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August 2019

Podcast: Alison Cebulla Discusses Paid Parental Leave, Toxic Stress, and ACEs on Hometown Radio Show

Click here to listen here to the audio recording. This summer I joined Hometown Radio Show host Dave Congalton to discuss a series of public health issues. I'm Alison and I'm a Master of Public Health student at Boston University. I spent the summer interning for ACEs Connection. In this episode, which was broadcast live from San Luis Obispo, CA on July 30, 2019 at 5pm, and was #3 in the series of 4 episodes, we discussed the absence of federal level paid parental leave policy in the United...

From Northern Maine: The Van Buren Resiliency Project (VBRP)

This is just a short message to let you know that we are active and after our "sort of" summer break, we're looking forward to the coming months. I have attached a short description of our mission and vision as well as what we hope to do. I am also appending a link to an article on the AcesConnection website that describes the Maine Resilience Building Network: https://www.acesconnection. com/blog/maine-resilience- building-network-catalyzing-a- statewide-movement . We are affiliated with...

Dr. Felitti

Who thinks Dr. Felitti deserves the Congressional Medal of Honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and a Nobel? ACES Connection should be involved in promoting his recognition.

Claire's Story: Loneliness and shame. Part 84.

By K. Hecht, P. Berman & A. Hosack I still want Larry but…I feel less ashamed of it. I understand more why it’s so hard to let go. Claire was back in her favorite spot in the woods behind the Carsons’ house. She had filled another five pages of her notebook. She had started a habit of spending twenty “mindful” moments after she did this. Trying to let her memories float through her head, recognizing the positive and negative ones but not judging herself for why she had these feelings.

The Issue of "Other ACEs".

Using a purist’s definition of ACEs means we only consider the original study's ten questions designed to identify incidents of abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction that might cause the kind of sustained toxic stress that defines adversity and has lifelong mental and physical health implications.However, being a trauma-informed and ACEs-aware member of society doesn’t just mean knowing what ACEs are. We need to become a kind of mental detective to understand what else ACEs might be.

Resilient College Students

As a person with an ACE score of 9, I look back on the years that I did not function "normally." My freshman year of college . I could only imagine what life was like for the students that I saw a regular basis. My fabulous Intern from North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and my awesome CollegeTRY facilitator surveyed students about their level of RESILIENCE. They developed a forum with the assistance of the NCCU Department of Pubic Health Education. Resilient NCCU Video Achieving Health...

AHHH! Resilience Design Thinking Workshop

One size does not fit all but all can fit together. The Design Thinking Workshop followed 7 focus groups. The groups were convened gain input from multi-cultural socioeconomically diverse to understand what the COMMUNITY defined as "their embraced resilience." We came together to dig deeper. What would it mean to have a toolkit that could be used by various sectors? One of the most poignant focus group responses from a participant that expressed that her resilience was song. She then broke...

The Relentless School Nurse: My Father's Eulogy

Over the next week or so there will be articles about the murder of my father's family because unbelievably it will the 70th anniversary on 9/6/2019. We buried my father exactly 10 years ago, on the 60th anniversary 9/6/2009. I truly don't know where the last 10 years have gone, but here we are, another anniversary is upon us. For me, this means bracing myself for newspaper stories, ripe with horrific photos of the killer and scenes from the murders where 13 people were brutally slaughtered...

Painted Stories of Police Brutality and the Power of Community are Uniting Neighborhoods Across New York [nationswell.com]

By Monica Humphries, Nationswell, August 28, 2019 Walking down Manhattan Avenue, on the edge of the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, passersby are met with an enormous black-and-blue mural bearing the somber message, “I Just Want to Come Home.” The mural, sprawled across the side of a grocery store, wasn’t created by a woke graffiti artist. It was painted by a team of young men in response to the complex relationship between men of color and police officers. That mural is one of...

Immigrant Health: Anchoring Public Health Practice in a Justice Framework [aphapublications.org]

By Barbara Ferrer, American Journal of Public Health The nexus between policy actions and immigrant health is central in this issue of AJPH in two articles by Young and Wallace (p. 1171) and Rothstein and Coughlin (p. 1179), serving as a reminder of the need for public health practitioners to adopt a framework that explicitly connects the dimensions of social determinants of health with population health outcomes. Such a framework incorporates a root cause analysis to elucidate the factors...

A Child Bumps Her Head. What Happens Next Depends on Race. [nytimes.com]

By Jessica Horan-Block, The New York Times, August 24, 2019 When a child experiences a mild head injury and a parent seeks medical attention, what happens next in New York City seems to depend on the ZIP code and the color of the parent’s skin. In April, the actress Jenny Mollen, wife of the actor Jason Biggs and resident of Manhattan’s affluent West Village, announced on social media that she had accidentally dropped her 5-year-old son, causing a skull fracture and requiring treatment in...

The Surviving Spirit Newsletter August 2019

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, Thanks! Michael. Newsletter Contents : 1] The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS 2] Art and Healing Organizations & Programs - One of the Most Comprehensive Online Resources of Art & Healing 3] How does music therapy work? Brain study...

Webinar: Building Transformational Resilience for Climate Change Traumas and Toxic Stresses

Live Webinar: Building Transformational Resilience for Climate Change Traumas and Toxic Stresses Monday, October 28 th , 2019 12:00-1:30 PM PDT You will learn: how climate change creates personal, family, and community traumas and toxic stresses; how those traumatic stressors trigger feedbacks that expand and aggravate ACEs and many other person, social, community, and societal maladies; why current approaches are woefully inadequate to address what is already occurring and rapidly steaming...

What’s the Role of Physicians in the Aftermath of Mass Shootings? [mdlinx.com]

By Naveed Saleh, MDLinx, August 29, 2019 Domestic terrorism has become a nationwide epidemic—and it’s contagious. As of this writing, there have been 271 mass shootings in 2019, leaving 290 people dead and 1,121 injured, according to the non-profit organization Gun Violence Archive. In early August, the mass shootings in Dayton, OH, and El Paso, TX, resulted in the deaths of 31 people in less than one day’s time. Researchers have found that mass shootings are contagious, in the sense that...

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