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November 2019

How to Talk to Kids About Homelessness [nytimes.com]

By Jill Cowan, The New York Times, November 25, 2019 Homelessness is a part of everyday life for many California schoolchildren, for those who experience it and those who see it near schools and playgrounds. “I’m a working mother of two who has had to raise children to be not only aware and empathetic toward homeless people, but have also had to train my kids how to instantly spot an aggressive mentally ill person who may be a threat to them,” wrote Kristin, a reader in San Francisco.

OUR FUTURE AFTER THE FIRE: NON-PROFIT DONATES $1 MILLION TO HELP FIRST RESPONDERS WITH TRAUMA (Action News)

By Jafet Serrato, Oct 24, 2019, for Action News BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - The North Valley Community Foundation has been working on choosing where vital grant money should go after the Camp Fire. David Little is the executive vice president of the organization. "We are both giving direct assistance to fire survivors who need it, through our partners on the ground but also giving to agencies who need help in the longer term," Little said. The Butte County Sheriff's Office is one of those...

WEBINAR: NPPC's Pilot Site Case Studies: Lessons Learned from ACEs Screening Implementation

The Center for Youth Wellness' National Pediatric Practice Community on ACES (NPPC) is a co-designed community committed to collaborative learning. To promote this learning, we have been working with six pilot sites over the last year, representing practices of various sizes and service delivery settings, to implement ACEs screening and intervention. On Monday, December 2nd at 1pm PT , we will be holding a webinar to discuss the findings of these pilot site case studies. Please register...

Army of ACEs with Nadine Burke-Harris

Samuel Merritt University was honored with a talk by Dr Nadine Burke-Harris. The talk is available on youtube for viewing. Check out our surgeon general and the course of action CA is taking around ACEs and Toxic Stress. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mfKrhvq5zY&feature=youtu.be

San Mateo (CA) launches county initiative to tackle ACEs and build resilience

Attendees at the San Mateo event participate in ice-breaking exercise When you’re working with people who've had a lot of childhood and adult adversity, it’s hard for you to believe that anyone else can have a bad day, says Laura van Dernoot Lipsky. “Your neighbor or your best friend says: ‘I’ve had a bad day.’ And you think, ‘Oh, I’m sorry you had a bad day; were you sex trafficked today? No, you were not!'” Laura van Dernoot Lipsky Van Dernoot Lipsky, the author of Trauma Stewardship: An...

The 14th Annual Cynthia Lockhart-Mummery Conference: Building Violence-Free Schools and Communities

The 14th Annual Cynthia Lockhart-Mummery Conference hosted by Tulare County Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC) began with a 2 hour presentation by Alissa Parker, co-founder of Safe and Sound Schools and the mother of a young child lost during the Sandy Hook school mass shooting. The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, United States, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 26 people, including 20 children between six and seven...

Push the Governor and Legislature for Comprehensive Education Measure!

Good afternoon everyone, California is facing a crisis: we rank near the bottom of states when it comes to our kids. And, education is where California is furthest behind other states. Our K-12 schools have larger class sizes, fewer counselors and nurses, stripped-down course offerings, and fewer support services than almost every other state. Additionally, early learning has never been sufficiently prioritized. And, even with higher education, California, once heralded for its historic...

Expect More Tehama Education Summit Addresses Social-Emotional Learning [redbluffdailynews.com]

By Julie Zeeb, Red Bluff Daily News, November 20, 2019 Educators and community members converged Wednesday at Red Bluff’s State Theatre for the 11th annual Expect More Tehama education summit. “This year the focus was on social-emotional learning and how we can support it and become a social-emotional community through science, education and self-awareness in the community in both the private and public sector,” said Steering Committee member Kathy Garcia. “We are super excited to have Kyla...

Fresno Project Offers Pregnant Mothers of Color Hope to Avoid Preterm Births [fresnobee.com]

By Emilia Reyes and Joseph Castro, The Fresno Bee, November 20, 2019 Over the last few years, our community has given birth to innovative solution-driven projects to combat one stark fact: Fresno County ranks No. 1 on the list of California counties, with the highest preterm rate of two-thirds of all births. More startling, African American babies continue to die in their first year of life at three times the rate of all other babies. Landing on what to do about our reality has been no easy...

Medi-Cal To Expand Eligibility To Young Undocumented Adults. But Will They Enroll? [khn.org]

By Ana B. Ibarra, Kaiser Health News, November 21, 2019 Starting in January, young adults can sign up for California’s Medicaid program regardless of immigration status. But a fundamental question looms: Will they? Some young people already say they won’t enroll in public coverage because they fear federal immigration policies could later penalize them for participating — though that fear might be unfounded. Add to that their age. Young adults — both immigrants and non-immigrants — are...

Video: Counting the Central Valley [ppic.org]

By Mary Severance, Public Policy Institute of California, November 20, 2019 The 2020 Census is fast approaching, and the stakes are high for California—political representation and federal funding are on the line. The San Joaquin Valley, with a population of 4.3 million, may be one of the state’s hardest-to-count regions. In Sacramento last Friday, PPIC convened a discussion about how valley communities are preparing for the census. California has long been home to high numbers of “hard to...

Opinion: All Doctors Should Practice Trauma-Informed Care [calhealthreport.org]

By Bob Erlenbusch and Drew Factor, California Health Report, November 21, 2019 “Adverse childhood experiences are the single greatest unaddressed public health threat facing our nation today,” Dr. Robert Block, former president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, has been widely quoted as saying. According to the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, conducted in the 1990’s by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and Kaiser Permanente, adverse childhood experiences are common,...

Shared Use in the Summer: Opening school spaces to the public when classes are out [changelabsolutions.org]

By ChangeLab Solutions and Merced County Public Health Department (CA), November 20, 2019 How can communities use school spaces during vacation times? Schools are more than just places of learning for children. They serve as centers of connection for families from surrounding neighborhoods and have many facilities and resources that can benefit the wider community. Opening school spaces during times when students are not on campus can significantly improve health and equity for those who...

CA Surgeon General and DHCS Launch ACEs Aware Initiative and Website

Join a live webinar with California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris and Dr. Karen Mark Medical Director, Department of Health Care Services for a Medi-Cal provider introduction to the new ACEs Aware Initiative and the www.ACEsAware.org website. The Office of the California Surgeon General and the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), in the first public unveiling of the initiative, will host a live webinar to share details of the new ACEs Aware Initiative for Medi-Cal providers...

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