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Black History NJ: The Complete Series

Jersey Joe Walcott Arnold Raymond Cream, aka Jersey Joe Walcott, was born in Merchantville, NJ, on Jan. 31, 1914. He held the record for the oldest heavyweight champion for more than four decades. His father, an immigrant from Barbados, died when Walcott was 15, which forced him to go to work to provide for his mother and younger siblings. At 16-years-old, he began boxing professionally and adopted Jersey Joe Walcott as his moniker… Carla Harris Montclair resident Carla Harris is an author,...

ACEs Connection: Healing Communities through Connections

The 90-minute professional webinar will introduce family support professionals to the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study and deepen their understanding of ACEs science which shows how toxic stress in childhood influences health for a lifetime. They will learn how using an ACEs science lens allows them to reframe behavior from “what’s wrong with you” to “what happened to you”. Participants will discover tools and resources available at ww.acesconnection.com , the world’s largest...

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Welcome to the NJ Resiliency Coalition Community!

This online community is a place where people living and working in New Jersey can come together to help prevent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and create a healthier, happier state. This public online learning group was created by the NJ ACEs Collaborative , the newly established Office of Resilience , the Center for Health Care Strategies , and the New Jersey Education Association — but it is made stronger by the involvement and active participation of all New Jerseyans! Our mission...

N.J. teachers, child care, transportation workers to become eligible for COVID vaccine, Murphy says By Matt Arco | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

New Jersey teachers, child care and transportation workers will be eligible starting March 15 for the coronavirus vaccine, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday morning. The governor, appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” said it’s “an imperative” to have those people vaccinated and hinted he would provide additional details at his regular COVID-19 briefing in Trenton at 1 p.m. Murphy followed with a Tweet indicating the new group would includes “additional public safety workers.” “We’re phasing...

Gentrification vs. Revitalization

As we work towards healing communities, it is imperative we understand the difference between gentrification and revitalization. Gentrification is a term that people throw around a lot, but it’s often oversimplified as neighborhood revitalization. In an enlightening talk, urban planning scholar Stacey Sutton shows us the true costs of gentrification. Stacey Sutton teaches at Columbia University. She thinks deeply about our common misconceptions around gentrification. This talk was given on...

Dr. Valerie L. Thomas - Inventor of the Illusion Transmitter (3D movies)

Valerie L. Thomas was born in February of 1943 in Maryland. She was fascinated with technology as a very young child. Around the age of eight, her curiosity about how things worked inspired her to borrow a book called, “The Boy’s First Book On Electronics," which she took home hoping that her father would help her take on some of the projects in it. After all, he liked to tinker with radios and television sets. But he did not help her. Thomas attended an all-girls high school that did not...

Rutgers launches research center for infant, toddler care policy

PATRICK LAVERY | NJ1015 NEW BRUNSWICK — A new offshoot of the National Institute for Early Education Research headquartered at Rutgers University, the Infant and Toddler Policy Research Center has been created to put a sharper focus on what New Jersey can do better to help children, specifically in their first three years of life, and support their parents and caregivers. NIEER founder and senior co-director W. Steven Barnett, a Rutgers professor, said every year of a child's life matters,...

Hiram Rhodes Revels

Hiram Rhodes Revels representing Mississippi became the first African American to be sworn into United States Senate on February 25, 1870. Revels served as a Republican representing the state of Mississippi from February 25, 1870 until March 3, 1871. He was born on September 27, 1827 in Fayetteville, North Carolina to free African Americans. Revels worked as an ordained Methodist minister and served as a high school principal in Baltimore, Maryland. English: “First African American Senator...

Elijah McClain - The Association Between Abusive Policing and PTSD Symptoms Among U.S. Police Officers

"I'm an introvert, I don't do those things. You all are beautiful and I love you. Please try to forgive me" were the last words spoken by Elijah McClain. He would have been 25. The Association Between Abusive Policing and PTSD Symptoms Among U.S. Police Officers Objective: Initiatives to curb police abuse in the United States are often viewed as “antipolice” or politically unpopular. Efforts to address police violence may be more acceptable if abusive practices are shown to have an adverse...

Patricia Bath - Pioneer Ophthalmologist - Inventor of laser cataract surgery

Patricia Bath was the first African American to complete a residency in ophthalmology in 1973. Two years later, she became the first female faculty member in the Department of Ophthalmology at UCLA's Jules Stein Eye Institute. In 1976, Bath co-founded the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness, which established that "eyesight is a basic human right." In 1986, Bath invented the Laserphaco Probe, improving treatment for cataract patients. She patented the device in 1988, becoming...

Video: Inside the ACE Score Strengths Limitations and Misapplications with Dr. Robert Anda

Dr. Robert Anda, Co-Principal Investigator and designer of the ACE Study, explains strengths and limitations of the ACE Score. He explains why the growing popular movement to use the ACE Score for screening patients, assigning risk, and making clinical decisions for individual patients is a misapplication of the ACE Study findings. See also: https://www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0... https://www.aceinterface.com/

Healing-Centered Engagement Event

Healing-Centered Engagement Learn more about a new pilot program to help NJ schools address adversity and trauma NJPSA/FEA invites all public school superintendents, school and teacher leaders, and family/community organizations to attend an Information Session on February 4 to learn about an exciting and innovative initiative. In partnership with over 100 education and community leaders across the state, the NJPSA/FEA-led team has researched and designed a school framework to address adult...

Moving from ACEs to RESILIENCE

Five students share their journey towards resilience. Jubilee Leadership Academy students tell their stories of hope and healing through Resilience cards that helped each build new skills and strategies! This 5 minute video captures why every person deserves to know about ACEs, brain development and Resilience!

EMBODIED SOCIAL JUSTICE SUMMIT - FREE & ONLINE: January 27th-31st, 2021

Summit Explorations During this event we’ll explore some of the most potent questions of our time: How can we reimagine and embrace new forms of activism? How do we take effective action in the world to respond to social justice issues? How do we become the change we wish to see, and what does it look like from an embodied perspective? How can we stay grounded and centered and increase our capacity for sustainable change? Our current understanding of how trauma impacts the body has...

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Neighborhood conditions associated with children’s cognitive function November 4, 2020 U.S. National Institutes of Health A study published today in JAMA Network Open shows that children from poorer neighborhoods perform less well on a range of cognitive functions, such as verbal ability, reading skills, memory, and attention, and have smaller brain volumes in key cognitive regions compared to those from wealthier neighborhoods. While multiple studies have shown that household socioeconomic...

NJ Resiliency in Action: How Leaders for Life Helped Gloria, A Struggling Mother in Newark

My name is Gloria and I’m a 36-year-old Puerto Rican mom of five children — three boys and two girls — who was born and raised in Newark. In December 2016 I was able to move my family out of a small two-bedroom apartment in Bradley Courts housing project to a four-bedroom apartment on Clinton Place and that’s where my family became a part of the Leaders for Life (L4L) family. One of my sons is a special needs child who is always looking for friends and a place to play. He started finding new...

 
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