April 2018

The Strong and Stressed Black Woman By Inger E. Burnett-Zeigler [The New York Times]

Ms. T., 75, came to see me for therapy after a man stole her purse. He was in a car and lured her over under the guise of asking directions. Then he grabbed her bag and stepped on the accelerator. She was dragged halfway down the block before she let go. When I saw her a month later, she was still in physical pain from her injuries and emotional pain from having endured a traumatic experience. Ms. T. had raised three successful children as a single mother, while enjoying a prosperous career...

Georgia ACEs Data Released

We have data! In 2016, the Georgia Department of Public Health, with funding provided by the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services' Prevention and Community Support Section, added the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) module to their annual Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance System (BRFSS). The preliminary summary of the results of that data collection have been released in the Georgia Data Summary report. An additional full-length report is still in development, but the...

In Rural Tennessee, a Big ICE Raid Makes Some Conservative Voters Rethink Trump’s Immigration Agenda [newyorker.com]

April 5th began in the usual way at the Southeastern Provision meat-processing plant, in Bean Station, Tennessee—some workers were breaking down carcasses on the production line, while others cleaned the floors—until, around 9 a.m., a helicopter began circling above the plant. Moments later, a fleet of cars pulled up outside. Agents from the I.R.S., Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ice), and the Tennessee Highway Patrol emerged, and proceeded to arrest ninety-seven people, most of them...

Personal stories the set tone of hearing in U.S. Senate HELP Committee on Opioid Crisis Response Act

Jennifer Donahue, Delaware Office of the Child Advocate, testifies before the HELP Committee (Jennifer Perry to her right) ____________________________________________________________ Some seasoned advocates say legislators are influenced by stories while their staffs are swayed by data. There was some of both at the April 11 hearing on the draft Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 of the U.S. Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor & Pensions) Committee but it was the personal stories that...

IN ATLANTA, AFFORDABLE HOUSING BOOSTS SCHOOL PERFORMANCE, TENANT HEALTH (From Nationswell 2.15.18) by Josh Green

REAL ESTATE ENTREPRENEUR MARJY STAGMEIER IS THE ANTI-SLUMLORD, A CONSCIENTIOUS CAPITALIST, AN INVESTOR WHO GENUINELY CARES. Among the rolling hills and dense pine canopies east of Atlanta’s I-285 bypass, down the street from a halal meat market, two Buddhist temples and Good Times Country Cookin’, sits the Willow Branch Apartment Homes. The complex is tucked behind a flapping “Welcome” flag, which is emblematic of Clarkston, a small but famously global suburb that has been coined “Ellis...

Rural Communities Opioid Response (Planning) (RCORP) Initiative Grants

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) plans to award up to 75 grants to rural communities as part of a new Rural Communities Opioid Response (Planning) (RCORP) initiative in FY 18. Successful awardees will receive up to $200,000 for one-year to develop plans to implement opioid use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery interventions designed to reduce opioid overdoses among rural populations. The initiative will focus...

Nurturing Communities Civic Dinners in Georgia Need You!

You’re invited to join communities across Georgia in a conversation exploring how safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments are essential to the healthy development of all children. April through June of 2018, over one hundred Civic Dinners will take place across Georgia with the aim of building a stronger social infrastructure among parents, families, and communities. The stories, ideas and feedback collected from these dinners will inform a statewide campaign led by the...

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