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September 2019

VPI Homicide Prevention Webinar on Sept. 19 from 1:00pm-2:30pm

Community of Practice Webinar Series September’s Topic: Homicide Prevention – Part I Using Data to Drive Violence Prevention Program Planning Thursday, September 19, 2019 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (PST) Please join us for the next VPI Community of Practice webinar on Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (PST) to learn more about available data sources on homicide rates and mechanism as well as a local level example of how data can be used to guide violence prevention program...

Jennifer Kent Resigns from [CA] DHCS Effective Sept. 30 [stateofreform.com]

By DJ Wilson, State of Reform, September 10, 2019 Jennifer Kent leads the Dept. of Health Care Services. Today, she sent the following email to employees announcing her resignation from the position. ————————– I have had the privilege and honor of being the Director of the Department of Health Care Services since February 2015. I always said that it was the best job I would ever have – and it’s the hardest job I’ve ever had. And one of the hard things about this job is leaving. However, I...

Hearing to be held this week on education and trauma in House of Representatives Ed and Labor subcommittee

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, California Surgeon General, will be the lead witness in a hearing on trauma-informed practices in education on Wednesday, Sept. 11 in the House of Representatives Education and Labor Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education. The hearing is titled "The Importance of Trauma-Informed Practices in Education to Assist Students Impacted by Gun Violence and Other Adversities." Other witnesses include I ngrida Barker, Ed.D. , Associate...

Opioid Crisis Resource

The California Department of Health Care Services’ (DHCS) new website, Addiction Free CA , hosts an interactive data dashboard, project resources, and treatment provider locator to support the California Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT) Expansion Project. This website serves as a hub for providers, partners, and the public to identify data regarding treatment resources, infrastructure, and opioid response projects in California. Addiction Free CA also hosts a data dashboard of...

Senator Melissa Hurtado’s bill heads to Governor’s desk [The Sentinel]

Staff reports, Sept 5, 2019 for The Sentinel " Under SB 436 , California would place into statute “family resources centers,” while formally recognizing their involvement in programmatic activities already underway within the Office of Child Abuse Prevention ." Senator Melissa Hurtado’s bill heads to Governor’s desk SACRAMENTO — Senator Melissa Hurtado’s (D-Sanger) legislation, Senate Bill 436, which would help prevent child abuse and neglect, is headed to Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk. The...

Yolo County Residents Graduate from Steps to Success [dailydemocrat.com]

By Woodland Daily Democrat, September 7, 2019 Four Yolo County residents graduated from the Steps to Success diversion program recently. The well-attended ceremony on Aug. 28 in Woodland honored Jose Maldanado, Jose Mariscal, Dennis Cortopassi and Javier Padilla. “S22, as it it is called, reported Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Raven, is a voluntary diversion program that uses restorative justice as well as trauma-informed care principles and practices to provide treatment and wrap-around...

Humboldt County Grapples With School Suspension Rates [times-standard.com]

By Sonia Waraich, Times-Standard, September 1, 2019 School suspension rates are unusually high in Humboldt County, but school districts say they’re working on reducing those numbers. Overall, the county had a 6.6% suspension rate across all its schools during the 2017-2018 school year, compared with a rate of 3.5% for the rest of the state, according to data from the state Department of Education. In some districts, school suspensions jump into the double digits – 11.2% at Southern Humboldt...

San Francisco Declares the N.R.A. a ‘Domestic Terrorist Organization’ [nytimes.com]

By Mariel Padilla, The New York Times, September 4, 2019 Unsettled by recent mass shootings across the nation, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution this week declaring the National Rifle Association a domestic terrorist organization. The resolution was introduced by Supervisor Catherine Stefani on July 30, two days after a shooting at a garlic festival in Gilroy, Calif., in which three people were killed and more than a dozen others injured. Before the...

Walk With Us: Building Community Power and Connection for Health Equity [rwjf.org]

By Aditi Vaidya, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, August 20, 2019 While many think of the Bay Area of California as the center of big tech and wealth, my memories of Oakland take me back to its Port truck drivers. Working an average of 11 hours a day, waiting in long lines at the Port of Oakland to pick up their loads, truck drivers in the Bay Area were isolated—living in the rigs they decorated with photos of their children and families. You can guess all of the reasons this is...

SoCal Learning Community launches 2019-20 series

Re-visioning Prevention: Exploring Systems Innovation and Best Practices in the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect The Strategies 2.0 Southern California Learning Community is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 series designed to build leadership capacity to improve outcomes for children and families in the SoCal region . Gain a shared understanding of effective primary , secondary and tertiary child abuse prevention programs in the SoCal region Increase your knowledge of research evidence...

Governor’s ‘Mental Health Czar’ Seeks New Blueprint For Care In California [California Health Line]

By Rob Waters, One week ago, for California Healthline. In a career full of twists, turns and high-powered assignments, Thomas Insel may now be embarking on one of his most daunting tasks yet — helping California find its way out of a worrisome mental health care crisis. This year, he assumed a new role to help Gov. Gavin Newsom revamp mental health care in the state. Newsom called Insel his “ mental health czar ,” though his position is unpaid and Insel says it grants him “no authority.”...

“Treat Me Like a Person”: What We’ve Heard So Far from Californians with Low Incomes [chcf.org]

By Carlina Hansen, California Health Care Foundation, August 16, 2019 Over the last few months, I’ve had the privilege of listening to more than 100 low-income Californians talk about their experiences and aspirations in the health care system. One takeaway from those conversations rises above everything else I heard: They want to be treated as whole people, not as symptoms, visits, or poor people. The focus groups and interviews we’ve been conducting in recent months were part of a...

Homeless California Families get Help Finding Child Care [edsource.org]

By Zaidee Stavley, EdSource, September 3, 2019 For almost two years, Eva Morales moved from homeless shelter to homeless shelter. Sometimes she stayed with friends. On the worst nights, she slept in a friend’s car. It was hard for Morales, but harder for her two small children, who had to adapt with each move, only to be uprooted again soon after. Her son, who is now 4, angered easily. He didn’t want to play with his 2-year-old sister and he refused to eat most of the food at the shelter.

The California Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review [ CMQCC, CDPH, MCAH, PHI]

New reports, recently released: The California Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review (CA-PAMR) is a statewide, in-depth examination of deaths while pregnant or within one year after end of pregnancy, which aims to identify the cause and timing of death, factors that contributed to the death, and improvement opportunities in maternity care and support, with the ultimate goal to reduce preventable deaths and associated health disparities. CA-PAMR is a collaborative effort between the Maternal,...

Strategies 2.0 [strategiesca.asentialms.com]

By Strategies CA, September 4, 2019 Healthy families are the bedrock of strong, vibrant communities. When the skills and abilities of professionals and their organizations grow and strengthen, they can create bigger, more sustainable changes in their communities so that all families can be healthy. Organizations working with families want to support as many people as possible and make a bigger impact but their budgets and resources fall far short of their aspirations. With no-cost trainings...

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