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July 2020

Baby courts: A proven approach to stop the multigenerational transmission of ACES in child welfare; new efforts to establish courts nationwide

The organization Zero To Three estimates that in the U.S., a child is taken into the child welfare system every six seconds. “Many of society’s most intractable problems can be traced back to childhood adversity. Being in the child welfare system increases the likelihood of more adversity and criminality. Baby court is a proven approach to healing the trauma of both child and parent, and breaking the cycle of maltreatment,” says Mimi Graham, Ed.D ., director of the Florida State University...

NIH Project Homes In on COVID-19 Racial Disparities [californiahealthline.org]

By Ashley Gold, California Healthline, July 20, 2020 While the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black and Hispanic Americans is no secret, federal officials have launched studies of the disparity that they hope will better prepare the country for the next great epidemic. The National Institutes of Health began the ambitious “All of Us” research project in 2018 with the goal of enrolling at least a million people in the world’s most diverse health database. Officials saw it as an...

Registration is open for the 2020 National Handle with Care Virtual Conference! [wvsp.gov]

From WV Center for Children’s Justice and the WV Children’s Justice Task Force, July 2020 Our agency is dedicated to a trauma informed response to child maltreatment and children’s exposure to crime, violence and abuse. We are proud to announce the 2020 National Handle with Care Conference. The 2020 Handle with Care Conference is going virtual this year with one 90 minute session at a time every week. You will be able to attend every session this year. No more having to choose from one out...

Lead a Journey of Healing

This training designed to give the participant a working knowledge of how to engage in the process of trauma treatment. Focusing not only on interventions, but how to sequence the interventions to maximize outcomes. This training contains 19 hours of on-demand video and 24 downloadable resources.

Surviving Spirit Newsletter July 2020

Hi Folks, The latest edition of the Surviving Spirit Newsletter is posted at the website - http://newsletters.survivingspirit.com/index.php To sign up for an e-mail copy, please write to me @ mikeskinner@comcast.net or sign up @ Website via Contact Us. FYI - The Surviving Spirit newsletter has been going out for many years. The idea behind the newsletter is to share news, resources and helpful information that could help any and all who have been impacted by the concerns of trauma, abuse or...

How Can Subsidized Jobs Help the Most Disadvantaged Workers Recover from the COVID-19 Recession? [mdrc.org]

By Leigh Parise, MDRC, July 20, 2020 Subsidized employment uses public funds to create jobs for the unemployed and are especially useful during economic downturns. Many have argued that subsidized employment programs should be part of policymakers’ response to pandemic-induced mass joblessness. MDRC has been studying subsidized employment for more than 40 years and recently completed two large-scale federal projects that rigorously tested 13 subsidized employment programs in eight states.

In Ultra-Wealthy Greenwich, Teen Parties Lead to Jump in Virus Cases [NYTimes]

“For the past six months we have been living through a pandemic.” I say that as a matter of fact because the truth is that at some point our innate systems begin to falter. Our organisms were not meant to stay on high alert for extended periods of time. Much like other systems, our fight, flight, or freeze responses are intended to help us navigate acute life or death situations and then organically return to balance. In order for us to be in our healthiest state, these systems must maintain...

Less stress, better grades: With schools closed, some kids thrive [latimes.com]

By Andrew J. Campa, Los Angeles Times, July 29, 2020 Those annoying puffy spots under the eyes of eighth-grader Natalie Alvarez began to disappear, followed by the 10 a.m. hunger bouts and the midafternoon yawns — much to the Carson girl’s delight and surprise. At first, Natalie, 14, had resisted the distance learning thrust upon her when schools closed amid the coronavirus emergency. “I was worried about the distractions of being home with my mom and my sister and doing extra chores,”...

Trump boasts of pushing low-income housing out of suburbs [politico.com]

By Matthew Choi, Politico, July 29, 2020 President Donald Trump is pining for support in the suburbs, and pushing out low-income housing is playing a part in his bid to get it. In a set of tweets and in remarks in Texas on Wednesday, Trump bragged about his administration’s rescinding an Obama-era fair housing rule that was meant to combat housing discrimination. He characterized low-income housing as a detriment to the suburbs and claimed that Democrats were out to uproot and destroy...

African American mayors lay out a plan for police reform without 'defunding' [washingonpost.com]

By Tom Jackman, The Washington Post, July 27, 2020 In the movement to reform American policing, some of the most powerful players, with the most immediate options available, are the country’s mayors. They typically can hire or fire police chiefs, influence police departments to change policies, oversee city budgets, and negotiate collective bargaining agreements with police unions. Realizing this, the nation’s black mayors gathered last month and devised a Peace Pact for Community Centered...

Cafe #2-Wellness at the Workplace in the time of COVID & Societal Change [healthfederation.org]

By Philadelphia ACE Task Force, July 30, 2020 Workplace Stress? Real-world workplace action steps for wellness in this Virtual Cafe - 2nd in this series Service to others is rewarding, but struggling to manage stress, sometimes traumatic stress, can be challenging for health, mental health, first responders, and other service providers when providing care to others. This cafe session shares the story from Support Center for Child Advocates about how their workplace is grappling with...

Culture of Health Prize 2021 Call for Applications [rwjf.org]

From Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, July 30, 2020 The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize (the Prize) elevates the compelling stories of places where residents are working together to transform education, jobs, transportation, housing, and more so better health flourishes for all. A Culture of Health recognizes that where we live—such as our access to affordable homes, quality schools, good jobs, and reliable transportation—affects how long and how well we live.

Leadership Check-Up Series: Developing Your Resiliency as a Public Health Professional [astho.org]

From Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, July 30, 2020 Join us for Leadership Check-Up Series: Developing Your Resiliency as a Public Health Professional , a special webinar offering from ASTHO and the National Council for Behavioral Health’s Behavioral Health Training Institute (BHTI). As our nation continues to struggle with COVID-19, public health professionals working on the front lines leading activities may be feeling angry, confused, stressed, and dismayed. Join...

How Can Local Government Address Systemic Racism? [governing.com]

Peniel Joseph, one of the nation’s leading civil rights scholars, has studied and written about the history of race and democracy. He has some ideas on how cities and urban areas can begin to dismantle racism. CARL SMITH, SENIOR STAFF WRITER | JULY 23, 2020 Peniel E. Joseph, Ph.D ., is the founder of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a joint professorship in the LBJ School of Public Affairs, as the Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and...

White employees see themselves as allies—but Black women and Latinas disagree [leanin.org]

About the study These findings are from an online poll conducted by LeanIn.Org and SurveyMonkey between June 19, 2020, and June 25, 2020. Our sample consists of approximately 7,400 U.S. adults ages 18 and over. Unless otherwise noted, the findings reflect responses from people who were either employed or temporarily furloughed at the time of the survey. Most white employees see themselves as allies to people of color at work When “allyship” is defined as “using one’s power or position to...

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