December 2018

Juvenile court judges waking up to trauma’s effect on kids [whyy.org]

If one is looking for the most traumatized youths in Philadelphia, a good starting place might be Judge Lori Dumas’ courtroom. Dumas’ program – Working to Restore Adolescents’ Power (WRAP) – is designed for juvenile victims of sex trafficking who have also been charged with crimes. Dumas sits with each defendant for face-to-face meetings to build trust. An interdisciplinary team that also includes a prosecutor, defense counsel, and treatment providers seeks to avert criminal proceedings in...

Grandmothers Bring Food and Comfort to Asylum Seekers at Bus Stations [yesmagazine.org]

Every morning, Bonita Amaro and her sister Yolanda Sanchez arrive at the Greyhound bus station in Sacramento to greet asylum seekers passing through on their way to sponsors’ homes across the country. The two women come armed with care kits containing basic necessities, as well as blankets, toys, and fresh, warm foods, such as the burritos and sandwiches that Sanchez prepares. “They have so much dignity, so much gratitude. We get hugs, ‘Dios te bendiga, God bless you,’” Amaro says of the...

The Relentless School Nurse: A Duty to Write

As a school nurse and a family member of two generations that survived mass shootings, it is my duty to write about firearm violence prevention. I am encouraged by the number of colleagues that are also speaking up and joining in this "duty to write." Nurses are skilled communicators, it is in our DNA and enforced in our training. We are especially adept at communicating within our profession through learning opportunities and professional journals. We have a duty to speak outside of nursing...

ADDRESSING SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH THROUGH MEDICAID [Medical-Legal Partnership]

If you're interested in public health policy and are seeking ways to move ACEs prevention / intervention upstream - check out this [open source] article - shared by Medical-Legal Partnership . Article: "Expanding Upstream Interventions with Federal Matching Funds and Social-Impact Investments" Open Source Solutions , By Steven H. Goldberg, Paula M. Lantz, and Samantha Iovan Read the article This paper explores trends driving Medicaid’s efforts to “shift from volume to value” and the...

For children born with or without heart conditions, social factors play a clear role in their cardiovascular outcomes [AHJC]

When it comes to health care disparities and cardiovascular disease (CVD), the divide widens early. A spate of studies published recently illustrates how social factors influence CVD outcomes from our earliest years. For example, a report published in Pediatrics found that the this increased obesity prevalence among U.S. adolescents is happening almost entirely among those in low- and middle-income families. Smoking, diet quality, and physical activity levels also tracked with household...

Ideas From My Book To Help With Coping

Good Morning everyone, Since this is such a stressful time of year for many people, I wanted to post some ideas from my book "Unlocking the Puzzle of PTSD, A Holistic Guide to Restoring Inner Peace. I hope that they help and blessings to everyone! These are from Chapter 3: Taking Your Power Back. The ability to take your power back is essential to healing from any past trauma, especially healing from PTSD or Complex PTSD. The following are tools that can be used to assist in healing. If any...

A teacher discovers the magnitude of childhood trauma in his classroom: ACEs at Onate High School

I received the following essay from my colleague Bill Soules, PhD a week ago. Dr. Soules is a New Mexican state senator and educator—a champion working to prevent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). I am publishing his article, a call to action, with his permission. —Dominic Cappello Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), such as abuse, neglect, and witnessing experiences like parental conflict and substance abuse, have been found to have devastating effects on the future health and...

Deadline Extended - Apply Today to Build Resilience, Be Trauma-Informed

When you face obstacles that threaten delivery of quality services and positive outcomes, it’s more important than ever to address trauma and build resilience – for your organization, your staff and those you serve. But how can you do it? Since 2013, the National Council for Behavioral Health has worked with more than 650 behavioral health, social service and community organizations to deliver trauma-informed, resilience-oriented care. With the launch of our 9th Trauma-Informed,...

ACEs Research Corner, December 2018

[Editor's note: Dr. Harise Stein at Stanford University edits a web site -- abuseresearch.info -- that focuses on the health effects of abuse, and includes research articles on ACEs. Every month, she's posting the summaries of the abstracts and links to research articles that address only ACEs. Thank you, Harise!! -- Jane Stevens] Deighton S, Neville A, Pusch D, Dobson K. Biomarkers of adverse childhood experiences: A scoping review. Psychiatry Res. 2018 Nov;269:719-732. PMID: 30273897...

CityMatCH is calling for abstract and workshop submissions!

Calling ACEs science champions - is your area of ACEs science expertise a good fit with the CityMatCH (maternal, child, health leadership) conference objectives? The window for submitting abstracts and workshops is Dec 17 through March 1, 2019. Check it out! Click HERE to learn more! From CityMatCH website: We welcome and encourage submissions on a variety of topics as they relate to maternal and child health, including maternal mortality, fatherhood, equity, structural racism, immigration,...

In ACEs Connection webinar, physicians talk trauma, offer tips for helping pediatric immigrant patients

Dr. Raul Gutierrez, a pediatrician in the San Francisco Bay Area, said he and his fellow clinicians see constant fear and its health consequences every single day among the largely immigrant and Latino population they serve. It’s all the result of anti-immigrant policies and the news cycle that feeds the fear. Dr. Raul Gutierrez “It is almost inescapable with the repercussions of immigration policy on the radio, television, social media and from friends and family,” Gutierrez told the 69...

New podcast series on ACEs: Voices from the Field

Developed and hosted by The Center for Youth Wellness’ National Pediatric Practice Community (NPPC) on ACEs Listen to an exciting, informative audio podcast series designed for pediatric clinicians who want to advance universal ACEs screening Connect with stories from pediatric clinicians pioneering ACEs screening in the clinical setting around the country, at small community clinics and large health systems Learn from your peers’ challenges and insights – to help you more successfully...

Pilot program aims to keep kids out of juvenile justice system [dailymemphian.com]

When the Shelby County Youth Assessment Center launches next year, it will be part of a cultural shift aimed at changing the way authorities respond to juvenile offenders. The center, operated by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, will provide services like trauma informed care and referrals to community providers to help families find resources. “If we look at it as a holistic place that deals with trauma and the impact childhood trauma has on kids – which lead to low-level...

N.J. bills aim to stem gun violence through hospital trauma programs [pressofatlanticcity.com]

Lawmakers are putting more focus on efforts to stem gun violence and ensuing trauma in New Jersey communities with a series of bills they introduced in the legislature earlier this month. The bills focus on gun violence by engaging patients in the hospital, during their recovery and in the community following a firearm incident, putting attention on mental health and counseling needs of gun violence victims. “Each day, too many families in New Jersey wake up expecting to hear the sound of...

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