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Segregation Now, Segregation Tomorrow, Segregation Forever? [TheAtlantic.com]

Progress has undoubtedly been made since the days of explicit segregation, and most white people no longer openly advocate for segregation in neighborhoods, schools, and offices. When speaking to researchers , many even argue that integration is important and necessary. At the same time, old racial stereotypes die hard, and perceptions that black people are lazy, criminal, and dim-witted contribute to the maintenance of segregation and the inequalities that result from it. Despite laws...

Stopping the cycle [TheLundReport.com]

R.J. Gillespie, M.D., and his team are working with parents at The Children’s Clinic to interrupt the cycle of adverse childhood experiences. Health System Transformation (HST) makes this project possible – and makes preventive and lifelong health priorities, by doing things differently and promoting local innovation. It’s part of the Oregon Pediatric Improvement Partnership sponsored by Health Share of Oregon, a coordinated care organization serving Oregon Health Plan...

Feds to study health benefits of screening and linking to social services [USAToday.com]

The Obama administration is working to build evidence supporting increased federal and state spending on anti-violence, social service and other programs to improve life in poor neighborhoods and limit the growth in health care costs. The move comes despite more limited reports done by outside groups and is designed to create a paper trail that makes the need for and efficacy of the programs for Medicare and Medicaid recipients indisputable...

Incarceration of a family member during childhood associated with heart attacks in men [MedicalXpress.com]

A parent's incarceration has immediate, devastating effects on a family. Now, Virginia Tech and University of Toronto researchers say there may be a longer term risk: Men who as children experienced a family member's incarceration are approximately twice as likely to have a heart attack in later adulthood in comparison with men who were not exposed to such a childhood trauma. The study, by Bradley White, an assistant professor with the Virginia Tech Department of Psychology, and Esme...

New violence prevention coordinator has ACES up his sleeve [EastOregonian.com]

When it comes to preventing violence, Danny Bane holds all the aces. ACES, that is. That’s the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study done by the Centers for Disease Control. Bane says the study’s insights can change lives and he plans to use them in his job as Umatilla County’s first-ever violence prevention coordinator. Bane knows a little something about childhood trauma and violence. Alcohol affected his home life. When his beloved older sister, a young mother of four, was...

Enhancing our social immune system: Dr. Sandra Bloom delivers keynote address to MARC Leaders

   Sandra Bloom asked 75 people to turn toward one another and begin with questions: What is your name? How are you feeling right now? What is your goal for today? Whom at this table can you ask for help?    Those questions, or a variation of them, are part of the toolkit from the Sanctuary Model, a method of building an inclusive, democratic, trauma-informed organization from bottom to top.    “You will be shocked at what a difference it makes if you...

ACEs Online Workshop Opportunity

The Capital Region  HEARTS Initiative would like to share an opportunity to take part in a free online course training on ACEs, resilience, and a "whole person" model for ACE response called Restorative Integral Support (RIS). The online course was produced by Associate Professor Heather Larkin and her team at the University at Albany, a leading partner in the HEARTS collaborative. With 13 course modules, making up a total of approximately 12 hours...

Buncombe County, North Carolina: Connecting the Dots on ACEs

   Not long ago, Jan Shepard, Public Health Division Director of Buncombe County Health and Human Services, attended a presentation about the county’s still-in-the-works family justice center. Planners envision the center as a nexus of care and remedy—a place, for instance, where a survivor of domestic violence could speak with law enforcement officials, counselors and advocates in a single “safe place,” rather than having to navigate a fragmented system of...

Parent's Depression May Harm Child's Grades, Study Finds [Consumer.HealthDay.com]

A child's grades in school might suffer if a parent is suffering from depression, according to a new study. Researchers found that Swedish teens received lower grades during their final year in school if either of their parents had previously been diagnosed with depression. The difference in grades was noticeable but not huge, said senior author Brian Lee, an associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health in Philadelphia. "It's...

Study: Language and Labels May Affect Mental Health Stigma [GoodTherapy.org]

Using person-centered language, which avoids labeling people with mental health diagnoses, can reduce stigma and change the way people view mental health issues , according to a study published in the Journal of Counseling and Development. Person-centered language highlights the person rather than the diagnosis . For example, instead of calling people depressive or saying they are mentally ill , person-centered language advocates for the use of phrases such as “person with...

Foster Youth Program Helps Companies Meet Social Responsibility Goals [ChronicleOfSocialChange.org]

For corporations today , a premium is placed on creating positive social impact more than ever before.  A company’s “corporate social responsibility” (CSR) goals often encompass cash donations, employer-matching gift programs, volunteer time and pro bono services to non-profit groups that generate tangible social benefits. CSR is good for business. Studies show it improves financial performance, enhances community relationships and promotes employee engagement.

How to Bring Restorative Justice to Your School [JJIE.org]

Hey, you! Yes, YOU can make it happen! Anyone can. Whether you are a principal, a student, counselor or teacher, you can be the one to speak up for restorative justice. “Be the change you wish to see in the world” (Mahatma Gandhi). Though I currently work full time as a restorative justice facilitator, it wasn’t always this way. At my last school it was a student, a junior, who decided our school needed this approach. He found backing from our principal, and he found a...

Video series shows how San Diego Unified is creating trauma-informed schools

"We're committed to lifting up the work around healing, belonging and inclusion," said Joey Bravo, program associate at The California Endowment (TCE).  Joey and his colleagues with TCE's Center for Healthy Communities supported the creation of a series of videos that capture the groundbreaking efforts of the San Diego Unified School District's campaign to create trauma-informed schools. In this series of videos, SDUSD's transformation of their discipline policies by...

Can A Trauma-Informed Approach Help People Stick to New Year's Resolutions?

As the calendar turns to February, over one third of people   will have given up on their New Year’s resolution. In fact, the official “Ditch Your New Year's Resolutions Day” was over two weeks ago, a sign that abandoning resolutions has become every bit as culturally embedded as making them. There is no shortage of reasons why people do not carry out their resolutions—not making time in their schedules, being unsure of where to start, inertia. One reason I...

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