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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.

September 2019

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence often occurs alongside child abuse and neglect, therefore its prevention is also critical for child abuse prevention. Studies show: 30 to 60 percent of children from homes where domestic abuse is present are also victims of abuse themselves Parents who are stressed and burdened by being victimized are also at increased risk of neglectful or abusive parenting Witnessing domestic violence can cause serious harm to psychological, cognitive, social, behavioral and emotional...

Check Out the 2019 Prevention Resource Guide

The United States Department of Health & Human Services’ Children’s Bureau has developed the 2019 Prevention Resource Guide to help individuals and organizations in every community strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. The Resource Guide focuses on protective factors that build on family strengths to foster healthy child and youth development. Download a free copy of the 2019 Prevention Resource Guide by utilizing the link below! ...

Migrant Women Face Mental Trauma [npr.org]

By Monica Ortiz Uribe, National Public Radio, September 15, 2019 Many migrants coming to the U.S. to ask for asylum fled violence and political strife at home. This mental toll is largely going unaddressed. LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: Many migrants traveling to the U.S. to seek asylum are traumatized at every juncture. Our next story includes upsetting details about that trauma. Some migrants are fleeing violence and political strife in their home countries. Some become the targets of gangs...

Positive Childhood Experiences and Adult Mental and Relational Health in a Statewide Sample: Associations Across Adverse Childhood Experiences Levels [jamanetwork.com]

By Christina Bethell, Jennifer Jones, Narangerel Gombojav, et al., JAMA Pediatrics, September 9, 2019 Question : Are positive childhood experiences (PCEs) associated with adult depression and/or poor mental health (D/PMH) and adult-reported social and emotional support (ARSES) independent from adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)? Findings : In this cross-sectional study, adults reporting higher PCEs had lower odds of D/PMH and greater ARSES after accounting for ACEs. The associations of...

Latina Mothers Experienced Jump in Preterm Births After 2016 Election [publichealth.berkeley.edu]

By Public Affairs UC Berkeley, July 23, 2019 Latina mothers living in the United States experienced a significant jump in preterm births in the nine months following the Nov. 8, 2016, election, according to a study by researchers at UC Berkeley and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The analysis, based on U.S. government data on more than 33 million live births in the country, found an excess of 2,337 preterm births to U.S. Latina mothers, compared to projections about...

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...

2019 E-Summit from LGBT HealthLinkEarly Registration is here!

2019 E-Summit: October 1-31, 2019 The E-Summit is an online conference held as a series of webinars during the month of October. This annual project began in 2015 as an LGBT health initiative by LGBT HealthLink, a program of CenterLink. This year the LGBTQ+ health sessions are even more robust and inclusive. Read below for the schedule of webinars and register NOW for each and every workshop that supports you and the work you do. Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 2pm ET Considerations for...

What Does the Research Say Is the Best Way to Treat Victims of Child Maltreatment? [centerforhealthjournalism.org]

By Giles Bruce, Center for Health Journalism, September 9, 2019 Much of the discussion around child maltreatment understandably focuses on prevention. But what about kids who have already suffered abuse and neglect? What does the evidence show is the best way to treat them? The answer, it turns out, is complicated. [ Please click here to read more .]

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...

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...

Nurturing relationships in childhood boost adult mental health, relationships

We're proud to announce major research that suggests that positive childhood experiences — such as supportive family interactions, caring relationships with friends, and connections in the community — are associated with reductions in chances of adult depression and poor mental health, and increases in the chances of having healthy relationships in adulthood. This association was true even among those with a history of adverse childhood experiences.

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...

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...

Getting Food Stamps to Poor Californians is Surprisingly Difficult [fresnobee.com]

By Jackie Botts and Cresencio Rodriguez-Delgado, The Fresno Bee, September 2, 2019 In May 2017, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors set an ambitious goal: enroll 70,000 new families in food stamps in two years. Home to the state’s highest poverty rate and a growing homeless crisis, the county was enrolling just 69% of residents who were eligible for CalFresh, the state’s name for the federal food stamps program. With full participation, the county would have been expected to gain...

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