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With Dozens of Orphaned by Opioid Crisis, This Maryland County has new Outlook on Trauma Services [baltimoresun.com]

By Phil Davis, The Baltimore Sun, December 2, 2019 Growing up in a Cecil County trailer park, Ray Lynn has been shaped by tragedy. Lynn went from seeing drug addiction firsthand in his neighborhood as a child to tackling the problem as a police officer decades later. “I can name you friends that are dead because of it," he said. Lynn, 44, also saw his brother and sister burn to death in a house fire when he was 19, he said. It’s what led him to become a volunteer firefighter and, later, a...

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...

Aligning Systems for Health: 2019 Call for Proposals [rwjf.org]

By Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, November 1, 2019 Required Components Aligning Systems for Health will explore the degree to which health equity is impacted or results from current models of collaboration incorporating health care, public health, and social services. Gaps in health are large, persistent and increasing, and RWJF is committed to a system that meets people’s goals and needs and addresses these gaps that many populations face. Studies should include a focus on health equity by...

Cookie Monster Mic Drops "No Small Matter" Documentary: See the film Nov 19, 6-7:30, Westminster, Carroll Arts Center

The Carroll County Early Childhood Advisory Council (CCECAC) is excited to present the upcoming film screening of "No Small Matter", this powerful documentary is focused on the importance of early childhood development, education, and early intervention. A trailer of the film is available HERE . Mark your calendars: Tuesday, November 19th 6:00PM - 7:30PM at Carroll Arts Center! "No Small Matter" is built from stories of real children, families, and teachers, illustrating the impact of...

Not All Wounds Are Visible Community Conversations Series CONTINUES!

Donna Jacobs Senior Vice President, Government, Regulatory Affairs and Community Health at the University of Maryland Medical System, one of our ACE Interface Master Presenters is holding this conference at UMMS next week. This is the second large conference Donna has created relating to ACEs! The University of Maryland Medical System invites all Baltimore community members to participate in their Not All Wounds Are Visible Community Conversations series. In the past the conversations have...

MD ACEs Action has NEW Notification Settings!

Hello MD ACEs Action Community! We recently found out that our Maryland ACEs Action page was not sending out notifications to our members when we had new information to share. We have updated the setting so that all members will now receive these important notifications. The MD ACEs Action page is your first stop to find information and resources about what is happening in Maryland regarding ACEs. When you signed up you began receiving a Daily Digest from the National ACEs page. The bottom...

Inter-Generational Book Club - October 26th, 2019

For details and to Sign Up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/inter-generational-book-club-october-tickets-77557278909 About this Event The Inter-generational Book Club seeks to foster stronger connections between generations while exploring social justice challenges through books. The Inter-generational Book Club meets every fourth Saturday of the month where there is discussion and a fun book-specific activity afterwards. We are looking for people who are young adults, adults and elders. For...

Comment by Claudia Remington

Paid Family Leave is a key policy response to the NEAR (neurobiology, epigenetics, ACEs, and resilience) Science, as the time it...
Claudia Remington

It's Time for Paid Family Leave

We all need time to care — for new babies, for aging parents, for loved ones with health needs or disabilities, or for helping ourselves. Help make Time to Care a Reality in Maryland. Sign up for coalition updates and get information about making a Maryland where every family has the time to care.

Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate Program Launching in Howard County

This certificate program is directed to front-line service providers and agency administrators who wish to acquire essential knowledge and practical skills to work effectively with their youngest patients and families. This program serves bachelors and masters level (or higher) practitioners in the fields of Counseling, Education, Nursing, Psychology, Social Work or the equivalent. Applicants will be selected on the basis of their work history and commitment to the field. For more...

Hot off the presses! CDC Preventing ACEs: Leveraging the Best Available Evidence

Hot off the presses, here's the link to a publication released today by the CDC Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs):Leveraging the Best Available Evidence to help states and communities prioritize efforts to prevent ACEs. This resource features six strategies to prevent ACEs drawn from the CDC Technical Packages to Prevent Violence : Strengthen economic supports for families Promote social norms that protect against violence and adversity Ensure a strong start for children...

Positive Childhood Experiences May Buffer Against Health Effects Of Adverse Ones

Dr. Christina Bethell, one of our ACE Interface Master Trainers here in Maryland, was interviewed on NPR recently about her latest research - Positive Childhood Experiences and Adult Mental and Relational Health in a Statewide Sample: Associations Across Adverse Childhood Experiences Levels ( link to full study ). Below is an excerpt from the NPR interview: You can listen to the 4 minute interview and read the full article here: https://www. npr...

Graduations, non-linear paths, & the importance of getting started

With graduation season upon us, I have been thinking a lot about one of my favorite graduation speeches. It’s the speech that Shonda Rhimes, creator of Grey’s Anatomy, gave in 2014 at Dartmouth College. She references the typical expected advice from a graduation speech: “Follow your dreams. Listen to your spirit. Change the world. Make your mark. Find your inner voice and make it sing. Embrace failure. Dream. Dream and dream big..." And then she says, “I think that’s crap.”

University of Maryland Medical System: Community Conversations

On Wednesday, June 19, 2019 the University of Maryland Medical System will be hosting a community event to talk about how adverse childhood experiences impact who we are. While the conference is currently at capacity, there will be a live streaming option: https://www.umms.org/community/conversations This week Dr. Brittany Parham and Kay Connors sat down with Maryland Public Television to share information with the public about childhood adversity and how important it is for people to...

[WEBINAR] Starting & Growing Resilient Communities: How to Tell Your Community Story GRC 2.0 Celebrate

ACEs Connection presents, "Starting & Growing Resilient Communities: Online & In Real Life (IRL)", an interactive webinar training series focused on developing existing and potential online community managers and IRL ACEs champions. This series is dedicated to providing insight into creating sustainable and effective online & IRL ACEs initiatives. In this fifth session, we’ll talk about why it's so critical to tell your story far and wide. This incudes how to blog and share...

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