December 2018

Boy’s battered feet offer harrowing image of migrants’ journey [centerforhealthjournalism.org]

Last fall, an 8-year-old boy I’ll call Mateo came to the pediatric clinic in South Los Angeles where I was working. He was thin, with sun-parched skin and very quiet. He seemed fearful of everyone and everything. His mother brought him in because his feet were hurting. When I removed Mateo’s tattered tennis shoes and socks, his feet were inflamed and the skin was flaking off the soles. His toes were covered in black eschars, pieces of dead tissue. I couldn’t believe he was able to walk. I...

London wants to treat violent crime like a disease [weforum.org]

In November 2018, five people were stabbed to death on the streets of London in the space of six days . Three of the victims were teenagers. That spate of killings followed a summer filled with harrowing reports of knife violence. After several years of decline, knife offences in England are on the rise again. According to the most recent crime figures from the Office of National Statistics , offences involving a knife or a sharp instrument are at the highest level ever recorded, at almost...

Ending Gun Violence in Our Communities [medium.com]

Jamal was in a good place. He was enrolled in a program that employed him while he was earning his high school equivalency degree. He enjoyed the work — doing landscaping all over the city. He had made good friends, he liked having money in his pocket, and he was doing something positive. Until he was shot in the face. Jamal, then 24 years old, was shopping for a shirt after work in downtown San Francisco when a car pulled up to the curb next to him. The window rolled down, and the passenger...

A Free Clinic Builds “Bridges to Health” by Treating the Whole Patient

This post originally appeared on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Blog . There’s no bus service in his small town in rural North Carolina, so Dean* drives 10 miles to The Free Clinics ("Clinics") in Hendersonville every couple of weeks whenever he has money for gas. Staff there helped him find affordable medications and treatments for cancer and for his shoulder, which he injured by falling 20 feet on a construction site. He’s unable to read due to learning...

Suspensions Are Down In U.S. Schools But Large Racial Gaps Remain [npr.org]

Students in U.S. schools were less likely to be suspended in 2016 than they were in 2012. But the progress is incremental, and large gaps — by race and by special education status — remain. This data comes from an analysis of federal data for NPR in partnership with the nonprofit organization Child Trends. And it comes as the Trump administration is preparing the final report from a school safety commission that is expected to back away from or rescind Obama-era guidance intended to reduce...

How Family Dynamics Shape Our Kids – For Better or Worse [madinamerica.com]

The following interview is part of a cutting-edge series of video interviews called Parenting Today: Raising Strong, Resilient Kids being aired exclusively on Mad in America. This series has as its aim educating parents about the current mental disorder paradigm as it relates to children. It also offers many useful tips about how to raise resilient children and how to become a more skilful parent. In this series of more than thirty interviews, we share information about the diverse resources...

Criminally Insane in Oregon Attack Twice as Many People Than Previously Known, New Data Shows [propublica.org]

Editor’s Note: This updates a story published on Nov. 14 by ProPublica and the Malheur Enterprise that was based on an incomplete set of data provided by Oregon’s Psychiatric Security Review Board. The board initially provided the names of 334 people it released from 2008 to 2017. In fact, the board freed 526 people during those years. Looking at the full records, we found that the criminally insane committed new crimes and harmed others more often than we had initially calculated. An...

‘We’re doing it to help all of us’: In Newark, student-researchers ask their peers why they miss school [chalkbeat.org]

With one in three Newark students considered chronically absent last year, a team of researchers has set out to discover why so many students are missing so much school. To solve that riddle, the team has held focus groups and surveyed high school students at summer school programs, churches, and supermarkets. Many researchers have conducted similar studies, but this team is different — it includes students interviewing their peers about their shared struggles with attendance. “We’re...

Justice for Jakelin: Lawmakers Demand Answers in Death of 7-Year-Old Girl in Border Patrol Custody [democracynow.org]

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: We begin today’s show with the mounting outrage over the death of a 7-year-old indigenous Guatemalan girl in Border Patrol custody, as lawmakers demand answers for the conditions that led Jakelin Caal Maquín to die after being detained at the U.S.-Mexico border. Maquín died on December 8th, two days after she and her father presented themselves at the U.S.-Mexico border alongside 161 other Central American asylum seekers. She had been held in detention for more than eight...

Op-Ed – Looking To Oakland For Gun Violence Reduction Strategies That Work [witnessla.com]

It’s the best news you’ve probably never heard. Oakland, long synonymous with gun violence, is suddenly emerging as a national leader in the field of violence prevention. Since 2012, shootings are down more than 50 percent and are on pace to reach their lowest levels in decades. California leaders have much to learn from how people in Oakland came together to rewrite the violence reduction playbook. [For more on this story by Reygan Cunningham and Mike McLively, go to...

Proposed legislation aims to reduce trauma experienced by Oklahoma school children [okcfox.com]

OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) — Two measures introduced in the state senate aim to reduce trauma experienced by children in schools. The legislation is sponsored by Senator Allison Ikley-Freeman, D-Tulsa, who before entering politics worked as a therapist at a nonprofit mental health agency. Senator Ikley-Freeman told FOX 25 her goal is to create a “more trauma-informed culture” within the state’s public schools. In Senate Bill 72 schools would be prohibited from using mechanical restraints to...

Building a Child Welfare System for the 21st Century [chronicleofsocialchange.org]

The Family First Prevention Services Act , which was signed into law as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act on February 9, 2018, offers an historic opportunity for child welfare leaders to re-imagine a child welfare system for the 21 st century. By placing an emphasis on prevention, early intervention and evidence-based practices for children and families, this groundbreaking legislation is requiring child welfare providers to rethink the policies, practices and systems of yesterday and...

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