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Focusing on "Creating Nurturing Systems"

Jenny Cooper ·
In just six weeks, stakeholders from across North Carolina will get together to learn about system integration work with youth involved with child welfare. This is the third annual Benchmarks' Partnering for Excellence (PFE) Conference and this year, we have decided to really focus on "Creating Nurturing Systems". While the daily work of PFE can be hard and challenges us to think of new ways to meet the needs of the family, the annual conference offers us a way to celebrate our successes and...
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Georgia ACEs Data Released

Deborah Chosewood ·
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...
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It took 3 years, 6 versions to develop ACEs screener that works for parents & providers

It’s irrefutable: Widespread research shows that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are common. That’s why researchers in a recent study insist: “It behooves pediatric providers to take an active role in preventing and identifying childhood adversity in order to reduce the health consequences of toxic stress.” In other words, if you want your kids to have a good shot at a healthy life, make sure they — and you — are educated about and screened for ACEs and resilience. In a recent study —...
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Jane Stevens Interview on Breaking the Silence Radio Program Sunday, Oct. 27

Dr. Gregory Williams ·
Jane Stevens will be the special guest this Sunday evening on the "Breaking the Silence with Dr. Gregory Williams" radio program. The LIVE radio program begins at 8:00 pm CST, Oct. 27, 2019, and the entire hour will be dedicated to Jane and her work with ACEs Connection. The "Breaking the Silence" radio show has over 1.6 million weekly listeners to the LIVE program and then the show goes to over 110 podcast networks around the world the following week. The host of the program is Dr. Gregory...
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Job Opportunity! Social Emotional Health Content Managers to support the national Resilience in School Environments (RISE) Initiative in partnership with Kaiser Permanente

Location: National (with preferences in Mid-Atlantic, Georgia, CA, WA, CO) We will be hiring up to 5 content managers from this position. All application questions are required and any application without adequate responses will not be considered. JOB SUMMARY The Content Manager is responsible for designing and delivering technical assistance and professional development and developing and sharing resources to schools that participate in the national Resilience in School Environments (RISE)...
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Mapping the Link Between Life Expectancy and Educational Opportunity [childtrends.org]

By Renee Ryberg, Nadia Orfali Hall, Claire Kelley, Jessica Warren, and Kristen Harper, Child Trends, January 2020 In 2015, an average 15-year-old could expect to live to age 79. However, teens living in the 1 percent of neighborhoods with the lowest life expectancies could expect to live to 70—a lifespan nine years shorter. Educational attainment, a key social determinant of health, is one of the most powerful predictors of life expectancy. This association has strengthened over the past 20...
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ACEs Science Champions Series: Meet Florida's Johnny Appleseed. She plants seeds of ACEs science!

Sylvia Paull ·
Dr. Mimi Graham is Florida’s Johnny Appleseed, but instead of planting apple trees, she’s been seeding hundreds of ACEs-science-informed schools, courts, juvenile detention centers, hospitals, childcare centers, home visiting programs, mental health agencies, law enforcement agencies, and drug treatment centers. Graham, who has served as director of the Florida State University Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy in Tallahassee since 1993, focuses on early childhood,...
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New CDC Resource: Preventing ACEs

Chinyere Nwamuo ·
CDC Toolkit: Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Leveraging the Best Available Evidence Access other technical packages for violence prevention at: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/communicationresources/pub/technical-packages.html?deliveryName=USCDC_2023-DM9684
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One state. One year. (Partial) Cost of ACEs = $5.2 billion.

In looking at the impact of childhood trauma, you can’t get much clearer than this: In 2017, ACEs among Tennessee adults led to an estimated $5.2 billion in direct medical costs and lost productivity from employees missing work. That’s just one year, according to the new report, “ The Economic Cost of ACEs in Tennessee ," released on Feb. 1, 2019 by The Sycamore Institute in Nashville, Tenn. And to provide some perspective, $5.2 billion is one-seventh of the state’s annual budget . This $5.2...
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Personal stories from witnesses, U.S. representatives provided an emotional wallop to House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on childhood trauma

Room erupts in applause for the grandmother of witness William Kellibrew during July 11 House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing. The power of personal stories from witnesses and committee members fueled the July 11 hearing on childhood trauma in the House Oversight and Reform Committee* throughout the nearly four hours of often emotional and searing testimony and member questions and statements (Click here for 3:47 hour video). The hearing was organized into a two panels—testimony from...
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Some 350 Florida Leaders Expected to Attend Think Tank with Dr. Vincent Felitti, Co-Principal Investigator of the ACE Study; Expert on ACEs Science

Leaders from across the Sunshine State will take part in a “Think Tank” in Naples, FL, on Monday, August 6, to help create a more trauma-informed Florida. The estimated 350 attendees will include policy makers and community teams made up of school superintendents, law enforcement officers, judges, hospital administrators, mayors, PTA presidents, child welfare experts, mental health and substance abuse treatment providers, philanthropists, university researchers, state agency heads, and...
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Thinking About Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Impacts Through a Science-Informed, Early Childhood Lens [developingchild.harvard.edu]

By Jack P. Shonkoff and David R. Williams, Center on the Developing Child, April 27, 2020 The COVID-19 virus is ruthlessly contagious and, at the same time, highly selective. Its capacity to infect is universal, but the consequences of becoming infected are not. While there are exceptions, children are less likely to show symptoms, older adults and those with pre-existing medical conditions are the most susceptible, and communities of color in the United States are experiencing dramatically...
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Tools and how to use them is focus of second webinar on Community Resiliency Model, May 14, 2020

The second of two free Community Resiliency (CRM) webinars with Elaine Miller-Karas , key creator of the CRM, will be held Thursday, May 14, from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET, (10 a.m. CT; 9 a.m. MT, and 8 a.m. PT) and will include the practical application of tools of the model. CRM is an ACEs science-based biological model for helping individuals become emotionally regulated during natural disasters and other dysregulating times. Miller-Karas will be joined by CRM trainers from Wilmington, NC:...
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When Hidden Grief Gets Triggered During COVID-19 Confinement

Tian Dayton ·
first published by The Meadows 4/15/20 Our sense of loss during the current COVID-19 crisis can trigger hidden emotions from when we experienced a sense of loss before. Whatever early losses you have had in your life — whether they be your own divorce, your parents, or both, or the abandonment of one parent, a childhood or parental illness or death, financial upheaval, constant moving around, or growing up with parental addiction or adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) — they are likely to...
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Why I believe Gregory Williams, and his book, Shattered By The Darkness, will help save lives and revolutionize healthcare.

When you first hear about it, it sounds unlikely, fact that something that happened to someone in utero, at the age of two months, or four years, or any time in childhood, is what is killing them as an adult, or making them want to die, or making them want to hurt themselves or others. Yet the connection between childhood trauma and adult disease, mental illness, addiction, suicide, violence – most all of society’s ills – is as irrefutable as the myriad truths revealed about it in the...
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12 Myths of the Science of ACEs

The two biggest myths about ACEs science are: MYTH #1 — That it’s just about the 10 ACEs in the ACE Study — the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study . It’s about sooooo much more than that. MYTH #2 — And that it’s just about ACEs…adverse childhood experiences. These two myths are intertwined. The ACE Study issued the first of its 70+ publications in 1998, and for many people it was the lightning bolt, the grand “aha” moment, the unexpected doorway into a blazing new...
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A Kaiser pediatrician, wise to ACEs science for years, finally gets to use it

Dr. Suzanne Frank has known about the impact of childhood adversity on young lives for decades. She’s seen the fallout in the faces of young people huddled in beds at a children’s shelter where she worked years ago. She’s seen it as the regional child abuse services and champion for the Permanente Medical Group. And she’s seen it in hospital examination rooms where, as a member of the Santa Clara County’s Sexual Assault Response Team, she’s been called in to examine shell-shocked children...
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ACEs Connection's Inclusion Tool makes sure nobody's left out

We developed ACEs Connection's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Tool — called the Inclusion Tool, for short — to ensure that ACEs initiatives across the world focus on being inclusive when forming a steering committee, recruiting leaders, providing education about ACEs science, recruiting members, or providing resources and services within their communities. The more inclusive your ACEs initiative is, the more diverse it will be, giving your initiative a real shot at achieving equity and...
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ACEs science can prevent school shootings, but first people have to learn about ACEs science

The shooting in Florida isn’t only a gun regulation issue. It’s a systems change issue. All of our systems have to change their approach to changing behavior — whether it’s criminal, unhealthy or unwanted behavior — from a blame, shame and punishment approach, to one that is based in understanding, nurturing and healing….in other words, ACEs science.
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Addressing Breastfeeding, Coronavirus, and the Crisis of Child Abuse with one of the Nation's Top Pediatricians [wjbf.com]

By Marlena Wilson, WJBF, March 9, 2020 Sally Goza. From Adverse Childhood Experiences to protecting your child’s mental health. And, of course, you cannot turn on the television or the radio or pick up a newspaper without hearing about the coronavirus. Dr. Goza talks about it, how it impacts children, and what you need to know going forward to make sure that you keep your family in the best health possible. Brad Means: She is Dr. Sara Goza. Her friends, because she’s from the state of...
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Connections Matter Training: Preventing and Mitigating ACEs

Julia Neighbors ·
Every day connections are more important than we ever believed . Science tells us that relationships have the power to shape our brains. Relationships help us learn better, work better, parent better. When we experience tough times or traumatic experiences, they help us heal . With each connection, we develop a healthier stronger community. Connections Matter Georgia is an in-person training designed to engage community members in building caring connections to: • Improve resiliency, •...
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Re: Mapping the Link Between Life Expectancy and Educational Opportunity [childtrends.org]

Michael Harrell ·
This is an interesting survey and study. They found a perhaps 6% addition to life if you have a robust quality education.. This is well worth noting. From what I can tell the only hard data we have of the results of emotional issues is the actual use of drugs for pain depression and psychological issues including binge drinking. These people are not happy campers. The 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) collects information on the reasons people misuse prescription...
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Re: Thinking About Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Impacts Through a Science-Informed, Early Childhood Lens [developingchild.harvard.edu]

Deborah Chosewood ·
Thank you for sharing. We were just having this conversation this week in relation to our 2020 Georgia Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Plan. Great article!
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Re: Thinking About Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Impacts Through a Science-Informed, Early Childhood Lens [developingchild.harvard.edu]

Michael Harrell ·
This is a sloppy article by some under informed Harvard big shots. First this is not ruthlessly contagious we all carry the corona virus as a waste product of our cells just like we all have cancer cells. There is no scientific evidence that the flu is contagious at all. Then the test they give have a 80% failure rate for detecting this cell shedding toxin we are calling the flu. This is not a pandemic any more than a regular flu we get each year. The death rate is to date .034%. That is 34...
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Linda Grabbe: Helping her communities develop resilience through the Community Resilience Model

Sylvia Paull ·
Grabbe searched for models that would help her homeless and addicted patients. “There are good body-based models for psychotherapy, which may be the most effective approach for trauma,” she says, “but hardly any of my patients were receiving any kind of therapy. There are thousands of people in our communities who have high ACE scores who will never get the years of psychotherapy they deserve. CRM is a self-mental wellness care tool and is exquisitely trauma-sensitive—so it can help enormously.”
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Donald Trump is the product of abuse and neglect. His story is common, even for the powerful and wealthy.

“In order to cope,” writes Mary Trump, “Donald began to develop powerful but primitive defenses, marked by an increasing hostility to others and a seeming indifference to his mother’s absence and father’s neglect….In place of [his emotional needs] grew a kind of grievance and behaviors—including bullying, disrespect, and aggressiveness—that served their purpose in the moment but became more problematic over time. With appropriate care and attention, they might have been overcome.”
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Trauma-informed policing: Learn how three highly experienced community leaders strengthen ties between police and community

ACEs initiative participants in communities where there is tension between the community and law enforcement will want to join Becky Haas in a compelling conversation on law enforcement, ACEs science, COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement and protests. Haas is a nationally recognized adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) science initiative builder and trainer. She and colleagues Renee Wilson-Simmons, the head of the ACE Awareness Foundation of Memphis, Tennessee, and Maggi Duncan,...
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Baby courts: A proven approach to stop the multigenerational transmission of ACES in child welfare; new efforts to establish courts nationwide

The organization Zero To Three estimates that in the U.S., a child is taken into the child welfare system every six seconds. “Many of society’s most intractable problems can be traced back to childhood adversity. Being in the child welfare system increases the likelihood of more adversity and criminality. Baby court is a proven approach to healing the trauma of both child and parent, and breaking the cycle of maltreatment,” says Mimi Graham, Ed.D ., director of the Florida State University...
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Georgia ACEs Data Release

Deborah Chosewood ·
Data shows that 3 in 5 Georgians have had at least one Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE). Why Should you Care? ACEs are linked to a variety of negative health and social outcomes in adults, can be generational, and are costly to all society. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), the Georgia Division of Family and Children’s Services’ Prevention and Community Support Section, and Georgia Essentials for Childhood would like to share a fact sheet summarizing the 2016 and 2018 Adverse...
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Georgia Virtual Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect

Jyll Walsh ·
FREE Registration Open Virtual Conference Series Launch September 16 – October 1, 2020 See Full Schedule & Register HERE PCA Georgia is partnering with the Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to bring you Georgia’s Virtual Conference Series on Child Abuse and Neglect. Whether you work on the community level, treat individual patients, or support families through difficult times, we all witness the impact of maltreatment through the...
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Re: Georgia Virtual Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect

Thanks, Jyll, for posting this. I am looking forward to attending and am grateful for your work! I'll Tweet this for ACEs Connection, too. And share it in the ACEs Connection SE e-newsletter, if that's okay. Best, Carey
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Re: Georgia Virtual Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect

Jyll Walsh ·
Hey Carey, That would be great, please do!
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Georgia Essentials for Childhood Annual Meeting Recap

Deborah Chosewood ·
Thank you to those who attended our first Annual Georgia Essentials for Childhood meeting! Attached below are the meeting notes and presentation slides from the meeting on Monday, August 17. You will also find attached below the initiative’s one-pager (also available at https://abuse.publichealth.gsu.edu/files/2020/07/Essentials-One-Pager7.23.2020-citation.pdf ) if you would like to learn more about the initiative. We have also attached below the just-announced ACE Fact Sheet from Georgia...
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Georgia Essentials for Childhood Releases “A Vision for Child and Family Well-being in Georgia” – Our State’s Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Plan

Deborah Chosewood ·
Beginning in early 2019, leaders representing family-serving state agencies, community organizations, and stakeholder groups came together to address Georgia’s high rate of child abuse and neglect. It was determined that in order to truly impact this pervasive problem in our state, we would need a unified, collective impact approach and they decided that the state’s Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Plan, originally developed in 1993, should be updated. Over the course of the next year,...
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