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May 2021

ACEs Aware: Faces of ACEs

ACE Overcomers and The Family Resource Center of Merced County are dedicated to transforming the lives of men, women, and children exposed to ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and trauma throughout Merced County. The two Merced County agencies have released an educational video about the effects of childhood trauma and how to overcome such adversity. The goal of this video is to educate parents/caregivers and the public about the impact of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences), and how to...

OK25by25 Five Year Update Presentation Video Streaming Links [pottsfamilyfoundation.org]

We are excited that the Ok25by25 Early Childhood Coalition 5 Year Update is just around the corner. The presentation will "go live" on Monday, May 10th at 10:00 a.m. Our keynote speaker is Rob Grunewald, economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, who will be introduced by Secretary of Human Services Justin Brown. Four interactive discussions take place between two service providers in each of four topic areas (and OK25by25 metrics) including Child Poverty, Teen Pregnancy, Food...

Brené with Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Bruce D. Perry on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing [brenebrown.com]

From Brené Brown, May 5, 2021 This week I’m talking to Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Bruce Perry about their new book, What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing . We define trauma and talk about why big and small traumas activate our stress response systems and create emotional, physical, and social consequences, and how we can find the path to healing. [ Please click here to listen to the podcast .]

CPP's Fritzi Horstman interviews Jason Hernandez

Jason Hernandez is an advocate for clemency, process reform, and serves on the board of the Buried Alive Project, which works to eliminate life without parole sentences handed down under federal drug law. Hernandez is known as one of Obama’s eight – the first wave of low level nonviolent drug offenders to be granted clemency by President Barack Obama. While in prison, Hernandez became a respected jailhouse attorney and was paid to work on other prisoners cases.

Conflict at School: Recognize, Extinguish and Avoid

Tension in a child's or parent's school team is painful and unpleasant. Therefore, you should read this article if you or your child were unable to come to a consensus with someone from the school. How conflict differs from bullying Bullying is a deep and systematic problem, and it manifests itself in the form of aggression by some children against others. In bullying, there is always an inequality of power. However, bullying does not always translate into physical attacks - violence can...

Let’s Talk About the Fear Response and Fighting the COVID-19 Virus

The COVID-19 virus has become something that people are terrified of getting. In response to this fear, people are hoarding everything from meat to toilet paper. However, being so afraid has an unexpected consequence, the lowering of the immune system’s ability to fight off disease. This article will focus on the effects of fear on the human body and ways we can mitigate the danger that stress causes when there is a potentially fatal virus floating around. Stress Hormones and the Human...

Let's Get ACEs Science into our Classrooms with PJI Teachers Academy! [Peace and Justice Institute]

Participate in the summer PJI Teachers Academy! The PJI Teachers Academy is a week-long intensive program designed for educators by educators. This immersive cohort-based program supports teachers in reflecting on their lives and current practices and with an eye to deepening equity in their hearts, minds, and classrooms. Based on the latest neuroscience and teaching literature, participants will explore topics such as privilege, race, gender, trauma informed classrooms, ACEs, resilience,...

The Other Side of Languishing Is Flourishing. Here's How To Get There. [nytimes.com]

By Dani Blum, The New York Times, May 4, 2021 With vaccination rates on the rise, hope is in the air. But after a year of trauma, isolation and grief, how long will it take before life finally — finally — feels good? Post-pandemic, the answer to that question may be in your own hands. A growing body of research shows that there are simple steps you can take to recharge your emotional batteries and spark a sense of fulfillment, purpose and happiness. The psychology community calls this lofty...

Joe Biden wants to fix America's school funding gaps. It won't be easy. [chalkbeat.org]

By Matt Barnum, Chalkbeat, April 29, 2021 President Joe Biden and his education secretary Miguel Cardona have been clear: they want to close America’s school funding gaps. “Across the nation, schools with the most students of color received, on average, dramatically less funding than majority-white schools,” Cardona tweeted last week. Biden has already proposed increasing federal spending on schools by doubling funding for Title I. Now, the White House is indicating it wants to go further,...

Trees Talk To Each Other. 'Mother Tree' Ecologist Hears Lessons For People, Too [npr.org]

By Dave Davies, National Public Radio, May 4, 2021 Trees are "social creatures" that communicate with each other in cooperative ways that hold lessons for humans, too, ecologist Suzanne Simard says. Simard grew up in Canadian forests as a descendant of loggers before becoming a forestry ecologist. She's now a professor of forest ecology at the University of British Columbia. Trees are linked to neighboring trees by an underground network of fungi that resembles the neural networks in the...

A Mother, Separated From Her Children at The Border, Comes Home [newyorker.com]

By Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, May 5, 2021 F or the past two years, Keldy Mabel Gonzáles Brebe de Zúniga kept a daily ritual. Rising before dawn, she’d walk toward the border in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, where four bridges lead into El Paso, and visualize herself on the other side. She’s a religious woman known to friends, family, and acquaintances as la pastora , or the pastor. In Juárez, she devoted herself to the city’s population of migrants. Recently deported families would call her...

Childhood Adversity Resilience & Mindfulness (CHARM) Conference

Register here: https://airtable.com/shrtUpZNkxYUGlBrk Asynchronous Modules Module: 1 ACEs Screening in Pediatrics: Going Above and Beyond, Stephanie Marcy, PhD Toxic Stress Physiology, Suzanne Roberts, MD Wellness Programming, Ilanit Brook, MD Multidisciplinary Weight Management, Patty Castillo, MD Social Emotional Determinants of Health, Amanda Daigle, MPH Welcome to the CHARM Conference! Piper Calasanti, MD Module: 2 Building Resilience with Healing Justice, Ashley Bennett, MD and Kelly...

How Trauma Affects the Body: Reflections from Dr. Eric Ball

AAP-OC Chapter Member, Dr. Eric Ball, MD, FAAP, from the CHOC Children's Primary Care Network, has shared a personal experience of the emotional, mental and physical impact after a recent traumatic event in his own life. His story provides insight on children who experience strong, frequent, or prolonged adversity and the impact it can have on their health and well-being if it is not identified and addressed. The ACEs Aware Initiative is equipping providers to take the lead in identifying...

HTN's "NERD OUT" Mondays

HERE this NOW NERD OUT Mondays has been an ongoing Facebook Live event series hosted by HTN founder, Emily Read Daniels. The series offers our audience a sampling of our incredible presenters and a flavor for our upcoming 3rd Annual Trauma Responsive Schools Conference - Polyvagal in Schools: Establishing Felt Safety for the Return to In-Person Learning. Thus far, we have welcomed incredible guests like Dr. Stephen Porges, Dr. Mona Delahooke, Ingrid Cockhren, and most recently, James...

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