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June 2019

California wants to find out if you — or your kids — have experienced trauma [edsource.org]

By Zaidee Stavely, EdSource, June 25, 2019. Has your child ever lived with a parent or caregiver who had mental health issues, such as depression? Witnessed a parent or caregiver being screamed at, insulted or humiliated by another adult? Been separated from their parent or caregiver due to foster care or immigration? Those are some of the questions on a survey that California pediatricians will use to screen millions of children for traumatic experiences beginning Jan. 1, 2020. Many more of...

ACEs Science Champions Series: Because of Andres Perez, 10,000+ Latinx parents in Northern California embrace trauma-informed parenting

Andres Perez immigrated to San Jose, Calif., from Mexico in 1990. He was 24 years old, undocumented, knew little English, lacked job skills, and had a pregnant wife to support. He hit the ground running by completing an ESL program in San Jose City College, and, while working days at any job he could find, at night he earned an associate of science degree with specialization in electronics and computers in 2002. Fortunately for thousands of Latinx parents and their children, he never worked...

Building blocks: California’s proposed early education legislation [EdSource]

By Zaidee Stavely, EdSource, June, 24, 2019 California is on the brink of making huge investments in young children. EdSource is tracking 27 early childhood bills introduced in the Legislature this session that focus on a host of issues, from expanding paid family leave to improving access to preschool. See full article for list which will be updated as the bills make their way through the Legislature and bills that have stalled.

Toxic stress: the other health crisis politicians should be talking about [STATnews.com]

By Jim Hickman, STATnews.com, June 21, 2019 A t nearly 50,000 deaths each year, the opioid epidemic is shaping up to be the central public health issue of the 2020 presidential election. From President Trump on the right with a declaration of national emergency to Sen. Elizabeth Warren on the left with a 10-year, $100 billion plan to fight addiction, the candidates are racing to outdo each other on one of the few issues that transcends our polarized politics. But there’s another burgeoning...

On Anthony Bourdain’s birthday, a Sacramento mental health drive he inspired aims to expand (sacbee.com)

As fans around the world Tuesday mark what would have been the 63rd birthday of celebrity chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain, organizers of a grassroots movement in Sacramento restaurants are expanding their efforts to foster a kitchen culture that supports the mental health of its workers. Head chef Patrick Mulvaney of Mulvaney’s B&L in midtown Sacramento said Bourdain’s suicide last June in part inspired “I Got Your Back,” a movement that pushes for open discussion and easy access to...

How Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Reshaping California’s 21st Century Economy (timesofsandiego.com)

Immigrants take big risks coming to California. When they get here, many decide to take another risk: launching their own company. Immigrants are actually more likely to start a business than people born here. California consistently ranks as one of the states most reliant on immigrants for new business creation. “California is very much a hotbed of immigrant entrepreneurship,” said Bill Kerr, Harvard Business School professor. Nationwide, about 25% of new companies are founded by...

California Lags In National Report On Child Well-Being [KPCC Public Radio]

Priska Neely | June 17, 2019 The 2019 edition of the annual KIDS COUNT Data Book shows that California is behind a lot of other states when it comes to education, health and well-being for its children. The report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, shows that the state ranks 35th overall, 46th for economic wellbeing -- with high rates of child poverty and high housing costs -- and 36th for education. Listen to full audio report

Let’s invest in the care of our young people instead of putting them in cages [Sacramento Bee]

BY CHET HEWITT AND SHANE GOLDSMITH SPECIAL TO THE SACRAMENTO BEE JUNE 13, 2019 02:40 AM, UPDATED JUNE 13, 2019 02:40 AM California’s young people need care, not cages. That call to action has become the drumbeat of a powerful movement of advocates working across California to push us to think bigger – and act boldly – to improve the health and wellbeing of our state’s biggest assets: our young people. A central theme and focus of this movement has been to encourage California to shift its...

Artificial Intelligence Will Soon Be Responsible For Reducing Implicit Bias In The San Francisco DA’s Office [Witness LA]

by Taylor Walker, Witness LA, June 14, 2019 On July 1, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón will launch a new artificial intelligence tool meant to eradicate potential racial bias in prosecutors’ charging decisions via a “race-blind charging system.” The first-of-its-kind algorithmic tool, created by the Stanford Computational Policy Lab, will also be offered free to any other prosecutor’s offices that wish to take part. “Lady justice is depicted wearing a blindfold to signify...

5 Essential Takeaways From The New Oversight Plan For LA County’s Still-Troubled Probation Department [Witness LA]

By Celeste Fremon, Witness LA, June 17, 2019 After 14 public listening sessions held all around Los Angeles County—some of the meetings drawing as many as 200 people—the temporary blue-ribbon panel, known as the Probation Reform and Implementation Team, or PRIT, delivered its plan late last week for the creation of the nation’s first civilian oversight commission for a local probation department. Before it was made public, WitnessLA gave readers an early look at the proposed strategy,...

Overdose and suicide among top causes of death for new moms in California, study finds [Sacramento Bee]

By Elizabeth Shwe, The Sacramento Bee, June 14, 2019 Drug overdose and suicide are leading causes of death among California mothers within the first year after delivery, a recent study shows. Professor Sidra Goldman-Mellor of UC Merced and Professor Claire Margerison of Michigan State University found that drug overdoses were the second-leading cause of postpartum death and suicide was the seventh in California. Both constitute around 20% of all California postpartum deaths from 2010-2012.

San Bernardino Valley College hosts California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris [IECN]

by Community News, Inland Empire Community News, Jun 10, 2019 California’s first Surgeon General, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, visited San Bernardino Valley College’s (SBVC) Child Development Center on Monday. The visit was her last stop in a statewide listening tour to raise awareness on how adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and toxic stress influences health outcomes. Burke Harris participated in a roundtable discussion moderated by SBVC President Diana Z. Rodriguez. Public health...

RockSoberFest 2019 Boonville California

Sitting under redwood trees and listening to great music with a community of people was how I experienced RockSoberFest 2019. The three day event, in the small town of Boonville in Northern California was organized to provide a safe space for people in recovery to have fun with friends and family. “Our goal is to provide a great weekend of fun, fellowship, friends, family while enjoying music. A grass-roots organization trying to create a place where performers who are clean and sober can...

LA’s At-Risk Youth Need Community Resources & Healing, Not Punishment & Pepper Spray [witnessla.com]

WitnessLA, June 5, 2019. From juvenile hall to county jail to prison to deportation, I’ve experienced first-hand the lifelong obstacles that contact with the criminal justice system can produce. As a troubled youth in the mid to late 1980s, I found that my time in LA County Probation’s juvenile halls and camps provided few resources or guidance to change my negative behavior. Instead, I learned better ways to defend myself against other troubled, gang-involved youth. It was gladiator school,...

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