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October 2020

Monty’s Day in Court - Children's Book

I wanted to tell everyone about my new children’s book available in English and Spanish: “Monty’s Day in Court: What To Expect When You Have To Testify In Court”. “Monty’s Day in Court” is the first children’s book written from the perspective of a child who testifies in court against his abuser. Monty’s story serves as a tool for children in learning resilience and as an aid for those on the front lines helping young people through challenging times. To learn more about the book please...

"A Better Normal" Community Discussion: Suicide Awareness and Community Cafes

Join us on Friday November 6, 2020 from noon to 1:00 PST as we come together and join Satya Chandragiri MD, Bonnie O’Hern RN, Denise PNP, & Michael Polacek RN for a discussion around the tender issue of suicide. Together we will discuss ways people and providers can support each other and encourage communities to take action to support one another around suicide prevention, crisis intervention, and the layers of culture and structural barriers to care. A special emphasis will be on...

Social Science Framework Focuses Attention on Policy Initiatives to Reduce Childhood Adversity in California

An important report challenges California policy makers to move well beyond ACEs screening in order to achieve the state's "bold goal" of reducing exposure to childhood trauma. The report employs a broad social science framework to examine the sources of adversity in systemic racism, economic inequality, environmental hazards, and inadequate community resources to support community resilience.

ACEs Connection joins Facebook!

If you have a profile on Facebook, we would love to have you connect with our new Facebook Page for ACEs Connection ! We have recently created a new Facebook page to continue to spread information about trauma-informed and resilience-building practices. We will be sharing articles, resources, and upcoming events. Check us out on all our social media platforms: ACEs Connection on LinkedIn ACEs Connection on YouTube ACEs Connection on Twitter ACEs Connection on Instagram ACEs Connection on...

ACEs Aware in Action October Newsletter [acesaware.org]

ACEs Aware in Action ACEs Aware Trains Nearly 14,000 Health Care Providers in Trauma-Informed Care Nearly 14,000 health care providers have completed the ACEs Aware initiative’s core training program, a key finding included in a data report released on October 15 by the Office of the California Surgeon General (CA-OSG) and Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). “ Becoming ACEs Aware in California ” trains health care providers to screen patients for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)...

Dropping affirmative action had huge impact on California's public universities [edsource.org]

By Thomas Peele and Daniel J. Willis, EdSource, October 29, 2020 California’s 24-year ban on affirmative action has had a staggering impact on underrepresented students seeking admission to the state’s public universities. On Tuesday, voters will once again consider whether race and gender can be determining factors in college admissions, public-agency hiring and contracting and whether to reverse course in a state where the demographics of its electorate have dramatically changed over the...

4 in 10 Sonoma County high school students are failing, educators searching for solutions before it's too late [pressdemocrat.com]

By Kerry Benefield, The Press Democrat, October 29, 2020 Nearly 4 in 10 high school students in Sonoma County have one or more failing grades and more than 7 in 10 say they feel deep anxiety about the future, a one-two punch that prompted educators across the county to convene an unprecedented meeting Tuesday to find the root of the problem and correct it before the graduation prospects of thousands of students are imperiled. About 120 teachers, counselors, principals and superintendents met...

Ward Connerly: Anti:affirmative actio leader calls Proposition 16 effort to 'reshape' power in California [edsource.org]

By Thomas Peele, EdSource, October 28, 2020 Twenty-four years after he led efforts that banned affirmative action in California, former UC Regent Ward Connerly is dismissive of the idea that those efforts are his legacy. His legacy, he said recently, “is the legacy that was established back in 1776 when the structure of our society was outlined. When I came into this world, I inherited that. I don’t want to sound like I’m super patriotic, although I probably am.” His reference to the...

Resource: Coping with Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic One-Pager in English and Spanish

Coping with Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic is now available in ADA compliant English and Spanish versions! Please share the attached resource with your networks, the families you serve, or where families access meals or food boxes through the school community or food distribution centers. Here’s more information about the document: The California Department of Public Health, Injury and Prevention Branch (CDPH/IVPB) and the California Department of Social Service, Office of Child Abuse...

ACEs Aware Consultants for Facilitation and Report Research & Development RFQ [first5la.org]

FUNDING ALERT October 28, 2020 ACEs AWARE CONSULTANTS FOR FACILITATION AND REPORT RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ) First 5 LA has released a Request for Qualifications for consultants to support ACEs Aware. The ACEs Aware initiative seeks to change and save lives by helping Medi-Cal providers understand the importance of screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and training them to respond with trauma-informed care. First 5 LA was selected by Office of...

New California preventive mental health coverage puts ACEs science front and center

A mother, frantic with worry, brought her newborn in for a checkup at the pediatric clinic at San Francisco General Hospital. But there wasn’t anything wrong with the baby. And over the next several months, no amount of reassurance could convince the mom that her child was eating, sleeping and growing just fine. If anything, the mother’s worry led to behavior that raised alarm bells for her health care providers. Dr. Kate Margolis “[The family] wasn’t returning calls from the provider, and...

A Proactive Approach to Student Wellness [mdlogix.com]

By Mdlogix, July 2020 Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) works hard to maximize behavioral health support to students in the county’s six independent school districts. Through a partnership with the county’s behavioral health department – which has been continuously expanded and strengthened over the past 11 years – SCOE has been able to support a variety of suicide prevention, mental health, and social emotional learning programs in school-based settings. Part of these initiatives...

Designing for family needs: Del Norte County & Ready4K

Del Norte and Ready4K have been working together to create a program specifically designed to support the health and educational goals of this beautiful, remote corner of CA. We're so proud to share the story of what we've created together - a story that continues to unfold. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Nestled in the northwestern corner of California along the Oregon border, Del Norte County is one of the most rural communities in the most populous state in the country. It’s a land of towering Redwood...

New report on California ACEs prevalence shines light on racism and disparities

Racism is among the root causes of adverse childhood experiences, according to a newly released report on the prevalence of ACEs in California. “Children of color are disproportionately impacted by ACEs due to stressful environments, socio-economic inequalities, and lack of systemic support and resources for families of color,” the report said. Released by the Essentials for Childhood Initiative , the report reflects state data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System between 2011...

New Position at Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences (HOPE)

The Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences (HOPE) National Resource Center, housed within the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies at Tufts Medical Center, has an exciting opportunity for your consideration. Given our fast pace of growth, and the high demand for HOPE, we are hiring a part-time research assistant (with the potential for full-time work)! This position provides assistance in support of research, outreach, and dissemination activities under supervision...

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