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NAACP and RWJF Partner to Improve Health Equity [rwjf.org]

Princeton, N.J. —The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) have expanded their partnership to improve health and opportunity in communities of color across the United States. “To get to a position where everyone in this county is truly afforded equal rights, we must place a heavy emphasis on health,” said Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP. “Both RWJF and the NAACP recognize that to address what...

Number Unknown: The Egregious Family Separation Policy Had No Plan [chronicleofsocialchange.org]

The January report by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reveals a significant lack of oversight by government agencies charged with implementing the draconian plan to separate children to deter asylum-seeking children and families. In April of 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) formally implemented a “zero-tolerance” policy that resulted in the traumatic separation of thousands of children from their parents and...

7 Health Benefits of Laughter [blogs.psychcentral.com]

We all know how great it feels to have a real belly laugh, one of those episodes when you laugh so hard you can hardly breathe, and your stomach aches with the effort. Laughing together is a great way to build bonds and feel closer to one another, and a genuine laugh or giggle-fit can make even the most dire of situations a little easier to manage. Laughter enhances teamwork, diffuses conflicts, and strengthens relationships. But did you know there are actually measurable health benefits to...

Latest ACEs science research from PubMed, February 12, 2019

Hair cortisol in the perinatal period mediates associations between maternal adversity and disrupted maternal interaction in early infancy. Nyström-Hansen M, Andersen MS, Khoury JE, Davidsen K, Gumley A, Lyons-Ruth K, MacBeth A, Harder S. Dev Psychobiol . 2019 Feb 12. doi: 10.1002/dev.21833. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 30747450 elect item 3074 Child maltreatment is mediating long-term consequences of household dysfunction in a population representative sample. Clemens V, Berthold O, Witt A,...

Immigrant teens, parents explore ACEs, resilience in 5-week course with family doc

Dr. Angela Bymaster, a family doctor in San Jose, Calif., was determined to find a way to teach ACEs science to her patients. Teens would come to the Washington Neighborhood Clinic clearly depressed by a range of problems at home that were contributing to risky sexual behavior and marijuana use, as well as preventable health problems like extreme obesity.

The Ultimate Life Summit For Teens: A Unique Motivational Teen Self-Leadership Development Experience

Bob Lancer here, and I want to alert parents and educators of teens regarding a marvelous opportunity to help any teenager for great school and life success. This coming July 7-13, 2019 7 Mindsets (see www.7mindsets.com ) will be presenting the 10 th Anniversary of Ultimate Life Summit for teens and educators from around the world, and They are bringing it back to Disney World! The Ultimate Life Summit presents a unique, amazing motivational growth opportunity for today’s teens. It is...

How Domestic Violence Cultivated My Ravishing Opiate Addiction

For as long as I can remember, my concept of love was tainted. Love was presented to me as something that was given with conditions and impossible expectations. After years of confusion, I began to replace love with codependency. The grips of codependency brought me to my knees long before I indulged in any mood/mind altering substance. Before I ever picked up a drink/drug, my addictive nature preyed upon validation and approval. Maybe traumas and the environment of my childhood propelled my...

2019 Starting & Growing Resilient Communities: Online & In Real Life (IRL) Webinar Series

ACEs Connection presents, "Starting & Growing Resilient Communities: Online & In Real Life (IRL)", an interactive webinar training series focused on developing existing and potential online community managers and IRL ACEs champions. If you are not a current online community manager, please know that ALL are welcome to engage. This series is dedicated to providing insight into creating sustainable and effective online & IRL ACEs initiatives. "Starting & Growing Resilient...

To The Man Who Scolded My Husband For Allowing Our Son To Major In Acting

Dear Sir, I suspect you may not remember the brief encounter. It was late. After 9pm. You were behind my husband at the checkout line at our local grocery store. The cashier was the daughter of one of our friends. When the cashier asked my husband what my son was up to these days, you heard him tell her that our son was at college in New York majoring in acting. That’s when you took it upon yourself to tell my husband how irresponsible it was to waste money on such a frivolous and useless...

Introducing the 5 Newest ACEs Connection Communities (February, 2019)

Please welcome and explore the five newest communities to join our network in Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, New Jersey, and North Carolina. 5 New Communities Join ACEs Connection! BOUNCE - Jefferson County (KY) Edgecombe County (NC) ACEs Connection First 5 Alabama ACEs Connection Healthy Charlotte County (FL) ACEs Connection Newark (NJ) Trauma-Informed Community Network Please find more details about each one of them below. Follow links for a list of all of our ACEs Connection communities or...

Free Webinar: FST Seed Tree Diagram Technique

Therapists can be challenged to know the right next step when working with families with trauma histories. Dr. Scott Sells, the author of Treating the Traumatized Child: A Step-by-Step Family Systems Approach, is offering a free webinar on using the Family Systems Trauma (FST) Seed Tree Diagram as a resource to help families identify the underlying causes of trauma.

Improve Birth and Perinatal Outcomes with a Trauma Sensitive Approach

The Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health is excited to bring together 10 talented practitioners to explore the Trauma Informed Practices that help improve birth outcomes and support human development right from the very start. The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (1998) launched the importance of trauma and trauma informed care in our health and educational systems. We suddenly had a measure of how early experiences in childhood could correlate with adult disease.

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