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A Better Normal is on a Holiday Break | Watch Our Top Episodes

Dear ACEs Connection Members, It has been an honor to produce the A Better Normal Live Zoom talk series with @Jenna Quinn (ACEs Connection Staff) for ACEs Connection over the past 8 months. It has been comforting to come back to this community on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays and see familiar faces. Thank you for showing up, asking good questions, and especially asking, "how can I help my community become trauma and ACEs-informed?" We are looking forward to taking a holiday break to...

A Better Normal- Education Upended 11/19, with special guest Robin Cogan, The Relentless School Nurse!

Hi Everyone! Welcome back. I am SO very excited to announce our special guest for this Thursday 11/19 12-1 PST. Please join us as we discuss everything school health and school nursing with rock star school nurse Robin Cogan. Along with all her amazing achievements in her bio below she has recently been featured on CNN, USA Today, Newsweek, and the NYT commenting on school health and the invaluable role of school nurses during a pandemic. Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN is a Nationally Certified...

Sarah Peyton discusses her book & leads a guided meditation / Tuesday, Nov. 10th, 2020

I am thrilled to announce that we have a special A Better Normal session which will be part conversation and part meditation practice for those who wish to participate. Our special guest is Sarah Peyton who is the author of Your Resonant Self: Guided Meditations and Exercise to Engage Your Brain’s Capacity for Healing. This event will be held on Tuesday, November 10th, at 12p.m. PST and 3p.m. EST. Registration link:...

"A Better Normal" Community Discussion: Suicide Awareness and Community Cafes

Join us on Friday November 6, 2020 from noon to 1:00 PST as we come together and join Satya Chandragiri MD, Bonnie O’Hern RN, Denise Proudfoot RN, & Michael Polacek RN for a discussion around the tender issue of suicide. Together we will discuss ways people and providers can support each other and encourage communities to take action to support one another around suicide prevention, crisis intervention, and the layers of culture and structural barriers to care. A special emphasis will be...

You're invited to our post-election day debrief and discussion with ACEs Connection staff! Part of our A Better Normal Live Zoom Series

Join the staff of ACEs Connection for this post-Election Day live zoom debrief and discussion, led by me, Alison Cebulla, producer of the A Better Normal series, and Jane Stevens, Founder and Publisher at ACEs Connection. We don't know yet what the outcome will be but we are certain there will be lots to process no matter what. This will be a community discussion format. We will start with a body-centering breathing exercise. Topics will include: + Sharing how we feel + Sharing our hopes,...

'I don’t know how we can really achieve racial equity if we’re not hearing the voices of those whom we hope to serve'

Dr. Shandi Fuller recalls that when she first assembled an all-staff meeting at the Solano County Family Health Services to show how equity and ACEs screening should go hand in hand, some staff members were bewildered. “Why are we talking about equity?” they asked. As Fuller explained to attendees at “A Better Normal,” an ACEs Connection webinar on Oct. 13, the question led her and a colleague to develop training for medical providers on this concept. The webinar was also based on extensive...

Hope and Progress, No Matter What! — an ACEs Connection/Cambia Health Foundation “Better Normal”, Oct. 22, 2020

Now, more than ever, there is a need for a new kind of hope, one founded in science and demonstrable, replicable progress. That hope lies in the science of adverse childhood experiences and the remarkable results from people who have used this new understanding of human behavior to solve our most intractable problems.

"A Better Normal" Community Discussion Series-Equity in the ACEs Movement

In this installment of the A Better Normal community discussion, ACEs Connection's very own TN & Midwest community facilitator Ingrid Cockhren will discuss the need for equitable practices within the worldwide ACEs movement. In light of the recent civil unrest and the COVID-19 pandemic, there has never been more of a need to address systemic/institutional racism and the resulting pervasive historical and racial trauma. This discussion will center racism, bias and inequity as root causes...

A Better Normal Community Discussion - Reimagining Health Care

In a conversational style, join physician Drew Factor who will speak with Dr. Tracy Gaudet, Liza Guroff and An é Watts in a discussion entitled "Reimagining Health Care". Dr. Gaudet will speak about her experience engaging in transformational change at the Veterans Administration and how this has shaped the development of her own Functional Medicine Institute , while Ms. Guroff and Ms. Watts will speak about their knowledge of a Trauma-Informed Approach both at a systems (National Council...

A Better Normal- Education Upended, A Focus on Educator Wellness and Resilience with special guest Bryan Clement, MEd

Please join us on 10/15 along with special guest Bryan Clement, MEd from Dovetail Learning as we discuss educator well-being. Educators are being asked to learn and grow professionally and personally during this unique time. During this week's session you will explore your own self-awareness regarding your 'protective patterns' and learn practical skills for resilience to remain 'centered' while navigating telehealth support and teaching at a distance. As a trauma informed, healing centered...

'A Better Normal:' Can universal ACEs screening be equitable? -- Concerns and solutions

Can universal ACEs screening be equitable? A conversation about concerns and solutions. When: Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2-3:30 pm PDT/5-6:30 pm EDT This webinar explores what it takes to ensure that equity is built into the process of screening and providing support for families who have experienced trauma and want help. REGISTER HERE Background At the beginning of this year, California, through the ACEs Aware initiative began rolling out universal screening for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs),...

A Better Normal- Education Upended, Special Guest: The 16 Strong Project

I am often asked if I know of resources to educate youth about ACEs, I am excited to share with you that our next Better Normal- Education Upended will focus on just that! Join us Thursday 10/1 as we welcome our speical guest Samantha Wettje from the 16 Strong Project . 16 Strong is dedicated to empowering resilience to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) through educational workshops, school partnerships, and community outreach. 16 Strong strives to continue conversations that help young...

A Better Normal Community Discussion Series , Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 at Noon PDT: The Powerhouse Community Initiative in Richmond, VA

Join us for a Better Normal with Melissa McGinn and Lisa Wright from the Greater Richmond Trauma Informed Community Network for a one-hour fascinating discussion about their ups and downs, about how the COVID-19 pandemic changed their work and supercharged their commitment, and what the next year looks like.

Listening: Episode 47 of A Better Normal / Education Upended

Teachers, school counselors, coordinators, community mental health workers and nurses, directors, parents, retirees, volunteers, and a probation officer joined our community conversation from CA, CO, MA,MN, NC, NZ, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VT, WA, Canada, and New Zealand. Community Manager of ACEs in Education, @Lara Kain (ACEs Connection Staff) , hosted this special episode of her weekly Education Upended / A Better Normal series which was facilitated by @Jenna Quinn (ACEs Connection Staff)...

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