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September 2019

Access the California Department of Social Services, Office of Child Abuse Prevention’s Data Dashboard!

The California Department of Social Services, Office of Child Abuse Prevention (CDSS/OCAP), has developed a new County Prevention Data Dashboard to identify areas of strength and need pertaining to the prevention of child maltreatment across California. This tool presents relevant data in one location for primary and secondary prevention planning purposes and shares indicators of major risk and protective factors for child abuse and neglect, social determinants of health, and early stages of...

Bill On Governor’s Desk Aims To Reduce Childhood Trauma By Diverting Parents Into Treatment, Instead Of Prison [witnessla.com]

By Taylor Walker, Witness LA, September 13, 2019 An estimated 10 million US children have parents who are currently locked up, or who have previously been incarcerated. A bill currently on Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk, SB 394, seeks to reduce the number of parents and children separated by incarceration by boosting diversion. Children arguably suffer the worst consequences of mass incarceration. In 2014, a UC Irvine study found that having a parent behind bars can be more damaging to a kid’s...

CA 3rd Annual API Mental Health Empowerment Conference in Fresno County

The purpose of the annual Asian & Pacific Islander Mental Health Empowerment Conference (APIMHEC) is to increase awareness of mental health concerns and to promote improvement of mental health services for Asian & Pacific Islander (API) communities. The 2019 APIMHEC Conference will be hosted by Fresno County's Department of Behavioral Health at Clovis Veteran's Memorial District. This conference will convene mental health service providers, consumers, family members, students,...

California Legislature Approves Bill To Reduce Maternal Mortality Rate For Black Women (Podcast) [kpbs.org]

By Jade Hindmon, KPBS, September 12, 2019 California has the lowest maternal mortality rate in the country, according to the United Health Foundation's health rankings. But black women in California continue to die at a rate three to four times higher than white women from pregnancy or delivery complications. Several advocacy groups believe racial bias in the health care system in to blame. To address the disparity, California lawmakers approved Senate Bill 464, the California Dignity in...

Uneven Ground Part II: Navigating Food Deserts and Swamps [paloaltoonline.com]

By Kate Bradshaw, Palo Alto Online, September 11, 2019 When Kendy Mendoza of East Palo Alto and his wife experienced health scares over the last few years, they took action to turn their lives around. Eight years ago, when his wife was diagnosed with diabetes, she cut out bread and tortillas from her diet, he said. Two years ago, after a heart-related health scare, he added, he changed his diet and exercise habits, and now hikes and eats 70% more fruits and vegetables. "My life is changing,"...

Fresno County Adopts Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan and Risk Assessment Tool [hanfordsentinel.com]

By The Hanford Sentinel, September 12, 2019 The Fresno County Board of Supervisors has formally adopted a Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan and Suicide Risk Assessment Tool, helping to provide a uniform approach and framework for addressing and preventing suicide in Fresno County. “Suicide is a preventable tragedy that requires collaboration and meaningful action if we ever hope to reach those who are suffering and bring an end to these painful events,” says Fresno County District 5...

County Supervisors Greenlight Mental Health Program for First Responders [sandiegouniontribune.com]

By Charles T. Clark, The San Diego Union-Tribune, September 10, 2019 On Tuesday the San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously backed a proposal creating a new behavioral health program that will provide confidential mental health services to all first responders in the county, even if they are retired. The program will cost $450,000 in the current fiscal year’s budget with funds coming from a realignment of Health and Human Services funding. Although public safety departments in the...

Foster & Homeless Legislative Training on 10/21 in Sac

Placer County Office of Education (COE) and Sacramento COE are hosting a Foster & Homeless Legislative Training on October 21, 2019 in Sacramento. Spaces are still available and the registration link is included in the attached flyer. Focus of Training: Learn about state and federal laws intended to improve educational opportunities, school stability, and academic/social outcomes for foster and homeless youth, from legal experts at the National Center for Youth Law. Target Audience: •...

Transition Age Youth (TAY) Conference in March 2020

TAYCON 2020 is the third annual Transition Age Youth (TAY) conference, which will be held on March 2nd and 3rd, 2020, in the City of Industry. This conference brings together transition age youth and professionals from across the state for collaboration and learning opportunities. This year’s conference theme is “Creating a Web Self-Sufficiency, Stability, and Support”. We selected this theme because, like superheroes, our youth overcome adversity to discover their potential. As with...

Register Now! Webinar on Children in Detention for Health Professionals

National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse Children in Detention: Critical Clinical, Legal, Policy, and Human Rights Issues for Health Professionals Date: Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 Time (by time zone): 11:00 - 12:30 PM Pacific/ 12:00 - 1:30 PM Mountain/ 1:00 - 2:30 PM Central/ 2:00 - 3:30 PM Eastern Register for the webinar This webinar will feature closed captioning and will be recorded. Thousands of children seeking refuge from life-threatening danger in their home countries...

Trauma-informed groups rev up to address race, inclusion

Eighteen-year-old Kia Hanson has always enjoyed her time as a youth leader at the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC). She’s worked mostly with five- and six-year-olds since she began in 2016. Recently, she tapped into new skills, especially if the kids were having a meltdown. Kia Hanson “If they’re off, we ask them, ‘What’s wrong?’ ‘Do you want to talk about anything?’,” she explains. “Basically asking before assuming they’re mad at the world for no reason.” What made the...

Enroll today for the 10/3 SoCal Learning Community

Re-visioning Prevention: Exploring Systems Innovation and Best Practices in the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect This 4-part series is designed to build leadership capacity to improve outcomes for children and families in the SoCal region. Join us for the first convening in October and participate in this innovative peer learning experience, hear from topic experts and connect with colleagues in the SoCal region. Date: Thursday October 3, 2019 Time: Check in at 9am, begin at 9:30am,...

Core Connectivity: A foundation for Empowering Families

Resilient Sacramento hosted Joanna Jullien from Core Connectivity: A Foundation to Empower Families. She spoke on the "digital native" generation and the need to learn new skills to parent in the current world. According to Joanna "In the network culture, where it is easy to believe you can simply “ Google” anything you think you need to know, everyone with access to the internet needs to think like the quarterback. So this means we must consider our children to be emerging executives and...

Job Opportunity

Hi, the Chadwick Center has an opening for a Director of Clinical Operations to oversee the multiple clinical programs at Chadwick Center at Rady Children's Hospital. Job description and link to apply is attached.

Positive Childhood Experiences May Buffer Against Health Effects Of Adverse Ones [npr.org]

By Selena Simmons-Duffin, National Public Radio, September 9, 2019 Plenty of research shows that adverse childhood experiences can lead to depression and other health problems later in life. But researcher Christina Bethell wondered whether positive experiences in childhood could counter that. Her research comes from a personal place. In the 1970s, in a low-income housing complex in Los Angeles, Bethell had a tough childhood. Sometimes she didn't have money for lunch. Sometimes, when a free...

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