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Are You A Thought-oholic?

A thought-aholic is someone who displays an addictive relationship with thinking. In other words, they continue thinking despite the fact that their thoughts are producing the very problems they are trying to think their way out of! Their minds are out of control. The results of this are not very much unlike the consequence of someone who’s drinking alcohol is out of control. Soon, their lives spin out of control. Adverse childhood experiences contribute enormously to though-holism. Our...

Action Needed to Cut Disparities in Black Maternal, Child Mortality [medpagetoday.com]

WASHINGTON -- The problem of higher morbidity and mortality among black mothers and their infants is one that can and must be solved, several speakers said here Wednesday. "This is one of those truths that must be spoken," Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said at an event sponsored by the Center for American Progress (CAP), a left-leaning think tank here. "It is a truth that black women in America are three to four times more likely to die than white women because they choose to become mothers...

How Professionals of Color Say They Counter Bias at Work [nytimes.com]

An African-American man in a suit was handed car keys by someone who thought he was a parking attendant. A black lawyer was patted down by guards at a courthouse, even though his white colleagues entered without a search. An African-American politician was told she did not look like a legislator. Such encounters are the plight of many people of color in the United States, highlighted in October when flight attendants questioned the credentials of a black doctor while she was trying to treat...

You Are Not Alone: Trauma-Informed Schools [kentuckynewera.com]

This video segment originally appeared in "Trauma and Toxic Stress," part of the KET series, "You Are Not Alone," a series focused on youth mental health. KET visits Arnett Elementary school in Erlanger, Ky., which is working toward becoming “trauma informed,” to learn more about their efforts to help improve students’ mental and emotional wellbeing. To view the entire series: https://www.ket.org/youth-mental-health/not-alone-series-overview/ Learn more about KET's programs and educational...

U.S. Senate passes Whitehouse-sponsored juvenile justice bill [providencejournal.com]

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Senate this week passed a bipartisan juvenile justice bill, years in the works, that aims to secure greater protections for at-risk youth. U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse announced Tuesday that the Senate that night passed by unanimous consent the measure, which he wrote jointly with Sen. Charles Grassley, a Republican from Iowa. Whitehouse and Grassley have been pursuing its passage since 2014. If enacted into law, the proposal would require states to comply with its...

Report finds nearly half of U.S. adults have had an immediate family member incarcerated [cbsnews.com]

NEW YORK — The price paid by inmates who are behind bars extends far beyond prison walls. A new report finds nearly half of all adult Americans have had a family member incarcerated at some point in their lives. Research from FWD.us and Cornell University shows 113 million adults in the U.S., or 45 percent, have had an immediate family member incarcerated for at least one night, and minorities are disproportionately affected. One in seven adults have had a family member locked up for more...

Public education must promote participation in democratic process [edsource.org]

Since our nation’s founding, public education has been central to advancing both our democracy and our economy. The founders, from Jefferson to Adams, saw schools as places in which active citizens and contributors to the nation’s development could be formed. They envisioned education as a source of opportunity and upward mobility, and as a unifying factor across society. Sadly, today, public education is too often a source of controversy and division, with an excessive focus on test...

A Sociologist and a Senior Collaborate to Update Research on Adverse Childhoods [bowdoin.edu]

In the past 30 years, increasing evidence shows that adverse childhood experiences (often referred to as "ACEs") can have lingering effects, impacting people's health and life outcomes for decades to come. Because surviving a difficult childhood has such powerful lifelong repercussions, many institutions—from courts to medical clinics—rely on a brief, 10-question ACE questionnaire to determine people's childhood hardships. The higher the score, the more likely someone is to show its effects,...

The Relentless School Nurse: The Power of a Thank you Note

The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) is a fascinating place to see what is most pressing in our profession on any given day. The community message boards are filled with conversations about the challenges and opportunities in school nursing. A very interesting topic was introduced by Donna Lyman, a school nurse from Baltimore, MD. I have never met Donna personally, but she was the very first person who was kind enough to comment on the first blog post I wrote, so I have a special...

The Relentless School Nurse: Take the Sandy Hook Promise

December 14, 2018, marks the sixth anniversary of the murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty children and six school staff were killed that morning. Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a grass-roots organization that was formed by parents in response to the unimaginable tragedy in an effort to prevent other parents from experiencing the devastation of losing a child to gun-related deaths. The Sandy Hook Promise Mission: Prevent gun-related deaths due to crime,...

In push to expand universal preschool, lessons to be learned from California's class size reduction program [edsource.org]

The rapid rollout of a hugely ambitious plan to reduce elementary school class sizes in California over two decades ago should serve as a cautionary tale for how quickly the state should implement universal preschool, a long-sought-after goal of children’s advocates and their allies in the Legislature. It may also give incoming Gov. Gavin Newsom some cover for not moving aggressively to implement universal preschool, which he said he was committed to on the campaign trail. He articulated...

Maine’s Hospitals, and Foster Care, Beleaguered by Drug-Exposed Infants [chronicleofsocialchange.org]

The baby girl was born on a Sunday. By Tuesday, she was suffering from opiate withdrawal. Exposed to drugs in her mother’s womb, she could not sleep. Inconsolable, her high-pitched cries racked her tiny body. At 4 days old, a nurse administered the first dose of methadone to ease the infant’s distress. Sedated, the newborn sleeps in a darkened nursery on this drizzly spring day. Electrodes attached to her chest and fingers monitor her heart and respiratory rate. [For more on this story by...

Following her father's lead, the sister of a murdered man embraces forgiveness and the power of restorative justice [latimes.com]

It took years for Tasreen Khamisa to move from anger to forgiveness for the person who killed her brother, Tariq Khamisa, during a 1995 robbery over pizza in North Park. For her father, compassion came quickly — the ability to see victims on both ends of the gun fired by his young son’s killer. The gunman, Tony Hicks, was a skinny 14-year-old in junior high. He was also a gang member. [For more on this story by TERI FIGUEROA, go to...

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...

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