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March 2018

New County Health Rankings Show Differences in Health and Opportunity by Place and Race [rwjf.org]

Princeton, N.J. and Madison, Wis .—For nearly a decade, the County Health Rankings have shown that where we live makes a difference in how well and how long we live. This year, our analysis shows that meaningful health gaps persist not only by place but also by race and ethnicity. These health gaps are largely influenced by differences in opportunities that disproportionately affect people of color, such as access to quality education, jobs, and safe, affordable housing. This year’s report...

The Importance of Movies Like “Black Panther” and “A Wrinkle in Time” [yesmagazine.org]

The hype surrounding Black Panther has been as hyperbolic as any feat its characters might perform, with the film being praised for its layered story and what’s been described as its “Afrofuturist” cast. And Black Pantherwill be joined by A Wrinkle in Time , another film with blockbuster potential and an interracial cast. But no matter how much money or how many awards films like Black Panther and A Wrinkle in Time amass, our research strongly suggests another reason they’re important:...

Governor Walker: “With Trauma-Informed Care, Everyone Has a Role to Play” [urbanmilwaukee.com]

GREEN BAY— Governor Scott Walker joined by First Lady Tonette Walker and the Director of the Office of Children’s Mental Health Elizabeth Hudson today visited the Boys and Girls Club to sign a proclamation declaring May 2018 as Trauma-Informed Care Awareness Month and Tuesday, May 22, 2018 as Trauma-Informed Care Day in the State of Wisconsin . “Trauma-Informed Care is a way to improve the lives of children and families throughout Wisconsin,” said Governor Scott Walker. “With the leadership...

EJI Peace and Justice Summit - Tickets on Sale (Montgomery, AL)

To commemorate the grand opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum, EJI will host two days of talks and conversation at the Peace and Justice Summit and Opening Ceremony. EJI Peace and Justice Summit April 26-27, Montgomery Performing Arts Center $25 Summit Pass The Peace and Justice Summit will present an exciting array of national leaders and advocates, including Michelle Alexander, Sherrilyn Ifill, Gloria Steinem, Marian Wright Edelman, Rev. William...

They’re Working to Reform Juvenile Justice With an ‘Art Attack’ [jjie.org]

NEW YORK — The pianist jammed on the Steinway with such force, he stood up to play it. The rest of the orchestra swayed with the Songs of Solomon and Wadleigh High School choirs onstage at Carnegie Hall, singing a student composition about outcasts seeking change and second chances. “Break the chains dragging us down,” their voices soared. “Close the door we marched through. Open one more to start anew.” But “A Time Like This: Music for Change” wasn’t just a concert Sunday. It honored the...

Arizona Bill Seeks to Shield Oldest Juveniles from Adult Charges [chronicleofsocialchange.org]

A bill in Arizona aims to reduce the number of juveniles who are charged as adults while also allowing youth offenders to remain in rehabilitative and other programs until they turn 19. House Bill 2356, according to a fact sheet issued by the Children’s Action Alliance (CAA), “allows the juvenile court to retain jurisdiction over a juvenile who is at least 17 years old and who has been adjudicated delinquent until the person reaches 19 years old. This bill will prevent many older youths with...

Cope24 – Changing Our Parenting Experience [fox2now.com]

ST. LOUIS, MO — Abuse and other "Adverse Childhood Experiences" are on the rise in the United States. According to a national survey nearly 40 percent of children in every state has experienced at least one ACE, and more than 20 percent have had at least two. The founder and executive director of St. Louis based COPE-24, @Rene Howitt, explains these astounding statistics. Cope24 - Changing Our Parenting Experience 314-488-3766 www.Cope24.Com [To watch this story, go to...

Interagency, Cross-sector Collaboration to Improve Care for Vulnerable Children: Lessons from Six State Initiatives [healthmanagement.com]

INTERAGENCY, CROSS-SECTOR COLLABORATION TO IMPROVE CARE FOR VULNERABLE CHILDREN: LESSONS FROM SIX STATE INITIATIVES A recently released report written by Health Management Associates colleagues Sharon Silow‐Carroll, Diana Rodin, and Anh Pham, titled “Interagency, Cross-Sector Collaboration to Improve Care for Vulnerable Children: Lessons from Six State Initiatives.” Prepared for the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, the report highlights how programs in Colorado, the District...

Being part of the movement

As many of my friends linked to the 60 Minutes segment by Oprah, I commented on a few that I was proud to be part of the movement. I have had the privilege of being part of my agency's training team, which has conducted more than 45 trainings for more than 2,700 people in the last two years. These have taken place in schools, county departments of social services, police departments, and hospitals, to name a few. It feels so good to be able to say that we have been working to help diverse...

ACE Fact Sheets to Give Your Doctors, Patients & Beyond (free downloads)

I was first inspired to create a fact sheet summarizing the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) after reading a comment in “Got Your ACE score?” A reader wished she had a form to give her doctor that documented the vast body of evidence explaining how early trauma increases risk for chronic physical and mental health conditions and much more. I could relate.

"This changed my life" —Oprah learns about ACEs and Trauma-informed care

"Don't ask 'what's wrong with you.' Ask, 'what happened to you.'" I watched the Oprah segment with my mother, Dr. Louise Hart, who heard Dr. Vincent Felitti speak about the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study ten years ago. At that time, she asked him, "What is being done with this incredible information?" And he replied, "not much." It inspired her to come out of retirement and write another parenting book, which turned into The Bullying Antidote . Published in 2013,...

The more I "Meet" Members....

I have to say I am quite impressed with the people who have reached out to me after I posted that I was interested in collaborating. Over my 30 years working in healthcare -- with a focus of quality improvement -- I have recognized over and over that we are such a reactive society. BUT!!! You guys rock. So many people are doing AMAZING things. But we are mostly invisible, as the reactive seems to outshine the proactive prevention. BUT!!!! Not if we can collaborate and band together. Just...

The Surprising Reason Why All Google Searches Aren't Created Equal [colorlines.com]

Eight years ago, as Safiya Umoja Noble was entertaining her nieces, she had a horrible revelation. Noble, now a professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications, googled the phrase “Black girls” looking for useful ideas. She instead found a page full of pornography. Disturbed that the world’s most popular search engine could create such a distorted view of Black women and girls, Noble spent the next several years tracing the consequences of algorithmic...

Those who walk out on Wednesday will join a rich history of student protest [edsource.org]

When we think of student protests, it is most often of protests on college campuses — from the waves of unrest during the Vietnam War to the more recent campus clashes involving Black Lives Matter advocates and white nationalists . But since the Civil Rights era, some of the most impactful youth protests have taken place in high schools and even junior high schools. Acts of civil disobedience by students barely into their teens have marked seminal points in historic battles over bedrock...

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