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California Essentials for Childhood Initiative (CA)

The California Essentials for Childhood Initiative uses a public health and collective impact approach to align and enhance collaborative efforts to promote safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for children, youth and families through systems, policy and social norms change.

July 2020

Leadership Check-Up Series: Developing Your Resiliency as a Public Health Professional [astho.org]

From Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, July 30, 2020 Join us for Leadership Check-Up Series: Developing Your Resiliency as a Public Health Professional , a special webinar offering from ASTHO and the National Council for Behavioral Health’s Behavioral Health Training Institute (BHTI). As our nation continues to struggle with COVID-19, public health professionals working on the front lines leading activities may be feeling angry, confused, stressed, and dismayed. Join...

Resilience in the Face of Covid-19: What the Data Shows [positiveexperience.org/blog]

Dr. Robert Sege, 7/29/20, positiveexperience.org/blog In times and places when Covid-19 is on the upsurge, most of us worry about our own safety and that of the ones we love. Is it a safe to go to work? It is safe for children to go to school? When will the pandemic and this uncertainty ever stop? At other times, public health restrictions are first in our minds—we can’t gather to celebrate or mourn, we need to wear masks to protect others even if we don’t feel sick ourselves, and every...

Workshop Series: Creating a Beloved Community: Parenting, Race, and Advocacy

Family Hui, in partnership with the Peace and Justice Institute at Valencia College and the Office of Child Abuse Prevention at the California Department of Social Services, is sponsoring the " Creating a Beloved Community: Parenting, Race, and Advocacy " workshop series. This three part workshop series started July 23, 2020 and will have two additional workshops on August 6th and 20th. To register, please visit...

Meet the New Essentials for Childhood Initiative Team Member: Dr. Renay Bradley

Renay Bradley, Ph.D., is a psychologist/social scientist and educator who has focused her career on using data and research to promote wellness in children, families, and communities. Renay has expertise in applied research aimed at development, evaluation, and implementation of social services, programs/initiatives, and policies intended to contribute to health and well-being. She has worked with a variety of California state agencies, as well as local/state government entities across the...

Safe & Sound's New Website on the Economic Impact of Abuse in California

Safe & Sound has developed an interactive website that details the rates of child abuse and the economic impact of abuse on California’s community, as well as the factors that both help to protect children and those that place them in greater risk. The information unveils the ongoing ills of child abuse underlying each community, and its impact on each of us. The data is viewable by county or region, downloadable, and is shareable. VIEW THE WEBSITE

New Resource: Trauma-Informed Nutrition Factsheet

A newly developed factsheet, “Trauma-Informed Nutrition: Recognizing the Relationship between Adversity, Chronic Disease, and Nutritional Health” has just been released. This factsheet is intended for Registered Dietitians (RDs) and was designed to support and describe the connection between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), the impacts of trauma and its relationship to chronic disease, and trauma-informed nutrition practices. This factsheet was developed through a collaborative...

Webinar Recap: Office of Child Abuse Prevention 2020-2025 Strategic Plan with Angela Ponivas

On July 15, 2020, the California Essentials for Childhood (EfC) Initiative held a webinar entitled, “Essentials for Childhood Initiative Webinar: OCAP 2020-2025 Strategic Plan” and heard from Angela Ponivas, Bureau Chief at the Office of Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP) at the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). The OCAP, a backbone agency in the Essentials for Childhood Initiative, works collaboratively with partners at the federal, state, and county- level with communities,...

Meet the New Essentials for Childhood Initiative Coalition Co-Chair: Antoinette Manuel

Antoinette Manuel is the Executive Director for KidsFirst Child Abuse Prevention Council of Placer County, a counseling and family resource center providing evidence based trauma informed services. Antoinette has over 10 years’ experience in program implementation, outreach, and community engagement. Prior to her work with KidsFirst, Antoinette worked for Girl Scouts Heart of Central California in their outreach and program departments. Antoinette earned her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology,...

Meet the Essentials for Childhood Initiative Cal-EIS Fellow: Natalie Hurlock

Natalie Hurlock is a California Epidemiologic Investigation Service (Cal-EIS) Fellow working with the Essentials for Childhood (EfC) Initiative within the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch (IVPB) at California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Prior to working for the EfC Initiative, Natalie attended Emory University in Atlanta, GA, where she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Health and Mathematics in 2018 and her Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology in 2020.

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