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Early Discount 20th Annual Families & Fathers Conference

Call to action- Fathers and Families Coalition of America is nearing the 20th Annual Families and Fathers Conference, March 4-7, 2019 in Los Angeles, California with a comprehensive program that hosts presenters from the United Kingdom, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, Bolivia and throughout the United States. We are providing the conference information for your consideration to participate. We are asking you to share this conference information with your community...

The debate over students with disabilities, suspensions and race [hechingerreport.org]

A look at raw numbers of who is most likely to be suspended from school indicates that black students and students with disabilities* are at the top of the list. For example, 23 percent of black students and 18 percent of students with disabilities were suspended from high school during 2011-12 school year, compared with fewer than 7 percent of white students overall. Combine the categories of black and disability with gender and the statistics are even more troubling. Almost 34 percent, or...

How Do We Count Immigrants' Use of Public Services? [psmag.com]

A researcher at the Cato Institute think tank has accused his counterparts at the Center for Immigration Studies of overstating the proportion of non-citizens who use public services in the United States. The debate over how to assess the use of public resources comes as the public comment period closes for the Trump administration " public charge " proposal that would penalize immigrants for using services like food and health aid . In a recent blog post , Cato Institute senior immigration...

How Gun Violence Affects Life Expectancy Has A Stark Racial Disparity, This Study Shows [bustle.com]

Published on Tuesday, a study in the BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine journal showed how gun deaths drastically affect African Americans . A mixed team of researchers from Boston University School of Medicine, Columbia University, and the University of Massachusetts revealed in their cross-sectional report that firearm violence cut 4.14 years off black Americans' total life expectancy . In contrast, deaths attributable to gun violence caused a loss of 2.23 years of life expectancy among white...

Why Wisconsin Will Drug Test SNAP Recipients [citylab.com]

With Governor Scott Walker making his exit in January, Wisconsin Republicans have moved to reinforce a number of wish-list items on his conservative agenda, and, in a controversial lame-duck session last week, the state legislature passed bills aimed at limiting gubernatorial power. Among those bills was one requiring drug tests for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which critics say will stigmatize and restrict the use of public benefits for thousands of poor...

For One Rural Community, Fighting Addiction Started With Recruiting The Right Doctor [npr.org]

Lindsay Bunker woke up from a nightmare. The 32-year-old lives with her sixth-month-old daughter on the Lac Courte Oreilles Indian Reservation in northern Wisconsin. She's struggled with addiction for over 10 years, mostly to heroin. Then came the nightmare: She dreamt two men were attacking her baby while she could think only about drugs. "In my mind I was thinking, 'If I can just get one hit, if I can get one line, I can save her,'" she recalls, pausing before continuing, "I woke up and I...

Using neurofeedback to prevent PTSD in soldiers [medicalxpress.com]

A team of researchers from Israel, the U.S. and the U.K. has found that using neurofeedback could prevent soldiers from experiencing PTSD after engaging in emotionally difficult situations. In their paper published in the journal Nature Human Behavior, the group describes experiments they conducted with military personnel engaged in intensive training sessions, and what they learned from it. Kymberly Young with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has written a News and Views...

How to Foster Empathy in Children [nytimes.com]

As the year’s end approaches, most Americans get bombarded by emailed and snail-mailed requests for donations to all manner of charities, A to Z. I’m an easy target, a softy readily seduced by impassioned pleas to help improve the well-being of people, animals and the environment, and I often respond to more appeals than my earnings warrant. This year will be different, thanks to advice from one of the leading experts on empathy, Dr. Helen Riess, associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard...

No ACEs, low resilience worse than high ACE and resilience scores, study finds

What does measuring resilience tell us about pregnant women who have experienced ACEs? For one thing, it affirms that understanding how a mom-to-be weathers difficult experiences gives greater meaning to her ACE score and what it might mean for her children. That was one of the takeaways from a recent study in the Journal of Women’s Health entitled “ Adverse Childhood Experiences and Mental and Behavioral Health Conditions During Pregnancy: The Role of Resilience ,” says Dr. Carey Watson,...

Did You Know That 20% of Children Are Suffering With A Mental Health Disorder? Watch my interview with Dr. Lorry Leigh Bellhumeur Wed, 12th 7pm PST

Watch Live This Wednesday 12-12-18 7pm PST Did You Know That 20% of Children Are Suffering With A Mental Health Disorder? Watch Live & Learn What To Do And How To Help Mary Giuliani Will Be Interviewing Dr. Lorry Leigh Belhumeur Licensed Psychologist & CEO Of Western Youth Services Ask Lorry Questions During The Show in Real Time By Using the Chat In The Public Facebook Feed Below Watch Here Live at 7pm PST

City Health Dashboard: Empowering cities to create thriving communities [cityhealthdashboard.com]

Why City Health Dashboard? More than 80 percent of U.S. residents live in urban areas. But until recently, few measures have been available for cities to assess health, the factors that shape it, and the drivers of health equity. That's where the City Health Dashboard comes in. Our goal is to provide city leaders with an array of regularly refreshed data to support health-related decision-making. The City Health Dashboard launched in early 2017 with 26 measures for four pilot cities: Flint,...

Research Gaps Leave Doctors Guessing About Treatments For Pregnant Women [npr.org]

Jenna Neikirk was nearing the end of her first pregnancy when her blood pressure shot up to dangerous levels. "I started feeling splotchy and hot, just kind of uncomfortable, so I took my blood pressure at work and it was 160 over 120," she says. Neikirk's a physical therapist in Atlanta and knew that level was alarmingly high. She left work and walked over to her obstetrician's office, which was in the same medical complex. [For more on this story by ALISON KODJAK, go to...

Integrating Indigenous Healing Practices and Psychotherapy for Global Mental Health [madinamerica.com]

A recent article, published in the Archives of Scientific Psychology, describes how racial, ethnic, cultural, and national disparities in counseling and psychotherapy outcomes are inevitable, but eliminating global mental health disparities with indigenous healing is not. After describing the incongruence of exporting psychotherapy to other countries, Robinder Bedi, a psychologist and researcher from the University of British Columbia, suggests an integration of local indigenous practices...

RWJF Award for Health Equity [rwjf.org]

RWJF Award for Health Equity Honoring leaders who are changing systems and showing us that solutions at the community level can lead to health equity. Meet the 2018 Winners These champions are working across sectors to ensure that everyone has opportunities where we live, learn, work and play. [For more on this story, go to https://www.rwjf.org/en/library/features/rwjf-award-for-health-equity.html ]

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