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November 2020

Investigation finds widespread racism and discrimination against Indigenous peoples in B.C. health-care system (CBC News)

By Chantelle Bellrichard, November 30, 2020, CBC News. 84% of Indigenous people who took part in investigation reported discrimination in system Racism, stereotyping and discrimination against Indigenous peoples in the B.C. health-care system are widespread and can be deadly, according to the findings of an independent investigative report. The investigation was led by former judge Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, who released her report, titled In Plain Sight, on Monday. "We have a major problem...

Join Us for a Webinar - Addressing Historic Trauma in Indian Country: Funding and Implementing Trauma-Informed Programming in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dec 4, 2020 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada) How does historic trauma impact contemporary Native American communities and how can Tribal communities, the federal government, and community organizations work together to address and mitigate those impacts? Van Ness Feldman and the Roundtable on Native American Trauma-Informed Initiatives* invite you to a webinar featuring Dr. Tami DeCoteau, a leader in identifying and implementing successful approaches to trauma-informed care and Van...

How Racism Can Affect Child Development [developingchild.harvard.edu]

From Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University, November 2020 Years of scientific study have shown us that, when children’s stress response systems remain activated at high levels for long periods, it can have a significant wear-and-tear effect on their developing brains and other biological systems. This can have lifelong effects on learning, behavior, and both physical and mental health. A growing body of evidence from both the biological and social sciences connects this concept...

Make “Giving Tuesday” your day to support the work of ACEs Connection. Help us meet our matching grant goal of $50K, and your gift will be matched, dollar-for-dollar!

"This Giving Tuesday, and every day, we thank you for your support," said members of the ACEs Connection staff on a recent "all staff Zoom." L-R (top row) Laurie Udesky, Carey Sipp, Gail Kennedy, Lara Kain (second row) Cissy White, Rafael Maravilla, Donielle Prince, Jenna Quinn (third row) Ingrid Cockhren, (off camera) Alison Cebulla, Jane Stevens. Out that day, and grateful all the same, were Karen Clemmer, Dana Brown, Elizabeth Prewitt, Marianne Avari, and Samantha Sangenito Called “the...

Virtual Viewing of Whole People from Dec. 11th-13th with Follow-Up Discussion on Dec. 15th at 7p.m. EST

As part of the Transform Trauma with ACEs Sciences FREE Film Festival & Follow-Up Discussion Series we bring you Whole People (parts 1 & 2 & 3). The documentary viewing will take place in the Transform Trauma with ACEs Science Film Festival Community on ACEs Connection . Each of our first three sections is just under twenty-seven minutes long and the topics are as follows: Preview: Whole People | 101 | Childhood Trauma | Episode 1 | PBS Preview: Whole People | 102 | Healing...

The HOPE team needs your help!

HOPE is seeking individuals who will review our pilot learning module and leave feedback! Click here to take the module , and click here to give feedback on your experience. The HOPE (Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences) team is working with the Education Development Center to make our trainings accessible to even more individuals, through an online curriculum for HOPE-informed care. The full curriculum teaches participants about positive childhood experiences, the science of HOPE,...

Do coaches need a certification?

How does one differentiate the need for formal education in trauma healing as mandatory versus optional? I have been thinking about how Americans and most first world countries have been so inundated with the idea that someone must have gone to university to be taken seriously in mental health, and I can’t help but wonder the authenticity of it all. I think about how an old man in Bali healed my body; he a master of physical manipulation with no education and little understanding of my...

How to Ease Holiday Stress With Self-compassion

Good cheer, happiness, family and a spirit of giving are a big part of the holiday season. But for many people, stress and loneliness are major players that upset plans to stay positive. If your tension level rises when the decor goes up, you are not alone. It is common for some people to feel more anxious or lonely as the season begins. Holiday stress can trigger negative thinking that builds on itself. To avoid this cycle, we can take this opportunity to find new comforts and enjoy the...

CONVOS DURING COVID: A NEW PODCAST from HERE this NOW

HERE this NOW (HTN) is elated to announce the development of it's first podcast show, CONVOS during COVID . This is part of an ongoing conversation series that was developed last spring as a result of the pandemic, the collapsing economy, and the racial injustice crisis. Since then, we have enjoyed several guests such as the author of The Polyvagal Theory, Dr. Steve Porges; Anti-Racist Schools Activist Joe Truss; pediatric psychologist, Dr. Mona Delahooke; author Dr. Gholdy Muhammad;...

Across the Country, Voters Remove Racist Symbols and Language from Founding Documents [billmoyers.com]

By April Simpson, Moyers on Democracy, November 18, 2020 More than a century ago, white Mississippians devised a way to almost guarantee that no African American — or Black residents’ preferred candidate — would ever hold real political power in the state. It’s among the discriminatory measures voters changed across the country on Election day. After months of unrest sharpened the nation’s attention to racial justice issues, voters in several states approved ballot measures and amendments,...

Providing Food and Jobs for Atlanta Residents During the Pandemic [aecf.org]

By The Annie E. Casey Founation, November 2, 2020 Over the past several months, thousands of Atlantans have found themselves struggling to afford groceries after the COVID-19 pandemic put them out of work . At the same time, many churches, food pantries and relief organizations have faced difficulties keeping up with requests for food and have seen a dip in volunteers — as many people have stayed home to avoid potential exposure to the novel coronavirus. The Atlanta-based humanitarian...

What Shouldn't Return to 'Normal' When Schools Reopen [edsurge.com]

By Tony Wan, EdSurge, November 10, 2020 Everybody is yearning for a return to normalcy, and yesterday offered hope after a major drug company announced that early data suggest its coronavirus vaccine is more than 90 percent effective. But not everything should go back to normal, say district superintendents, particularly in communities where the pandemic has exposed deep-rooted systemic racism and inequities—and also accelerated positive changes that school leaders hope will stick long after...

Structural racism is taking a toll on children's mental health [cnn.com]

By Kristen Rogers, CNN, November 20, 2020 Roisin and Danny Huang took their 6-year-old daughter to cultural celebrations and dim sum restaurants in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District, cultivating her Chinese identity and cultural pride. To Roisin, who is White, and her husband, who is Chinese and first-generation American, that was an important part of their parenting. Despite some internalized racism their daughter was experiencing, she had come to accept and celebrate the Chinese...

Trauma Research Foundation & Medicating Normal- the film

Announcing a screening and live virtual discussion you don't want to miss! Medicating Normal is excited to announce that we will be taking part in The Winter Film Festival on December 6th from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm EST, hosted by Trauma Research Foundation (TRF). We're so excited to join the lineup with some of the most important films in the field of trauma right now. Each film explores a different aspect of how trauma can impact us. Even more exciting is that Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.,...

Five things that you can do to heal trauma now

This trauma healing list will be short and sweet, with plenty of room for elaboration in the near future. For now, these are the top 5 things that you can do now to start healing trauma. The best thing that you can do to heal trauma without any doubt is to acknowledge that you have some work to do. There is no reason to spend time nor money on therapy or trauma healing modalities without accepting that you have to take it seriously. The worst thing that I did was spend thousands of dollars...

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