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May 2019

How To Be Culturally Sensitive Working with Clients with a Range of Identities

Cultural sensitivity is crucial for providers to build trust with patients of all different backgrounds. Failure to do so may lead to poorer health outcomes for individuals with low incomes or from racial or ethnic minority groups. Service providers can actively engage in a variety of strategies to educate themselves about different cultures and make more accurate diagnoses. These strategies include asking themselves questions about their own privilege, the individual needs and identities of...

A $17 Million Boost From The Arnold Foundation Will Fund Research And Innovation To Reduce Prison Populations [witnessla.com]

Taylor Walker, Witness LA , May 17, 2019 On Wednesday, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, through its Arnold Ventures company, announced $17 million in funding to further reduce the nation’s 1.5 million-person prison population, as well as to boost prison data collection and research, to “reorient prison cultures,” to improve prison conditions for those inside, and to improve reentry services for people exiting the prison system. In the United States, where nearly 25 percent of the...

The Racial Wealth Gap in Readers’ Eyes [nytimes.com]

Courtney E. Martin, The New York Times , May 15, 2019 Does anyone deserve to be poor? It’s a question, I realize, at the heart of the enduring economic inequality in the United States. It’s part of what makes reporting on it, much less finding solutions for it, so challenging. Over the last three weeks, I wrote about the racial wealth gap — offering first a context for thinking about the gap between whites and people of color, then describing a move in California to stop charging recently...

A Waste of 1,000 Research Papers [theatlantic.com]

Ed Yong, The Atlantic , May 17, 2019 In 1996, a group of European researchers found that a certain gene, called SLC6A4, might influence a person’s risk of depression. It was a blockbuster discovery at the time. The team found that a less active version of the gene was more common among 454 people who had mood disorders than in 570 who did not. In theory, anyone who had this particular gene variant could be at higher risk for depression, and that finding, they said, might help in diagnosing...

GAO report on challenges that states face in addressing child trauma

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on May 22 on the challenges that states face in their efforts to support children affected by trauma. The findings were based in part on interviewing state and local officials in six states (Colorado, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, Washington, and Wisconsin) along with questionnaires to 16 states. The request for the report was made by two Illinois members of Congress, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and Congressman Danny Davis, and...

Claire’s story: Claire shares her nightmare. Part 49.

By P. Berman, A. Hosack & K. Hecht, It’s risky. What will she think? You must do it. You can’t chance really hurting Davy. It was very real, yet very weird but Claire was arguing with herself. This two-sided, one-person argument had been going on since early this morning. There was no one to distract her from this now because Mr. Carson hadn’t entered the building since Claire had jumped out of the car right at the street corner. This had become the norm since the first time Claire did...

America’s Cities Are Going Mindful (mindful.org)

Imagine what our communities would be like if mindfulness and compassion were at the heart of city leadership. This vision is driving the Mindful Cities Initiative, a new social innovation project of the Foundation for a Mindful Society. The Mindful Cities Initiative heralds a new phase in the development of mindfulness in society. People are increasingly talking about the benefits of mindfulness practice in holistic terms: about personal wellness and public health, about mindfulness in the...

I'm Here and I Matter!

Children who experience shame have a difficult time asking for what they need. They express themselves through subterfuge, manipulation, challenging behavior. The message is almost always the same. They are asking for connection...In so doing, no matter how they do it, they are risking the rejection they most fear.

There's a way to connect homeless people with their loved ones - and you can be a part of it. (nationswell.com)

Miracle Messages is a nonprofit “reunion service” that reconnects people experiencing homelessness with their loved ones. The nonprofit sends volunteers out to record messages through video, audio and text, and with the help of volunteer online “detectives,” finds and shares those messages with loved ones. There are over half a million homeless people in the United States, and a variety of ways people who experience homelessness lose touch with loved ones. It might be something as...

The Relentless School Nurse: What Happened at School Today - There are Just Some Things Nursing School Can’t Prepare You For

Aaron Schaidle, BSN, RN is a new school nurse working in Indiana. He contacted me via Twitter to share his view of why we need a school nurse in every school. Aaron provides a compelling perspective on safe staffing, through his lens as a new school nurse. I appreciate Aaron adding his voice to this important discussion. The health and safety of our students and staff are at risk, why is this even a question in 2019? But, as we know it is...there is no shortage of school nurses willing to...

Solano County (CA) launches its ACEs and resilience initiative inviting all to take action

Elizabeth Huntley recalls the day when her family’s life was turned upside down. “One day my mom woke up and she packed up all of our clothes, all five of us…and she took me and my younger sister who had the same father… down to my paternal grandmother’s house…and she left us there. She took my middle sister to a town near Birmingham, Ala., and left her there. She took my only brother and an older sister back to Huntsville and left them at a sister’s house. Then she went back to that housing...

How Cities Can Ensure Fair, Affordable Transit Amid A Glut Of Emerging Transportation Technologies [psmag.com]

Being an urban transportation planner these days is no walk (or e-scooter ride) in the park. A well-intentioned city official will strive to allocate street space to benefit the most people—especially those of limited means—but the rapid pace of technological change makes things ever more complicated. Indeed, it's hard for even the savviest of experts to anticipate which new modes of transportation will succeed and which are merely fads. And urbanites enthused about a new service will be...

The Supreme Court Upheld Treaty Rights For The Crow Nation [psmag.com]

The Supreme Court upheld the federal government's 19th-century treaty with the Montana -based Crow Tribe this week, in what community advocates and legal experts are heralding as a victory for Native American rights . The case reaffirms the Constitutional supremacy of treaty rights signed between the United States and Native nations, amid continued standoffs between tribal and state administrations over the historic agreements. On Monday, the court ruled 5–4 to uphold an 1868 treaty between...

Claire’s Story: She feels the blood dripping off her hands. Part 48.

By A. Hosack, K. Hecht, & P. Berman I hurt my Davy again. I hurt him bad. There is blood everywhere. How could I do it? Claire had come upstairs from her part-time job at the grocery store. She was covered in sweat and exhausted from putting food on the shelves. What did she find, when she just wanted to strip and take a cold shower? Davy cutting up her new diploma from Dental Hygiene School. She was supposed to hang this on her wall at work! This was her proof she was really a...

Introducing Lincoln Staff and a Former Student, Hosts of 2019 BPT Conference Screenings of Paper Tigers and Resilience

On June 26th during the Beyond Paper Tigers 2019 Conference, CRI will be screening two documentary films by KPJR and directed by Jamie Redford- Paper Tigers, and Resilience: Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope. We are excited and fortunate to be joined by Dianna Cardenas, Shelly Phipps, Jayne Eacker, and Erica (Riki) Wauchek- a former student of Lincoln High School and current staff. Shelly Phipps, Intervention Specialist, and Dianna Cardenas, Lincoln graduate of 2014 will open the...

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