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September 2020

Researchers Seek Reproductive Justice for Black Women [chcf.org]

By Vanessa Grubbs, California Health Care Foundation, September 25, 2020 Black mothers die in hospitals at nearly four times the rate of White mothers — an appalling disparity that has persisted for decades despite state and national quality improvement initiatives, clinical safety innovations, and technological advances. This disparity persists regardless of patient income, insurance, education, comorbid conditions, or prenatal care. The fact that many clinicians, decisionmakers, and...

Disasters Are Driving a Mental Health Crisis (calhealthreport.org)

Emotional distress is common following natural disasters, and the psychological toll can linger for years, studies suggest. In California, where the state is in the midst of yet another highly destructive wildfire season, published research on the prevalence of mental health impacts among wildfire survivors in the state is scarce. However, a preliminary study by researchers at UC Davis found that around one in five people reported significant symptoms of anxiety and post-traumatic stress up...

REGISTER FOR TOMORROW'S WEBINAR: "Assessing Readiness & Building Resilience in the Clinical Workforce: A Foundation for ACE Screening Integration" [acesaware.org]

REGISTER FOR TOMORROW'S WEBINAR "Assessing Readiness & Building Resilience in the Clinical Workforce: A Foundation for ACE Screening Integration" Wednesday, September 30, 2020 Noon – 1 p.m. Register for the Webinar This webinar offers strategies, promising practices, and resources to support health care providers and clinical leadership as they assess organizational readiness and build workforce resilience to successfully integrate Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) screening into their...

New Research Shows Parenting Brain Changes in All Caregivers [ascend.aspeninstitute.org]

By Lindsay Broyhill, Acend The Aspen Institute, September 29, 2020 Infant and parent brains and bodies undergo rapid growth and transformation during the transition to parenting, presenting a unique opportunity to positively impact two generations. In the 2015 report Two Open Windows: Infant and Parent Biologic Change , Drs. Pilyoung Kim and Sarah Watamura (also an Ascend Fellow) of the University of Denver highlighted research supporting the transition to parenting as a co-occurring...

Behavioral health center for firefighters opens in Arleta [dailynews.com]

By Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News, September 28, 2020 At a time when the suicide rate among firefighters increasingly concerns officials, fire crews and their families have a new center in a former firehouse where they can go for behavioral health treatment. United Firefighters of Los Angeles City and Los Angeles Fire Department officially opened the Center for Health & Wellness in Arleta at Old LAFD Fire Station 7 on Monday, Sept. 28, during National Suicide Prevention...

San Diego Organizations Work Together To Shed Light on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

SAN DIEGO – The American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 3 (AAP-CA3 ) together with YMCA of San Diego County , San Diego State University Social Policy Institute and San Diego Accountable Community for Health (SDACH) are joining forces as ACEs Aware grantees to assist San Diego Medi-Cal providers screen and treat Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress. The ACEs Aware initiative is a first-of-its-kind effort led by the Office of the California Surgeon General and the...

Undergrads’ nonprofit preps Central Valley teens for college success [Berkeley News]

Growing up in the Central Valley town of Kerman, population 15,000, wasn’t easy for Michael Piña, who self-identified as queer. Piña, who prefers the pronoun “she,” suffered abuse from family, local youth and a Catholic priest who, at a church retreat, “threw holy water at me, trying to get the devil out of me,” she said. “It caused a lot of emotional trauma.” But in Fresno County, where less than 20% of all residents and less than 10% of Latinx residents have a bachelor’s degree,...

ACWDL 20-16 – Information Regarding the Lost Wages Assistance Program (DHCS)

ALL COUNTY WELFARE DIRECTORS Letter No.: 20-16 SUBJECT: Information Regarding the Lost Wages Assistance Program Purpose The purpose of this All County Welfare Directors Letter (ACWDL) is to provide instruction to counties regarding treatment of supplemental payments for lost wages under the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program. PLEASE SEE FULL DOCUMENT FOR ALL DETAILS Policy According to Title 22 California Code of Regulations § 50535.5, Disaster and Emergency assistance payments received...

California Schools Chief’s ’End Hate Initiative’ Prompts Contrast with President Trump [edsource.org]

By JOHN FENSTERWALD , September 22nd, 2020, on Ed Source State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced an “Education to End Hate” initiative Monday that he and others presented as an alternative to President Donald Trump’s call for “patriotic education” and as an antidote to acts of hate and hate speech that have risen during his presidency. A $1 million foundation donation kick started the effort. It will include resources and training grants for teachers to teach...

Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Violence Prevention Research Award Recipients

Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Violence Prevention Research Award Recipients Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years). For example: experiencing violence, abuse, or neglect witnessing violence in the home or community having a family member attempt or die by suicide Also included are aspects of the child’s environment that can undermine their sense of safety, stability, and bonding such as growing up in a...

ACEs Aware in Action September Newsletter

Governor Newsom Unveils Partnership with Sesame Workshop for Back-to-School Public Service Announcements We are excited to share four new back-to-school PSAs from the Sesame Workshop featuring Elmo, Oscar, and Grover. The PSAs are available in English and Spanish, and are designed as resources to help kids adjust to the changes in their school environments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We know many of you have patients asking for resources to support children. Feel free to share these PSAs...

Now Available: Provider Attestation Data (ACEs Aware)

Entities that bill Medi-Cal may now submit a request for the list of providers that have completed the ACEs Aware training and are eligible to bill Medi-Cal. This attestation data should be used for program implementation purposes only, such as confirming that your participating providers have submitted an attestation form and are eligible to bill Medi-Cal. The Department of Health Care Services will release the First Name, Last Name, and National Provider Identifier (NPI) to approved...

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