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August 2019

The Young Hands that Feed Us [psmag.com]

By Karen Coates and Valeria Fernandez, Pacific Standard, July 9, 2019 It was the last day of March of 2018, the day before Easter, the season of onions. By mid-morning, 16-year-old Berenise had already loaded a few pails. She held sharp, rusty shears that demanded careful precision; one slip, and they could take a finger. Berenise worked alongside her 10-year-old brother, Salvador, and her parents a few paces away. Sunlight beamed across mile after mile of flat green fields, broken only by a...

When You Feel the Pain of the World [psychcentral.com]

By Connie L. Habash, PsychCentral, July 13, 2019 On the path of growth and spiritual development, we often become increasingly attuned to others and our world. Our ability to feel compassion deepens. Concerns about war in the middle east, human trafficking, global warming, and poaching of elephants for their ivory tusks, among many other issues, may weigh heavily on our hearts. As we heal our own inner pain, we may simultaneously be feeling the suffering of others. This can cause us to take...

Global Approaches to Well-Being: What We Are Learning [rwjf.org]

By Alonzo L. Plough, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, July 29, 2019 Three years ago, it dawned on me that the concept of “well-being” might lead to a world of learning opportunities that could deepen and broaden the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) work to build a Culture of Health. I was in Copenhagen, at the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, for a meeting about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and developing measures for well-being. As I listened,...

California Today: Sausalito Marin City School District to Desegregate After State Inquiry [nytimes.com]

By Inyoung Kang, The New York Times, August 12, 2019 Nestled in the scenic hills across the bay from San Francisco, the heavily white enclave of Sausalito is home to a thriving, racially and economically integrated charter school. And about a mile away, in the more diverse community of Marin City, is an overwhelmingly black and Hispanic public school. This division within the Sausalito Marin City School District was intentional, the state Justice Department found after a two-year...

In Chicago, Rethinking the Link Between Crime and Incarceration [theappeal.org]

By Kira Lerner, The Appeal, August 5, 2019 A new report shows that a progressive approach, like the one advanced by Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, can help decrease jail populations--and crime. Incarceration has long been touted as a necessary deterrent to crime. But across the country, just the opposite is proving true: Progressive prosecutors are successfully reducing incarceration without any corresponding increase in crime rates. In Chicago, crime is dropping. According to a new...

How Early-Life Challenges Affect how Children Focus, Face the Day [Washington.edu]

By Kim Eckart, UW News, June 4, 2019 Experiences such as poverty, residential instability, or parental divorce or substance abuse, also can lead to changes in a child’s brain chemistry, muting the effects of stress hormones. These hormones rise to help us face challenges, stress or to simply “get up and go.” Together, these impacts to executive function and stress hormones create a snowball effect, adding to social and emotional challenges that can continue through childhood. A new...

ACEs Research Corner — August 2019

[Editor's note: Dr. Harise Stein at Stanford University edits a web site -- abuseresearch.info -- that focuses on the health effects of abuse, and includes research articles on ACEs. Every month, she's posting the summaries of the abstracts and links to research articles that address only ACEs. Thank you, Harise!! — Jane Stevens] Clemens V, Berthold O, Witt A, et. al. Child maltreatment is mediating long-term consequences of household dysfunction. Eur Psychiatry. 2019 May;58:10-18. PMID:...

A Common Trait Among Mass Killers: Hatred Toward Women [nytimes.com]

By Julie Bosman, Kate Taylor, and Tim Arango, The New York Times, August 10, 2019 The man who shot nine people to death last weekend in Dayton, Ohio, seethed at female classmates and threatened them with violence. The man who massacred 49 people in an Orlando nightclub in 2016 beat his wife while she was pregnant, she told authorities. The man who killed 26 people in a church in Sutherland Springs, Tex., in 2017 had been convicted of domestic violence. His ex-wife said he once told her that...

After El Paso And Dayton: Resilience In The Face Of Trauma [forbes.com]

By Chloe Demrovsky, Forbes, August 10, 2019 One week ago, America yet again faced tragedy as gunmen in two unrelated incidents shot into crowds at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas and an active nightlife area in Dayton, Ohio. The combined death toll stands at 31. The nation is in near perpetual mourning and grim about the prospect of facing more mass shootings. Terrorism, whether domestic or international, has a broad effect on our collective wellbeing that extends far beyond the immediate...

Sacramento County left $126M in State Mental Health Funds Unspent. Now it has a New Plan [sacbee.com]

By Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks, The Sacramento Bee, August 12, 2019 Sacramento County has yet to spend $126.1 million in allocated state money meant to invest in mental health services, even as the region wrestles with a growing crisis in hospital emergency rooms, in police calls and on city streets. In light of the significant cache amassed through the state’s Mental Health Services Act, Sacramento County Board of Supervisors approved a proposal last week to spend more money, more quickly.

16 Communities Join ACEs Connection: August 2019

Please welcome these 16 communities from CA, CT, FL, IN, IL, and OR to ACEs Connection . More i nformation about each one of them is below. You can also find theses communities among this list of all our communities . Brevard County (FL) ACEs Connection We are a collective of educators, health care professionals, community members and more who work to prevent and reverse the effects of childhood traumas such as adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Our goal is to brighten the future for...

Pitt Urban Education Forum Explores Disrupting School-to-Prison Pipeline [diverseeducation.com]

By LaMont Jones, Diverse Education, August 12, 2019 Using education and activism to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline is an ongoing battle that is as fierce as ever, according to speakers at the 2019 Summer Educator Forum presented by the Center for Education at the University of Pittsburgh. In panel discussions and breakout sessions during the three-day event in July, a record 450 students, teachers, administrators, scholars, activists and experts in education, criminal justice and...

ACEs Group Shows its Hand to School Board [parkrapidsenterprise.com]

By Robin D. Fish, Park Rapids Enterprise, August 10, 2019 The Park Rapids Area School Board on Monday heard a presentation by the community’s ACEs Committee about the school’s central role in the drive to make Park Rapids a trauma-informed community. Speaking for ACES MN, a local group started under the auspices of ACTION Park Rapids to address adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), five presenters reviewed the area’s first ACEs Summit, held Feb. 13 at the high school. Lisa Coborn,...

Arizona Among Worst in Helping its Most Vulnerable Children [yourvalley.net]

By Chris Caraveo, Independent News Media, August 12, 2019 Children are the future adults of the world, and some countries are doing more to help their youth better than others. August is Child Support Awareness Month, and with the U.S. having the seventh highest child poverty rate among economically-developed countries, personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2019’s States with the Most Underprivileged Children. Arizona has the 11th most underprivileged children, per the...

Experts Note Link Between Adverse Childhood Experiences, Mass Shooters [leadertelegram.com]

By Emily Pyrek, La Crosse Tribune, August 9, 2019 In the aftermath of the recent trio of gun massacres in the United States, social workers, psychologists and researchers in La Crosse and nationwide are calling attention to the effects of adverse childhood experiences, as trauma in their formative years appears to be a commonality among many mass shooters. Lacie Ketelhut, trauma-informed care community coordinator at Gundersen Health System, has been a prominent local voice in spreading...

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