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Even those with disabilities should have a safe place to go: A family's crisis during a wildfire [calmatters.org]

By Diana Pastora Carson, Cal Matters, July 8, 2020 Recently, my family had a scare. We had a fire threaten our property, our home in the mountains of Jamul, an unincorporated town in San Diego County. Contrary to most assumptions, potentially losing our houses on the property was not the actual scare. The scare was that my brother, Joaquin, who experiences severe autism and epilepsy, had no place to go. With people with disabilities moving out of institutions and Gov. Gavin Newsom...

Newsom to release 8,000 prisoners in California by August amid coronavirus outbreaks [sfchronicle.com]

By Jason Fagone, Megan Cassidy, and Alexei Koseff, San Francisco Chronicle, July 10, 2020 Gov. Gavin Newsom will release approximately 8,000 people incarcerated inside California’s prison system by August, in a move that comes amid devastating coronavirus outbreaks at several facilities and pressure from lawmakers and advocates. The releases, which were announced just before noon Friday, will come on a rolling basis, and they’ll include both people who were scheduled to be freed soon as well...

Advocating for healing-centered schools [cachildrentrust.org]

From California Children's Trust, July 10, 2020 California Children’s Trust, and its partners, are making the case for policies and practices acknowledging the “Persistent Traumatic Stress Environment” (framing provided by Dr. Shawn Ginwright ) our children and youth are experiencing. We invite you to listen to these recordings, and hear from behavioral health, education and social justice leaders with both inspirational messages and concrete proposals that reimagine our children’s...

What happens when a drinking water system fails? Ask this small California town [sacbee.com]

By Monica Vaughan, The Sacramento Bee, July 8, 2020 Residents in Earlimart, California, lost water service when a 50-year-old well on Mary Ann Avenue failed in late May. When it came back on, the main source of drinking water for more than 8,000 residents became a well contaminated with a chemical from banned pesticides. And most residents didn’t know. The Tulare County town’s water system is failing, in a lot of ways. [ Please click here to read more .]

UPCOMING WEBINAR: Fundamentals of ACE Screening and Response in Adult Medicine [acesaware.org]

Webinar: Fundamentals of ACE Screening and Response in Adult Medicine Wed, Jul 29, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PDT [ Please click here to register .] Panelists will discuss the components of screening adult patients for Adverse Childhood Experiences ( ACEs ) and toxic stress and developing comprehensive treatment plans. With distinct clinical viewpoints and a case-based format, this webinar will cover: The value of screening adults for ACEs and toxic stress and responding with evidence-based...

How the COVID-19 Pandemic is Highlighting the Importance of Trauma-Informed Care: Q&A with Dr. Edward Machtinger [chcs.org]

By Meryl Schulman and Emma Opthof, Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc., July 7, 2020 COVID-19 and the stressors it is placing on individuals’ physical, emotional, and financial wellbeing create a new imperative for health care systems to look to trauma-informed care to support both patients and frontline workers. To learn more about how health care providers are using trauma-informed approaches to care in the current environment, the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) recently...

Care in the COVID-19 Era: An Analysis of California Community Clinics (CHCF)

By Abby Sears, OCHIN, July 1, 202, CHCF. While COVID-19 has not yet created the overwhelming surge of cases feared by leaders of California’s health care delivery system, the pandemic is having unprecedented effects. Patients continue to put off routine and nonemergency care, primary care doctors are increasingly worried about the survival of their practices, and hospitals are experiencing a dramatic decline in emergency and inpatient visits.

California reaches milestone with ACEs initiatives pulsing in all 58 counties. Next: All CA cities.

Karen Clemmer, the Northwest community facilitator with ACEs Connection, was already deeply interested in the CDC/Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study when she and a colleague from the Child Parent Institute were invited to lunch by ACEs Connection founder and publisher Jane Stevens in 2012. But that lunch meeting changed everything. Karen Clemmer “Jane helped us see a bigger world,” says Clemmer. “She came with a much wider lens. She didn’t look only at Sonoma County, she...

ACEs Champion Dana Kwitnicki — An ACEs Tale of Two Counties

Growing up in suburban New Jersey, Dana Kwitnicki, a physician assistant, says she always wanted to be in health care. Her dad is a dentist, her mother a teacher, and she grew up with several other family members also in medicine. Kwitnicki learned about becoming a PA while attending Northeastern University in Boston, MA, where she earned a degree in health sciences. After undergraduate school, she earned a Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies at Philadelphia University through a vigorous...

State budget signed [childrennow.org]

Hello 4CA friends – Sending a quick update on the state budget. Please add on if you have more/different information – thanks! The short story is that many of the worst cuts that were discussed were NOT enacted in the final budget, which is good news. Some of the items most related to childhood trauma include: The final budget rejects the May Revise proposal to reduce $4.5 million General fund from the Black Infant Health Program . While there will be no cuts to Prop 56 Medi-Cal supplemental...

Watch the Webinar: “Fundamentals of ACE Screening and Response in Pediatrics” [acesaware.org]

From ACEs Aware, July 1, 2020 ACEs Aware hosted a webinar on June 24th – “ Fundamentals of ACE Screening and Response in Pediatrics. ” You can watch the webinar at ACEsAware.org . Dr. Burke Harris and three other health care providers walked through two case studies to show how ACE screening can impact their clinical decision-making. Panelists: Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH, FAAP – California Surgeon General Lisa Gutiérrez Wang, PhD – Director of Children’s Behavioral Health, Santa Cruz...

First 5 Alameda County receives CA grant to join adverse childhood experiences awareness initiative (DailyCal)

By Vani Suresh, June 30, 2020, DailyCal. The California surgeon general’s office and the Department of Health Care Services recently awarded First 5 Alameda County a $325,470 grant to participate in the state’s ACEs, or adverse childhood experiences, Aware initiative. The grant, announced Thursday, will go toward training about ACEs for MediCal providers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, according to a press release. Help Me Grow, a First 5 Alameda County program, will continue...

Undocumented Immigrant Families With Young Kids Now Qualify For Some State Tax Credits (LAist)

By Marianna Dale, July 1, 2020, LAist. A pair of California tax credit programs that are often worth thousands of dollars for families with young children will be open to all immigrant parents under the state budget signed by Governor Gavin Newsom this week. The Earned Income and Young Child Tax Credit programs had previously excluded anyone who files their taxes with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number , or ITIN, because they don’t have a Social Security number. Those families will...

Santa Rosa police to begin keeping racial data (Press Democrat)

By Lori Carter, July 1,2020, Press Democrat. Santa Rosa police will begin collecting demographic data on people its officers stop earlier than state law requires in an effort to quantify and ultimately prevent racial profiling. Chief Ray Navarro said Wednesday the department is working to begin gathering certain demographic details about pedestrian and traffic stops by 2021, one year earlier than required by the state Racial and Identity Profiling Act. The law, passed in 2015, gave smaller...

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