June 2020

Connections Spotlight — Understanding through a multicultural lens the role historical trauma impacts healing, wellness [Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth Connections]

" Historical trauma impacts so many of our community members and it is a topic that is not always openly discussed and well understood in mainstream society. Further, it is often not considered when designing helping programs, systems or overall prevention programming and worse when placing judgements against groups of people. Each culture, each individual has their own story to tell, their own traditions, spiritual and cultural practices and so many have had those life components disrupted...

Returning to the Great Mother to Heal Historical Trauma

My early life was defined by deep emotional pain and turmoil. In exchange for all that I endured, I was gifted reunification with the Motherland. As a young person, I stood on the same shore where my ancestors lost their freedom as the clear blue ocean water licked my feet and enticed me with her beauty. It was an anointing. Finally, I was home. For the past 27 years, I have been deeply submerged in West African culture. Throughout that time, I have lived on and off the Continent; spending...

ACEs Champion Dana Kwitnicki — An ACEs Tale of Two Counties

Growing up in suburban New Jersey, Dana Kwitnicki, a physician assistant, says she always wanted to be in health care. Her dad is a dentist, her mother a teacher, and she grew up with several other family members also in medicine. Kwitnicki learned about becoming a PA while attending Northeastern University in Boston, MA, where she earned a degree in health sciences. After undergraduate school, she earned a Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies at Philadelphia University through a vigorous...

A Better Normal- Education Upended, canceled for 7/3 (Happy 4th!) Next Episode 7/9

Next Episode of A Better Normal-Education Upended July 9th, 2020- 12 PST ACEsConnection is on holiday July 3rd but please join us on July 9th as we host special guest Pamela Black to discuss a back to school survey that aims to gather information from staff regarding what they need to feel safe in their return to school. If you want to catch up on past Better Normal-Education Upended over the holiday weekend we have our own YouTube channel ! Have a safe holiday and see you July 9th! Weekly...

Newsletter: California reaches milestone with ACEs initiatives pulsing in all 58 counties

Karen Clemmer, the Northwest community facilitator with ACEs Connection, was already deeply interested in the CDC/Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study when she and a colleague from the Child Parent Institute were invited to lunch by ACEs Connection founder and publisher Jane Stevens in 2012. But that lunch meeting changed everything. Karen Clemmer “Jane helped us see a bigger world,” says Clemmer. “She came with a much wider lens. She didn’t look only at Sonoma County, she...

Community of Practice, Vitality of Relationship

Please express interest for this interdisciplinary, online Community of Practice by July 15th: https://wertknowing.com/online-community The presence, connection, and trust born of authentic relationship are necessary for integral Early Childhood Learning & Wellness. Please consider joining this interdisciplinary Community of Practice (online) to build relationships with others who are committed to justice and equity for all children, families, and communities. Connected, we can! Let’s...

Did you know ACEs Connection has a Speakers & Trainers Bureau?

The ACEs Connection Speakers & Trainers Bureau allows you to search for ACEs & Trauma-informed speakers & trainers! You can locate speakers & trainers in your local area on the Map tab and access their speaker/trainer profile pages, allowing you to message them directly. Speakers & trainers are organized into 15+ different sectors(such as faith based, education, youth organizations, ect.), with many more subsections to also sort by. So far, we have speakers & trainers...

Opinion: I'm a Black Climate Expert. Racism Derails Our Efforts to Save the Planet. [billmoyers.com]

By Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, Moyers on Democracy, June 24, 2020 Here is an incomplete list of things I left unfinished last week because America’s boiling racism and militarization are deadly for Black people: a policy memo to members of Congress on accelerating offshore wind energy development in US waters; the introduction to my book on climate solutions; a presentation for a powerful corporation on how technology can advance ocean-climate solutions; a grant proposal to fund a network of...

How the Police Could be Defunded [newyorker.com]

By Alexis Okeowo, The New Yorker, June 26, 2020 On June 11th, near twilight, Camara Jackson was in Marcus Garvey Village, a sprawling low-income housing complex in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Brownsville, checking in with residents and handing out hand sanitizer, masks, and gloves. Jackson is the executive director of Elite Learners, a community anti-violence organization that tries to mediate conflict on the street without the involvement of the police. Jackson was with her team of...

Are You Willing to Give Up Your Privilege? [nytimes.com]

By Darren Walker, The New York Times, June 25, 2020 I have lived on both sides of American inequality. I began life in the bottom 1 percent but found my way to the top. And I know, all too personally, that the distance between the two never has been greater. Last winter, at a black-tie gala — the kind of event where guests pay $100,000 for a table — I joined some of New York’s wealthiest philanthropists in an opulently decorated ballroom. I had the ominous sense that we were eating lobster...

Now is the right moment to measure educational disparities [edsource.org]

By Christopher Edley, JR. and Maria Echaveste, EdSource, June 25, 2020 Weeks of racial justice protests and the coronavirus pandemic have together drawn much-needed attention to the race-based disparities embedded in our institutions, from policing to health care. These disparities are also deeply rooted in our communities and schools. During these prolonged school disruptions, Black, Latinx and low-income students have been disproportionately affected. As we learned in real-time, these...

Resilience for Children & Families: Being Brave When Things are Hard

Building Resilience with Children During Racial Discrimination & Violence: This attached Resilience Brief for Children has been the hardest one I have written yet. I have been an active advocate for the equal treatment of people from all backgrounds, religions, ethnic heritages, orientations, and families my entire life. It is hard to see the pain present today, not only due to COVID19 but also due to the harm and anger we see daily in the news. I want to share a story about the person...

Unbecoming an Armadillo: Recovering from Trauma with EMDR

Unbecoming an Armadillo By: Victoria F. Burns, PhD, LSW Victoriafrances49@gmail.com Instagram: @betesandbites “When you are traumatized, you are basically in a permanent defensive mode” — Gabor Mate I’m sitting across from Meg on her charcoal grey love seat. My forearms are resting on a velvety mustard-yellow throw cushion and I’m holding crescent shaped pulsers in each hand. Meg’s my psychologist; a rare gem who specializes in chronic illness and trauma. Every two weeks, we spend an hour...

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