Two studies shed light on state legislators’ views on ACEs science and trauma policy

New and returning lawmakers take the oath of office on day one of Washington state's 2017 legislative session. — Jeanie Lindsay/Northwest News Network As advocates prepare to see how ACEs (adverse childhood experiences) science, trauma, and resilience play out in the 2020 state legislative sessions — many beginning in January — they are undoubtedly asking: “What does a legislator want?" It may be a stretch to play on Freud’s question: “What does a women want?", but the query captures how...

Maryland Wins $3.6M to Address Opioid Abuse During Pregnancy [washingtonpost.com]

By Associated Press, The Washington Post, January 7, 2020 Maryland’s Health Department has received $3.6 million in federal funding to address opioid use among pregnant and new mothers. The department launched the initiative, called the “Maternal Opioid Model,” this month, according to a statement released by the agency on Monday. The initiative focuses on improving substance abuse treatment for pregnant and postpartum mothers on Medicaid by providing them with additional resources during...

ACE Offers Training for Mid Shore Educators [dorchesterbanner.com]

By Amy Steward, Dorchester Banner, December 25, 2019 Along with Maryland’s ACE Interface Cohort, For All Seasons and CASA of the Mid-Shore are partnering to train residents on the Mid Shore about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in hopes of helping communities to understand how trauma in young children may affect their physical, emotional, and mental health later in life. The trainings also bring awareness to how to build resiliency in children to help mitigate the trauma that they may...

Maryland lawmakers attend conference on tackling child trauma through policy [Capital Gazette]

Photo caption and credit: Frank Kros, President of the Kros Learning Group, explains The N.E.A.R. Science to the group. The Maryland General Assembly held an event to inform them about how to make trauma informed policy decisions, and informing them about the consequences of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES). (Paul W. Gillespie) ____________________________________________________________ If adverse childhood experiences were eliminated entirely, rates of depression could plummet, heart...

Maryland lawmakers attend conference on tackling child trauma through policy [Capital Gazette]

Photo caption and credit: Frank Kros, President of the Kros Learning Group, explains The N.E.A.R. Science to the group. The Maryland General Assembly held an event to inform them about how to make trauma informed policy decisions, and informing them about the consequences of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES). (Paul W. Gillespie) ____________________________________________________________ If adverse childhood experiences were eliminated entirely, rates of depression could plummet, heart...

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...

Understanding the Consequences of Abuse [nationalchildrensalliance.org]

I want to turn your attention to the special issue of Child Maltreatment that was just released, on Understanding Neurobiological Implications of Maltreatment: From Preschool to Emerging Adulthood. Not so long ago, we began to understand the connections between child abuse and psychological and behavioral outcomes. Now, as the authors note, we are beginning to “unravel the neurobiological process that underlies the effect of adverse rearing environments on human development across the life span.

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...

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