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April 2019

They Found a Way to Use Science in the Fight for Human Rights - and It's Working (nationswell.com)

Public health crises. Climate change. Refugee trauma and violence. Human rights groups face daunting tasks that often require swift action, yet they also need to ensure that those actions are informed by scientific fact. “One of the things I’ve told human rights organizations when I’ve worked with them is without the data, you’re just a person with an opinion,” says Mary Gray , a statistician and lawyer at American University. That’s where the American Association for the Advancement of...

Increasing Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Health Psychology: Lessons Learned from Two Expert Panel Discussions Held by Division 38 (div38healthpsychologist.com)

"Representation of racial and ethnic minority psychologists is of special importance to the field of health psychology. Members of racial and ethnic minorities experience health disparities that are closely linked to social, economic, and environmental disadvantages." "A lack of diverse faculty was also identified as a barrier. Minority faculty serve as role models for young minority students. " "The nation is diversifying, and so should the field of health psychology to meet the nation’s...

Unsung Heroes: Haze Mabry; An Inspired Life

Haze Mabry has much to teach us when it comes to leading a happy life. An 80-year-old janitor comes to work expecting to clean. Instead, nearly 800 students sing him… April 1 Haze Mabry, who works as a janitor at an elementary school in Georgia, walks into the building every day and… www.washingtonpost.com A few days ago this story by Allison Klein, editor of Washington Post’s Inspired Life, appeared there and has since gone viral. “Haze Mabry”, writes Klein, “who works as a janitor at an...

Claire’s Story: Davy is Grumpy. Part 35.

By K. Hecht , A. Hosack , and P. Berman I want my mommy! Davy was tired after school. On the long bus ride home, he kept thinking about getting a story from his mommy. Now, he as he stepped off the bus and eagerly looked around- she wasn’t there, it was just Mr. Carson. Claire had put Davy on the bus like she had for months but had forgotten to tell him that Mr. Carson would be getting him from now on. She had been so nervous a b out going to her own school that she had put all her energy in...

Kids and Teens in Court Program at the Chadwick Center (ChadwickCenter.com)

"The Kids and Teens in Court program is one of the many programs at the Chadwick Center designed in accordance with the agency’s mission to provide prevention, intervention, and education programs to children and their families. The program assists children, teens, and their families for the courtroom experience by 1) teaching relaxation skills; 2) providing education about the court process and their rights and; 3) introducing the courtroom and offering an opportunity to participate in a...

Filipinos, Colonial Mentality, and Mental Health: A psychological approach to exploring the effects of colonialism among Filipinos (Psychologytoday.com)

"So yes, colonial mentality—particularly skin-whitening—has been on many Filipinos’ minds lately. But as Philippines Vice President Leny Robredo acknowledged when I asked her about it, it’s a centuries-old issue, and there’s been plenty of work on it, going as far back as Jose Rizal! Indeed, many folks have documented and shared their painful stories, struggles, confusions, and heartaches about colonial mentality throughout the years." Based on the CMS, there seem to be at least five...

Keeping Kids in Families [AECF.org]

In this data snapshot, the Annie E. Casey Foundation examines how placements for young people in foster care have changed from 2007 to 2017. Using data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Casey finds that child welfare systems are doing a better job of placing kids in families. At the same time, racial disparities persist for kids of all ages and progress eludes teens in care. To push for further progress, the four-page snapshot tells how states can leverage the federal Family...

Mayor Michael Victorino Comes Out as a Victim of Sexual Assault, Breaking Decades-Long Silence [MauiTime]

Editor’s note: This story discusses sexual assault, including a first-person account. Individuals triggered by this article or in need of help are encouraged to seek support. The Maui Sexual Assault Center can be reached at 808-873-8624 (24-hour hotline) and Childandfamilyservice.org. Chances are, you know a victim of sexual assault. Sexual assault and rape, sometimes referred to as a silent epidemic, impacts an untold, large portion of society. According to the National Sexual Violence...

Standing Strong – The knowledge, skills and peer support parents need to lead (www.risemagazine.org)

Cissy's note: I admire the work of this parent-led and parent-focused organization. I read everything they post. For those not familiar with what they do, this is a recent interview with three staffers and gives a really good look at what and how they work to support families and make systems change. Here's an excerpt. The full piece is here. To read more of this piece recently published in Rise Magazine, go here.

Milwaukee County Leaders Proclaim Racism is a Public Health Crisis [Urban Milwaukee]

Following the lead from the Wisconsin Public Health Association, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and County Board Vice Chairwoman Marcelia Nicholson, proclaim racism is a public health crisis , and are actively taking steps to achieve racial equity throughout Milwaukee County. MILWAUKEE (April 4, 2019) – During National Public Health Week, County Executive Abele and County Board Vice Chairwoman Nicholson proclaim that racism is a public health crisis in Milwaukee County. Following the...

From ruined bridges to dirty air, EPA scientists price out the cost of climate change [LA Times]

By the end of the century, the manifold consequences of unchecked climate change will cost the U.S. hundreds of billions of dollars per year, according to a new study by scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency. Those costs will come in multiple forms, including water shortages, crippled infrastructure and polluted air that shortens lives, according to the study in Monday’s edition of Nature Climate Change. No part of the country will be untouched, the EPA researchers warned.

Adverse childhood experiences are different than child trauma, and it’s critical to understand why (www.childtrends.org)

Cissy's note: As more of us are learning about and sharing information on ACEs, more of us are reading and seeing questions, criticism, commentary, and guidance about if, when, where, how, and who should (or shouldn't) be asking, screening, talking about, using ACEs terminology and framing and how it confuses or expands the more clinical, medical, and traditional concepts of what traumatic stress is and how it's best responded to. I have my own opinions, of course, which is why I joined this...

From Trauma to Resilience: One Doctor’s Journey to Transform Trauma-Informed Care [National Council of Behavioral Health]

Trauma – an event, series of events or set of circumstances, such as neglect and abuse, that is experienced by an individual as harmful or life-threatening – is a nearly universal experience. The landmark Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study , conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente, revealed that experiences of trauma can impact every area of a person’s functioning. When Brigid McCaw, M.D., first started practicing medicine, research around the...

Dalai Lama Presides Over Global Launch of Emory’s SEE Learning Program in New Delhi [Buddhistdoor Global]

His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the SEE Learning launch. Photo from businessworld.in His Holiness the Dalai Lama last week presided over a three-day event in New Delhi marking the global launch of the landmark Social, Emotional and Ethical (SEE) Learning program developed by Emory University in collaboration with the Dalai Lama Trust and the Vana Foundation. The 4–6 April gathering in the Indian capital, featuring a host of educational experts and policy leaders from around the world,...

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