new...

Overcoming a Lifetime of Trauma, Then Facing a New One: Wildfire [centerforhealthjournalism.org]

KQED News Monday, November 19, 2018 Sabrina Hanes has faced a lot of trauma in her life, most of it in her childhood. As part of her healing, she moved to a Northern California town called Paradise. There she built strength and community, but that was upended when the Camp Fire tore through Paradise, burning her home and turning her life upside down. I followed Hanes through her daily routine in Paradise last summer, to learn how she’s developed resilience. I then caught up with Hanes after...

How to Use Money as a Tool for Healing [yesmagazine.org]

The philanthropic world does a lot of good; some problems get solved by throwing a lot of money at them. In 2015, foundations gave away $62.8 billion to charities and nonprofits that do everything from fighting hunger and housing the homeless to retraining coal miners to curing cancer. But with a culture rooted in capitalism and endowments invested in Wall Street, bighearted foundations too often fail their missions. They are limited by the narrow mindset of the financial industry status...

U.S. Life Expectancy Drops Amid 'Disturbing' Rise In Overdoses And Suicides [npr.org]

For the second time in three years, life expectancy in the U.S. has ticked downward. In three reports issued Thursday , the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention laid out a series of statistics that revealed some troubling trend lines — including rapidly increasing rates of death from drug overdoses and suicide. CDC Director Robert Redfield described the data as "troubling." "Life expectancy gives us a snapshot of the Nation's overall health and these sobering statistics are a wakeup...

Early Bird Registration for Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools Conference Ends Friday

Now is the best time to get the lowest registration price for the 2nd Annual Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools Conference , hosted by the Attachment & Trauma Network, Slated for February 17-19, 2019 at the Washington Hilton, this conference includes 75 workshops from experts in trauma-informed education across the country and around the world. Early bird pricing of $395 ends at midnight Friday, November 30. Here's the registration link. Those needing to use purchase orders can contact...

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