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June 2018

Deadline is Monday to submit your project for 2018 ACEs Conference Project Showcase

Are you rocking #ACEsScience and want to give your amazing work a shout out? Share your work in 500 words or less and submit it NOW! The ACEs Conference Project Showcase is a unique way to focus a spotlight on current research, programs, tools or other initiatives that use ACEs science to address childhood adversity and its impact. Before submitting, please consider the following: Project submissions should align with the conference theme of “Action to Access,” and its three intentions to...

ACEs Connection security and privacy updates

On June 5th, Social Strata , which administers our network, finished a several-month process to make ACEs Connection more secure and to give us more control over our information. You'll note that our url now begins with "https", which stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure . It means all communications between your browser and ACEs Connection are encrypted. Also, as the Social Strata folks explained, you may (or may not) be aware, the EU last year passed a strong set of guidelines...

Lincoln Park (Southgate, MI) launches Resilient Schools Project to help reduce impact of childhood trauma on students [thenewsherald.com]

Lincoln Park Public Schools announced Monday that the district is implementing the Resilient Schools Project, an initiative aimed at reducing the impact of childhood trauma on students. With childhood trauma linked to high-risk behaviors from drug abuse to smoking and from promiscuity to depression, the aim is to increase students’ resilience in the face of the adversities around them. The program builds on a holistic education movement centered on the whole child, inside and outside of the...

They're sick, traumatized, malnourished and transient — what child poverty looks like in Los Angeles [latimes.com]

Many of the children who visit the St. John’s Well Child and Family Center at 58th and Hoover in South Los Angeles are anything but well. The dentists treat children who suffer excruciating pain from swollen gums and rotting teeth. “I just had a 2 1/2-year-old I had to refer for full mouth reconstruction,” said Dr. Shidrokh Mafi, who gets frustrated by parents who don’t follow advice about making sure their children brush, floss and avoid baby bottle syndrome — the decay caused by sugars...

After High School, Young Women's Exercise Rates Plunge [npr.org]

Young women, especially young women of color, get less exercise than their male counterparts, and the disparities worsen after high school ends. This is the finding of a new study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. As teens, 88 percent of boys report being physically active compared to 78 percent of girls. Once the days of high school soccer games, track practice and PE class have ended, around 73 percent of young men stay active, but only 62 percent of women do. [For more on...

Treating the Traumatized Child: A Step-by-Step Family Systems Approach by Scott P. Sells and Ellen Souder

Ellen and I began writing this book eight years ago after research with trauma counselors in 14 different states. This book complements ACES Science 101 . It illustrates how the impact of the entire traumatized family (not just the child) causes adverse childhood experiences. In short, we have to treat the entire family that is traumatized, not just the child. As a result, this book was written to address three current gaps in trauma-informed treatment: #1: The Traumatized Child and Family...

Influencing Complex Systems Change [nonprofitquarterly.org]

For many nonprofits, there is little new about trying to move the needle by seeing the big picture, understanding all the pieces, addressing root causes, or influencing institutions and structures. What is different about this moment in time—a time of sustained racism, xenophobia, police brutality, sexual violence, war, gender injustice, gun violence, Islamophobia, climate change, and more—is the immediate urgency and commitment to stretch the bounds of what is possible, to figure out how to...

Wilmington University Offers Trauma-Informed Approaches Certificate Program

Trauma-Informed Approaches (TIA) recognize the impact of trauma on the human experience. Everyone experiences trauma differently, and our experiences create a lens through which we view, and process, stressors. Training in TIA not only enhances professionals’ abilities to recognize and accommodate people in crisis to ensure their success. If applied habitually, these principles allow us to help all students (or clients, or patients), and not just those about whose trauma we are already aware.

Attorney General Denies Asylum To Victims Of Domestic Abuse, Gang Violence [npr.org]

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is imposing sharp new limits on who can get asylum in the United States, ruling in a closely-watched case that most migrants fleeing domestic violence or gang violence will not qualify. "Asylum was never meant to alleviate all problems — even all serious problems — that people face every day all over the world," Sessions said this morning in a speech before immigration judges in Virginia. Sessions announced his decision this afternoon. As attorney general,...

ICE Came for a Tennessee Town’s Immigrants. The Town Fought Back. [nytimes.com]

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. — One morning in April, federal immigration agents swept into a meatpacking plant in this northeastern Tennessee manufacturing town, launching one of the biggest workplace raids since President Trump took office with a pledge to crack down on illegal immigration. Dozens of panicked workers fled in every direction, some wedging themselves between beef carcasses or crouching under bloody butcher tables. About 100 workers, including at least one American citizen, were rounded...

Living Paycheck to Paycheck, and Hour to Hour [citylab.com]

When Lexii Evans, a retail worker in Hartford, Connecticut, was faced with the choice between finishing community college or work ing , she reluctantly chose the latter—and delayed graduation. The decision wasn’t an easy one, but it was getting harder to juggle work and school. Some days, she’d get asked to take an unexpected shift, missing classes or keeping her from finishing homework. It wasn’t that her hours were long—it’s that they were never consistent. Evans’ story is unique, but she...

It’s Young Black Women’s Turn in Michigan [yesmagazine.org]

This spring and summer, about 150 college-age Black women are knocking door-to-door in neighborhoods in Detroit and Hamtramck, Michigan. The state’s primary election is less than two months away, and these young women are campaigning for 23-year-old Myya D. Jones . Jones, who is expected to officially announce her run on Monday, could become the youngest woman elected to the Michigan House of Representatives if she wins the District 4 seat. “I want to get representation for young Black women...

A Graphic Memoir About Working With Youth [jjie.org]

I have worked since 1981 with teenagers who are homeless, runaways, addicted to drugs and alcohol, in the criminal justice system, former gang members and victims of abuse and neglect. I am now the director of Spectrum Youth and Family Services , the largest program in Vermont for this population. I’ve written columns for Youth Today, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post and Forbes. I wrote a book that was published by Paulist Press in 2004. Then I started telling...

Maternal Depression and Intimate Partner Violence: Impacts on Children [aappublications.org]

Among the many adverse childhood experiences, one must consider are the effects of maternal depression and of mothers being the victim of physical or sexual violence. What is the toll of these on children? Neamah et al. ( 10.1542/peds.2017-3457 ) decided to evaluate this by looking at the strength of such an association on the cognitive development as well as physical growth of over a thousand toddlers between 18 to 36 months living in Tanzania. These children underwent developmental testing...

Being Black in America Can Be Hazardous to Your Health [theatlantic.com]

One morning this past September, Kiarra Boulware boarded the 26 bus to Baltimore’s Bon Secours Hospital, where she would seek help for the most urgent problem in her life: the 200-some excess pounds she carried on her 5-foot-2-inch frame. To Kiarra, the weight sometimes felt like a great burden, and at other times like just another fact of life. She had survived a childhood marred by death, drugs, and violence. She had recently gained control over her addiction to alcohol, which, last...

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