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January 2021

COVID-19 cases, new syndrome on the rise among children, especially Latino children (calmatters.org)

“We are at a critical time because the overall number of cases of COVID are increasing so much,” said Dr. Jackie Szmuszkovicz, pediatric cardiologist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “We are seeing more children with MIS-C the last few weeks following that big increase (of cases) in the community.” MIS-C , or Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, is the name of a new inflammatory syndrome that afflicts a small number of kids three to six weeks after they experienced coronavirus,...

Including Indigenous Perspectives in Your Organization (coco-net.org)

We were really excited to stumble on the Towards Braiding project. The project looks at the troubled terrain of non-Indigenous people or organizations trying to develop relationships with Indigenous people. Questions for Non-Indigenous Organizations They have a worksheet for non-Indigenous organizations that includes reflections on a series of questions: What do you expect the Indigenous perspective to do for you? What kind of learning are you willing to do? What are the hidden costs and...

Could California’s Shopping Centers Be a Housing Fix? [bloomberg.com]

By Patrick Sisson, January 19, 2021 for Bloomberg El Camino Real is a 600-mile historic thoroughfare that once linked Spanish missions in California, running from San Francisco to San Diego. Between Daly City and San Jose, the road is a nearly 45-mile corridor of suburban offices, fast-food outlets, auto parts stores, and other businesses slicing through Silicon Valley, tying together some of the nation’s priciest residential neighborhoods. Like so many other shopping-center laden strips of...

ACEs Champion: Child psychiatrist David Corwin's campaign against spanking rooted in ACEs science

Dr. David Corwin, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine, told me an astonishing fact recently: 61 countries around the world have banned spanking and hitting children, with another 50 pledging to do so. But the United States is far behind in addressing this kind of physical violence toward children. And that was just one of three amazing elements of my recent three-hour interview with him. No. 2: It was the longest interview I’ve ever conducted for this site.

ACEs Aware Network of Care Implementation grant totaling $3,000,000.00

The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) received a grant award notice today for the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Aware Network of Care Implementation grant totaling $3,000,000.00 for the contract period of February 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022. Grant award information can be referenced through the following link: Network of Care Grant Summary - January 27, 2021 (acesaware.org) . This successful proposal is a result of your commitment and support for this work and your role in...

Western Youth Services Launches Resilience Toolbox to Address Negative Social and Economic Impact of COVID-19 (Cision PR Newswire)

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. , Jan. 27, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to the disruption that COVID-19 has brought to homes and schools, Western Youth Services (WYS) announced the RESET Toolbox, a collection of resources and trainings to build resilience in children and teens. WYS collaborated with several organizations, most notably Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) and Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) to pool their knowledge base, relationships and resources into one online...

Join the IRS for EITC Awareness Day - January 29, 2021!

From the Internal Revenue Service (IRS): “EITC Awareness Day is a joint venture between the IRS and its many partners and stakeholders. Intensive media coverage helps us reach the broadest possible range of eligible taxpayers, including the underserved populations and the newly eligible taxpayers. EITC can increase a federal tax refund from $1 to $6,660 for qualified taxpayers. IRS estimates four of five, or 80%, of eligible taxpayers claim and get this important credit. Help us ensure the...

Latest Data on ACEs

Kidsdata.org recently released the latest data describing ACEs among children in California. These data, from the National Survey of Children's Health, summarize findings from parents reporting on their children's adverse experiences. Newly available, learn about the percentages of African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, and White children who experience two or more adverse experiences in California. Children with Adverse Experiences, by Number and by County Children with Adverse...

A Health Care System that Supports Children with Special Health Care Needs and Their Families

In California, 14% of children have a special health care need. Kidsdata released updated data on children with special health care needs that describe their characteristics , access to services , level of insurance coverage , and quality of their care . The data also describe the impact of having a special health care need on children and families . Core to the Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s definition of children with special health care needs (CSHCN) is the need for care “beyond that...

Sonoma State receives near $5 million from NASA to engage autistic learners in STEM [news.sonoma.edu]

By Nate Galvan, Sonoma State University News, January 26, 2021 Sonoma State University has been awarded $4.96 million from NASA to design and implement a program that will engage students on the autism spectrum in informal STEM learning. NASA’s Neurodiversity Network (N3) aims to broaden participation in NASA programs to include autistic and other learners with neurological differences. As part of NASA’s Science Activation Program , which is composed of teams across the nation to help...

CCT maps out 2021 -- Hope and Healing on the Horizon

Dear Friends and Allies, As we emerge from a year of crisis and despair, we are lifted by the hope of a new administration and the growing state and national consensus that we must respond at scale to the social and emotional challenges facing children. Challenges clearly driven by structural racism, the stabilization of poverty, and a culture that equates wealth with value, and fame with merit. CCT and our allies are doubling down on our commitment to reimagine children’s mental health as a...

Join the Catalyst Center for our ACEs Aware Regional Provider Trainings! [catalyst-center.org]

From The Catalyst Center, January 27, 2021 Through this training, you will gain insight and tools on ACEs, Toxic Stress, ACE screening, and unique populations experiencing ACEs, to then identify and engage community-based services to provide a warm handoff for patients and their families. Our ACEs Aware provider trainings will begin with the Orange County region on February 22nd, 2021. [ Please click here to register for the Provider Trainings .] We also invite ALL to join our regional...

Participate in a New Research Project for 18-26 Year-Old Parents Formerly in Foster Care [cssp.org]

By Center for the Study of Social Policy, January 26, 2021 Healthy Teen Network is currently seeking 18-26 year-old parents, who were in foster care around age 17, or have "aged-out" of the system, to participate in a new research projects centering and understanding the needs of young parents during the pandemic. Participants will receive compensation of $50 or $95, depending on how they choose to engage with the project. View the complete flyer here. For those interested, please email...

CSU promises to keep tuition flat for 2021 school year [calmatter.org]

By Mikhail Zinshteyn, Cal Matters, January 26, 2021 California State University students will not see their tuition rise for the upcoming 2021-22 academic year, promising rare good news for the system’s nearly 500,000 students battered by a year like no other. “I want to make sure all of our students hear that, and all the students that are thinking about the CSU hear that: No increase in tuition for 2021-22,” said new Chancellor Joseph Castro during the bimonthly CSU Board of Trustees...

Street Medicine Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic [chcf.org]

By Center for Health Care Strategies, California Health Care Foundation, January 11, 2021 Within California, 70% of the approximately 150,000 people experiencing homelessness are living unsheltered, according to the Annual Homeless Assessment Report developed by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Street medicine is the practice of providing basic medical care to people experiencing homelessness and living on the street. What began in the early 1990s with the recognition that...

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