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Northeast and Mid-Atlantic trauma leaders share successes and challenges at May 1 networking meeting

Leaders in ACEs/trauma/resilience movement from nine states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic and the District of Columbia gathered for a networking call on May 1 to learn about flexible funding opportunities for states under the CARES Act, ways to get involved in advocacy, and share their successes and challenges in building statewide coalitions. The meeting of leaders was organized by ACEs Connection and the Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP) in response to COVID-19...

Join Feb. 18th webinar on addressing ACEs in public policy

Please join this ACEs Connection co-sponsored webinar "Making Meaningful Change: Addressing ACEs through Public Policy" on Feb. 18 (11:30 am-1:00 pm ET) presented by the Health Federation of Philadelphia and MARC (Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities). In this webinar, three nationally recognized experts will discuss policy and advocacy strategies on a local, state, and national level using evidence from studies they have conducted with legislators and the general public. Speakers...

71 ACEs Initiatives Join ACEs Connection in 2019

We are proud to celebrate the 71 community initiatives that joined the ACEs Connection network in 2019. They are listed below, and can be found along with all existing ACEs Connection communities via the ACEs Connection map. Communities in the United States: Midwest ACEs Indiana Coalition Ardmore (OK) Behavioral Health Collaborative: BOUNCE - Jefferson County (KY Chisago County (MN) ACEs Initiative Franciscan Health ACEs Connection FH–Jasper & Newton Counties (IN ) FH–LaPorte County (IN)...

Two studies shed light on state legislators’ views on ACEs science and trauma policy

New and returning lawmakers take the oath of office on day one of Washington state's 2017 legislative session. — Jeanie Lindsay/Northwest News Network As advocates prepare to see how ACEs (adverse childhood experiences) science, trauma, and resilience play out in the 2020 state legislative sessions — many beginning in January — they are undoubtedly asking: “What does a legislator want?" It may be a stretch to play on Freud’s question: “What does a women want?", but the query captures how...

ACEs Connection launches Cooperative of Communities

The ACEs Connection Cooperative of Communities launches today. We want to continue to contribute to the ACEs movement for as long as it takes to create a worldwide healing-centered culture based on ACEs science. We want that to take hold in this world in the same way electricity has — we only notice it if it isn’t there. First, a clarification: Nothing on ACEsConnection.com changes! Membership remains free! Everything our current 300+ communities use stays free, and remains free for new ones.

ACEs Connection's Inclusion Tool makes sure nobody's left out

We developed ACEs Connection's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Tool — called the Inclusion Tool, for short — to ensure that ACEs initiatives across the world focus on being inclusive when forming a steering committee, recruiting leaders, providing education about ACEs science, recruiting members, or providing resources and services within their communities. The more inclusive your ACEs initiative is, the more diverse it will be, giving your initiative a real shot at achieving equity and...

Aligning Systems for Health: 2019 Call for Proposals [rwjf.org]

By Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, November 1, 2019 Required Components Aligning Systems for Health will explore the degree to which health equity is impacted or results from current models of collaboration incorporating health care, public health, and social services. Gaps in health are large, persistent and increasing, and RWJF is committed to a system that meets people’s goals and needs and addresses these gaps that many populations face. Studies should include a focus on health equity by...

[WEBINAR] Starting & Growing Resilient Communities: How to Tell Your Community Story GRC 2.0 Celebrate

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. This series is dedicated to providing insight into creating sustainable and effective online & IRL ACEs initiatives. In this fifth session, we’ll talk about why it's so critical to tell your story far and wide. This incudes how to blog and share...

Stephen Porges on the Body's Response to Trauma

Stephen Porges: ‘Survivors are blamed because they don’t fight’ Excellent interview with trauma expert Stephen Porges. His work gets right at the intersection of experience and what can be life-long effects of traumatic events. From the article: "The point that we have to understand is that when a person has a reaction or response to trauma, the body interprets the traumatic event as a life threat. There’s a massive re-tuning of how the nervous system works, how it regulates underlying...

USA Today covers the effects of domestic violence on children

The startling toll on children who witness domestic violence is just now being understood Jayne O'Donnell and Mabinty Quarshie , USA TODAY Published 9:59 a.m. ET Jan. 29, 2019 | Updated 7:03 p.m. ET Jan. 31, 2019 The Sanchez brothers' lives unraveled when alleged violence between their parents caused them to put their dreams on hold. Children who witness domestic violence at home have increased risks of PTSD, poor health and a far higher likelihood of depression. Sandy Hooper, USA TODAY...

Systemic oppression and Systems Improvement Work (that's us!)

Sam Thomas sent this - "It is a quick read highlighting the importance of acknowledging our own roles in oppressive systems and offers 6 questions to ask when looking at advancing equity in systems change. The author cautions that it is not easy to reflect in this way but that is it necessary. It...made me think of our BFC-VT work and wonder if other trainers would find it a valuable read." Insights Countering Systems of Oppression Reflections on Racial Responsibility in Systems Improvement...

Uplifting Video that Demonstrates Community Resilience Building

This is a joy to watch and a great example of how to build resilience in very simple ways. It is a great example to those people so anxious to "DO SOMETHING." Making connections with strangers is doing a whole heck of a lot and could be the first step in any community - can you make it the norm in your community that everyone says hello to one another? It used to be that way in Montpelier - it isn't anymore. Can we change that? Not just in Montpelier, but across Vermont. It may seem...

Starting & Growing Resilient Communities: Organizing Your ACEs Initiative [Video]

The second session of the Starting & Growing Resilient Communities: Online & IRL (In Real Life) was a success. Many members tuned in and were able to learn more about mission/vision statements, creating norms and strategic planning. I have embedded the video in this post. The third session, Launching Your ACEs Initiative , will take place March 15th. If you have any questions about the series, please contact Ingrid Cockhren , TN & Midwest Community Facilitator.

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