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A Better Normal, Tuesday, June 2nd at Noon PDT: Higher Education and Trauma During COVID-19

Please join us for the ongoing community discussion of A Better Normal, our ongoing series in which we envision the future as trauma-informed. College graduates across the world have been celebrating their big day virtually this month, missing out on the right of passage that marks their stepping into new realms of adult and professional life. Many students and recent graduates are feeling the negative impact of the current pandemic: being housing displaced, adjusting to virtual classrooms,...

BU Arts Initiative Virtual Series: Arts, Mental Health & Social Distancing Today!

Arts, Mental Health & Social Distancing. Wed, May 13, 2020 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EDT Join the BU Arts Initiative and the BU Wellbeing Project for a thoughtful and timely discussion with three mental health experts, Dr. Girija Kaimal , Dr. Sarah Lipson , and Dr. Jeremy Nobel , to discuss their work, contemporary mental health issues for college students, and the mental health benefits of a variety of arts engagement activities. They will also share relevant resources everyone can utilize.

CARES Research Study: The COVID 19 Adult Resilience Experiences Study

A joint research study between Boston University & Brigham and Women's Hospital. Who is eligible to participate? We are looking for young adults who are: Between the ages of 18-30 Living in the United States OR receiving education from the United States What will I do in this research study? You may be asked to complete a 30-45 minute online survey that will take place up to 3 times (April, July, and October 2020) Some participants will be selected to participate in a 20-minute in-depth...

2 New Communities Join ACEs Connection: March 2020

Please welcome these two new communities to ACEs Connection . ACEs & African Americans ACEs Connection at Boston University School of Public Health (MA) ACEs & African Americans This group is focused on the descendants of Africans dispersed throughout the Americas during the Transatlantic Slave Trades. Topics include adverse childhood experiences, historical trauma, intergenerational transmission of trauma, African American parenting practices, health disparities, the effects of...

ACEs & African Americans Community on ACEs Connection

ACEs Connection envisions a resilient world where ALL people thrive. We are an anti-racist organization committed to the pursuit of social justice. In our work to promote resilience and prevent and mitigate ACEs, we intentionally embrace and uplift people who have historically not had a seat at the table. ACEs Connection celebrates the voices and tells the stories of people who have been barred from decision-making and who have shouldered the burden of systemic and economic oppression as the...

Trauma-Informed Practice Is a Powerful Tool. But It's Also Incomplete [edweek.org]

By Simona Goldin & Debi Khasnabis, Education Week, February 19, 2020 Science has a pernicious history of doing violence to communities of color. Examples abound: Consider the infamous Tuskegee study in which the U.S. Public Health Service spent decades withholding treatment from hundreds of African-American men suffering from syphilis. Or consider more recent research that shows that doctors, informed by discredited theories of racial difference, are significantly less likely to...

ACEs Connection Staff Speaks on the Importance of Community Building at Trauma Sensitive Schools Conference

Educators from across the country and around the world in Atlanta today at the Trauma-Sensitive Schools Conference were invited to learn more about the importance of building cross-sector communities in their towns, cities, and states by ACEs Connection staffers Lara Kain and Carey Sipp. ”People have to be willing to make a safe space for communities to come together to build community,” said Kain, who is the Southern California Community Facilitator, stressing the importance of doing the...

5 Tips for Supporting College Age Students' Mental Health [blogs.psychcentral.com]

By Andrea Schneider, PsychCentral, February 7, 2020 Did you know that the second leading cause of death in people ages 15-22 is suicide (ACHA, 2020)? Those are some sobering statistics. After a recent move from S CA to N Ca, I am currently serving in a new role in which I am the Lead Counselor on a college campus for this age range. Unfortunately, those statistics don’t lie. I am deeply involved in creating new programs, strategies, and direct clinical support for the students my campus...

Working with UCSF, California Surgeon General Aims to Cut Adverse Childhood Experiences by Half [ucsf.edu]

By Rebecca Wolfson, University of California San Francisco, February 18, 2020 Nadine Burke Harris, MD, California’s first surgeon general, has a bold goal: cut adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress in half within one generation. She spoke about her vision and her groundbreaking work to reduce adverse childhood experiences across the state during a speech at the UC San Francisco Parnassus Heights campus. The lecture at Cole Hall on Feb. 13 was part of Chancellor Sam Hawgood’s health...

The Tiny Cell that Connects our Physical and Mental Health, and Solves a Decades-old Mystery of Why Toxic Stress Leads to Brain Changes that Spark Depression, Anxiety

More than a decade ago, I was diagnosed with several autoimmune diseases, one after another, including Guillain-Barré syndrome , which left me paralyzed twice while raising two young children. All told I spent six years in and out of bed and hospitals, learning, between crises, to use a cane or walker to navigate life as a working-mother-with-chronic-illness. My immune system was repeatedly and mistakenly attacking my body, causing the nerves in my arms, legs, and those I needed to swallow...

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

As part of participating in the Resilient Santa Barbara movement, we need to post a brief introduction about our organization to introduce ourselves to the community on the on the Santa Barbara county Community site which is located on the larger ACEs Connection website. Specifically, we are asked to “write a paragraph or two sharing the mission and vision of our organization and how it fits with the work of Resilient Santa Barbra County. Nicci, Dana, and I came up with the below and wanted...

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