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Covered California Says Health Insurance Just Got Too Cheap to Ignore [californiahealthline.org]

By Bernard J. Wolfson, California Healthline, May 3, 2021 If you are uninsured because health coverage seemed too expensive the last time you looked, it’s time to look again. A new federal law could make it a whole lot cheaper to buy your own insurance if you don’t get coverage through an employer or a government insurance program such as Medicare or Medicaid. The law, the American Rescue Plan, provides billions of federal dollars to reduce premiums for people who buy their coverage through...

Conoce al ángel de TikTok de los vendedores ambulantes [calmatters.org]

Por Jacqueline Garcia, Cal Matters, 6 Mayo 2021 Cuando TikTok comenzó a ganar popularidad, Jesús Morales, como muchos otros jóvenes, decidió crear contenido original para publicar en la plataforma de redes sociales. Lo que no esperaba es que en muy poco tiempo se convertiría en influencer y ángel de la guarda para muchos vendedores ambulantes en California. El joven de 24 años dijo que después de ser despedido de su trabajo al comienzo de la pandemia en 2020, decidió usar su tiempo libre...

What to remember as we reconnect post-pandemic with student families [edsource.org]

By Thomas Courtney, EdSource, May 3, 2021 If you asked me two years ago which student owned a guinea pig named Max or eight dogs, I am certain I could not have told you. But now I can. It’s strange to be in a position where we see so much of our students’ lives through a computer screen, and yet also feel so disconnected from the students and the families we serve. Now, as schools and their communities seek to re-establish these relationships, state and district leaders are considering how...

'Heartbreak on top of heartbreak': California's first surgeon general navigates the pandemic [latimes.com]

By Marissa Evans, Los Angeles Times, May 6, 2021 When Dr. Nadine Burke Harris received her COVID-19 vaccine in Oakland last month, she internally rejoiced. As California’s surgeon general , the state’s top physician, she was glad to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to show others it was safe. But one of the most critical parts of the pandemic’s vaccine rollout — reassuring Black and brown communities that the vaccines available are safe — is an ongoing task. “I think that I myself...

Meet the Tik Tok angel of street vendors [calmatters.org]

By Jacqueline Garcia, Cal Matters, May 6, 2021 When TikTok started gaining popularity, Jesus Morales, like many other young people, decided to create original content to post on the social media platform. What he did not expect is that in a very short time he would become an influencer and a guardian angel for many street vendors in California. The 24-year-old said that after being fired from his job at the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, he decided to use his free time to create funny...

ACEs Aware Grantee April Highlights [acesaware.org]

Grantee Highlights: La Maida Project, Sutter County Children & Families Commission, and the Center for Nature and Health at UCSF ACEs Aware grantees play an integral role in the initiative’s mission to reduce toxic stress across California communities. This month, we asked three grantees to share new learning opportunities and local connections that have emerged as a result of their ACEs Aware grant. [ Please click here to read more .]

Policing in schools: Redefining public safety to be supportive & healing, instead of punitive & criminalizing

A recent video , shared on the national news, shows a 16-year-old Florida student being slammed to the ground by a police officer working at her school. It’s one of many such incidents of school-based police violence against students captured in videos around the country. Some of the victims are as young as five years old. About 47% of U.S. schools employ armed police officers , known as school resource officers, who are there to keep students safe. But students who attend these schools...

NCHDV 2021 is a Wrap: don't miss the recorded Keynotes and Plenaries! [futureswithoutviolence.org]

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2021 National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence last week! With over 2000 people, 60+ amazing concurrent sessions, 5 crucial plenaries and keynotes, as well as artist performances and special wellness offerings, it was a truly special and meaningful week. We hope that everyone who came enjoyed themselves, learned something new, and got to connect with others in the field! ¡Gracias a todos los que participaron en la Conferencia Nacional...

First 5 Siskiyou Virtual Training: Parenting in Oz! Trauma-Informed Parenting - presented by Rolf Van Leeuwen, MSW

Join us in this virtual training to learn about a very unique and healing way to care for traumatized children! May 13, 2021 ~ 9:00AM to 12:30PM (PDT) Parenting In Oz! is an experiential, memorable, trauma-informed, parenting curriculum designed to help parents and professionals understand and respond therapeutically to the acting-out behaviors often exhibited by children who have experienced the trauma of neglect, abuse, and loss. More information about this training is available in the the...

Street Medicine Programs Improvise to Meet Shifting Challenges [chcf.org]

By Rob Waters, California Health Care Foundation, March 30, 2021 The black-and-green bus pulls into a parking lot around the corner from the Oakland Coliseum complex, where the Oakland Athletics play baseball, and the Golden State Warriors used to play basketball. This bus carries health workers, not ballplayers, and the lot is now home for dozens of individuals and families living in recreational vehicles (RVs), not parking for sports fans. Under a light rain and gusty winds, members of the...

New Prevention Institute video about the importance of healing for health, safety, and wellbeing

Dear Friends: Hope you all have been doing well! I’m writing to share a two-minute video we’ve created to highlight the work of Heal SF, Healing City Baltimore, and St. Louis ReCAST. These groups are doing incredible work: transforming systems to support frontline workers, building community connections, and funding projects that matter to the community. Amidst the pandemic, adverse climate events, and ongoing racial injustices that have strained our mental wellbeing, community-led efforts...

Mind Matters approved as a Prevention/Early Intervention Model

Earlier this week, the LA County Department of Mental Health informed us that our program Mind Matters: Overcoming Adversity and Building Resilience had been approved as a Prevention and Early Intervention Model for community outreach services. Some ACEs Aware grantees are interesting in using it in their community networks of care. Mind Matters’ lessons teach people aged 12 and up to heal from Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and other negative experiences with innovative methods based...

REGISTER NOW - ONE WEEK LEFT!: Asthma & Toxic Stress On-Demand Webinar: CME Opportunity Available Until May 11, 2021

Currently, there are no standard asthma management guidelines that account for the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress on asthma, leaving underserved communities particularly vulnerable to increased risk and severity. Children for whom ACEs and asthma co-occur may ultimately require different prevention and intervention strategies due to their toxic stress-related physiology. As more pediatric clinics become aware of the role of ACEs on health outcomes, the field...

Ending Phone Visits for Health Center Patients Would Be a Setback to Health Equity [chcf.org]

By Christopher Perrone, California Health Care Foundation, April 30, 2021 Because of the barriers to care caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and other health care providers in California were granted unprecedented flexibility by federal and state policymakers to use telehealth to care for their patients. These changes have been instrumental in maintaining access to care over the past year and contributed to a steep reduction in patient no-show rates...

ACEs Aware: Faces of ACEs

ACE Overcomers and The Family Resource Center of Merced County are dedicated to transforming the lives of men, women, and children exposed to ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and trauma throughout Merced County. The two Merced County agencies have released an educational video about the effects of childhood trauma and how to overcome such adversity. The goal of this video is to educate parents/caregivers and the public about the impact of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences), and how to...

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