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Webinar Learning Series begins tomorrow: State Policy Approaches to Addressing Childhood Adversity, Wednesday, January 10, 10am PST (1:00 PM EST)

Reminder of tomorrow's ( Wednesday, January 10, 10am PST/1:00 PM EST) webinar on State Policy Approaches to Addressing Childhood Adversity Please join us for a three -part learning series hosted by the California Campaign to Counter Childhood Adversity and ACEs Connection . We'll hear from states that are making great strides towards adopting trauma-informed policies and practices. Three-Part Learning Series: Webinar 1: Overview of State Level Efforts to Address Childhood Adversity and...

Using State Administrative Data to Identify Social Complexity Risk Factors for Children [annfammed.org]

Background Identifying children with adverse childhood experiences is challenging but critically important, because early intervention has the potential to improve health across the lifespan. This study tests the feasibility of using an integrated state agency administrative database to identify childrens' social complexity risk factors and examine their relationship to emergency department usage. What This Study Found State administrative data can be used to identify social risk factors for...

One Way to Fight HUD's Heel-Dragging on Fair Housing [citylab.com]

On Monday, protesters in Chicago jeered Ben Carson, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. A member of a grassroots seniors organization also interrupted his speech . It was Carson’s first public appearance since he issued a delay in a key rule for advancing fair housing and confronting racial segregation, and the resistance may only be getting started. On Friday, 76 national organizations that focus on faith, civil rights, affordable housing, and social...

Is everything you think you know about depression wrong? [theguardian.com]

In the 1970s, a truth was accidentally discovered about depression – one that was quickly swept aside, because its implications were too inconvenient, and too explosive. American psychiatrists had produced a book that would lay out, in detail, all the symptoms of different mental illnesses, so they could be identified and treated in the same way across the United States. It was called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. In the latest edition, they laid out nine symptoms that a patient has...

The #MeToo Movement Looks Different For Women Of Color. Here Are 10 Stories. [huffingtonpost.com]

The #MeToo movement and the ensuing combination of public penitence and denial from powerful men accused of harassment and assault has created an atmosphere of accountability and change. It’s made women be heard. Yet not all women feel included. Many women of color have been vocal about the fact that #MeToo hasn’t represented their stories, even though the movement was founded by activist Tarana Burke, who is black. HuffPost spoke with a number of women about how harassment and assault...

Don’t Let a Lack of Self-Awareness Hold You Back [nytimes.com]

A close friend and I have this agreement: If one of us ever recognizes the other person’s “thing,” we’re bound to disclose what it is, no matter what. But what is a person’s “thing,” exactly? It’s that particular behavior, habit or mind-set that is self-destructive but that we’re completely blind to. Personally, professionally or otherwise, it’s something that’s holding us back from achieving our full potential, but for whatever reason, we simply can’t see it ourselves. (This piece from The...

An Opioid Remedy That Works: Treat Pain And Addiction At The Same Time [khn.org]

Seven years ago, Robert Kerley, who makes his living as a truck driver, was loading drywall when a gust of wind knocked him off the trailer. Kerley fell 14 feet and hurt his back. For pain, a series of doctors prescribed him a variety of opioids: Vicodin, Percocet and OxyContin. In less than a year, the 45-year-old from Federal Heights, Colo., said he was hooked. “I spent most of my time high, laying on the couch, not doing nothing, falling asleep everywhere,” he said. [For more on this...

Parents, You Can Reverse Generations of Emotional Neglect By Doing 3 Small Things [blogs.psychcentral.com]

Can well-meaning, loving parents fail their child emotionally? Surprisingly, and unfortunately, the answer is yes. It is possible for even the most caring and well-intentioned parents to be emotionally neglectful. In fact, the largest subset of emotionally neglectful parents genuinely do love their children and want the best for them. I have encountered so many such parents over the years that I gave them a name: Well-Meaning-But-Neglected-Themselves parents — or WMBNTs. Those who were...

A Little of My Family Story

I wanted to start off 2018 with a more personal post in Practicing Resilience. I’m excited yet a little nervous, since this is one of my first times sharing this topic beyond my closest friends and mentors. My parents were Vietnamese refugees, escaping from persecution during the Vietnam War. They left everything behind as they risked their lives to flee on boats at night from South Vietnam to Southeast Asian countries’ refugee camps to await sponsorship to the US. I will always be...

Professor Susan Stryker Reveals ‘Transgender History’ [kqed.org]

The 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City created a watershed moment in the LGBT community’s struggle for civil rights. But few realize that transgender women instigated the uprising. In “Transgender History,” Susan Stryker reveals the lesser-known history of the transgender community in America, stretching back to the mid-20th century. Stryker is an associate professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Arizona. She joins Forum in the studio. Guests: Susan Stryker, associate...

City Life Stressing You Out? Flee to These Tiny Homes in the Woods [citylab.com]

In a secluded area of New York’s Catskills Mountains, there’s a small campsite that promises a full escape. The woods seem to continue forever in all directions, and aside from the occasional hiker, there’s no one to be seen. For the visitors who are here, a few tiny-home cabins offer just the bare necessities. It’s an attractive spot for nature lovers, and perhaps even more so for visitors from New York City, with their reputation for fast-paced, overstressed lifestyles. That’s exactly what...

Maine is losing the war against opioids. Here are 10 steps to turn it around. [bangordailynews.com]

As 2017 fades into the history books, the year will be remembered for many things: polarizing political debates over tax reform, immigration, education funding and health care; exciting economic opportunities across the state; and the opening of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. One phenomenon that stands out, however, is the stranglehold the opioid epidemic has established in our beautiful state. My office sees this epidemic in every aspect of our work — from child protection...

Low-Income Communities Are Struggling to Support Churches [theatlantic.com]

If there is ever a competition for the title of Busiest Minister in America, the smart money will be on Yoan Mora, senior pastor of Primera Iglesia Cristiana, a small but vibrant Spanish-speaking congregation in San Antonio, Texas. The weeks are nuts: worship services, classes, and meetings on Sundays; a radio program on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; prayer service and Bible study on Tuesdays; house church meetings in the southern reaches of the city each Thursday; a job-training program...

Wisconsin Dept of Health Services — Trauma-Informed Care News & Notes (Jan. 8, 2018)

ACEs, Adversity's Impact Survey: Two-thirds of LGBTQ people experience anxiety disorders Loneliness, mental health, separation: How homelessness affects children later in life Documentary reveals connection between childhood trauma and cancer Health system should recognize intergenerational trauma, expert says Opinion: Opioid crisis seen through the lens of adverse childhood experiences Brain and Biology Callous and unemotional traits show in brain structure of boys only, study finds Does...

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