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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...
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Art, Drumming, Storytelling, Singing infuse Intergenerational Trauma event in Baltimore

On a beautiful fall day I drove up to Baltimore from my home in Washington, DC for an event I learned about in a  post by Donna Jackson Nakazawa  on the ACEs Connection group named after the title of her new, must-read book,  Childhood...
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Article In The Atlantic: Being Black in America Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

Alexandra Podolny ·
In depth article focusing on people living in Baltimore: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/07/being-black-in-america-can-be-hazardous-to-your-health/561740/ "Many facets of Kiarra’s youth—the fact that her parents weren’t together, her father’s incarceration, the guns on the corners—are what researchers consider “adverse childhood experiences,” stressful events early in life that can cause health problems in adulthood. An abnormally large proportion of the children in...
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Caring For Young Victims of the Opioid Crisis - Report

Alexandra Podolny ·
Caring For Young Victims of the Opioid Crisis , Report by the Council for a Strong America, highlighting parental substance abuse as an ACE and identifying the need for high-quality early childhood programs.
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Cookie Monster Mic Drops "No Small Matter" Documentary: See the film Nov 19, 6-7:30, Westminster, Carroll Arts Center

Claudia Remington ·
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...
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County focuses on reducing number of adults traumatized in childhood

Note: This excellent article by Kate Masters in the daily Frederick, MD newspaper led me to talk to two of the people interviewed in the story and learn just how much is going on right in my neck of the woods in Frederick County (where I live in Washington, DC is in the same Metro Statistical Area). Anne Soule, Director of Family Support Services, Mental Health Association of Frederick County, and Lynn Davis, Director, Child Advocacy Center of Frederick County, have been working together...
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Dr. Vincent Felitti speaks in Hagerstown, MD

Kerry Fair ·
On Monday, March 21, 2016, over 400 social workers, educators and more filled the gymnasium of Bester Elementary School in Hagerstown, MD, as leading trauma experts from across the nation linked findings from the ACE Study (Adverse Childhood Experiences) with staggering proof of health, social, and economic problems resulting later in life.
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Education, inspiration, and action—Maryland lawmakers take deeper dive into ACEs science and how it informs policy

While members of the Maryland General Assembly did not dominate the Dec. 13th “MGA ACEs Roundtable” in numbers, they commanded the room and enlivened a focus on how ACEs science can inform current and future policies considered by elected officials.
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Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention Hosts Handle With Care Training to Support Children After Trauma: 300 Attendees Begin Statewide Program Expansion

Veto Mentzell ·
ANNAPOLIS, MD – More than 300 law enforcement personnel, school administrators, staff, and mental health practitioners from across the state gathered yesterday for Handle with Care training, funded by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention. This initiative seeks to mitigate adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) by providing trauma-informed services inside Maryland schools that help prevent future victimization and/or delinquency. Already underway in Washington County, Handle...
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Roadmap to Resilience Infographic: Guide

The steps indicated by the numbers are grouped by color on the Roadmap to Resilience infographic . The group wisdom from the people who have embarked on this journey (i.e., the case studies in the Community Resilience Cookbook ) was: You don't have...
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Harford County Child Advocacy Center Donates Books, DVDs to Harford County Public Library

Veto Mentzell ·
Harford County Child Advocacy Center donated forty-nine (49) books and eight (8) DVDs to Harford County Public Library to help raise community awareness about childhood adversity and its negative effects on lifelong health and social outcomes.
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Harford County Public Schools to Pilot Handle With Care Program at Joppatowne Area Schools

Veto Mentzell ·
Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) , the Harford County Sheriff’s Office , and the Harford County Child Advocacy Center have collaborated to launch a Handle With Care pilot program in the Jopppatowne area for the 2018-19 school year. The Handle With Care program promotes a school-community partnership aimed at ensuring that children who are exposed to trauma in their home or community receive appropriate interventions to help them heal and thrive to the best of their ability, despite the...
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Healing Communities

Kerry Fair ·
We are so excited to host Dr. Robert Anda and Father Gregory Boyle on September 8, 2017, in Hagerstown, MD. Dr. Anda will also lead a panel of regional leaders to explore successes and challenges when responding to community needs. More information at www.besterhope.org
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Hot off the presses! CDC Preventing ACEs: Leveraging the Best Available Evidence

Jamie Shepard ·
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...
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Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate Program Launching in Howard County

Ruby Parker ·
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...
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Initiative underway to educate communities on impact of adverse childhood experiences on developing brains [baltimoresun.com]

Alicia Doktor ·
Child advocates are launching a statewide initiative Wednesday to educate communities about the impact of trauma on developing brains and its correlation with poor health outcomes. The Family Tree, a nonprofit that works to prevent childhood abuse and neglect, is helping to train professionals across sectors — from child care and the judicial system to churches and law enforcement — on the the effects on the body and brain of physical abuse, neglect, domestic violence and parents who are...
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Join Feb. 18th webinar on addressing ACEs in public policy

Please join this ACEs Connection co-sponsored webinar "Making Meaningful Change: Addressing ACEs through Public Policy" on Feb. 18 (11:30 am-1:00 pm ET) presented by the Health Federation of Philadelphia and MARC (Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities). In this webinar, three nationally recognized experts will discuss policy and advocacy strategies on a local, state, and national level using evidence from studies they have conducted with legislators and the general public. Speakers...
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Maryland Becomes the 8th State in the Country to Pass ACE-Informed Legislation this year

Claudia Remington ·
Just listened to ACEs Connection & 4CAKids Webinar on state legislation addressing legislation. With Governor Hogan's signing of HB 1582 (a State Health Director for Children within Child Welfare), Maryland became the eighth state to pass ACE-Informed legislation in 2018 according to the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL)! Many thanks to the lead sponsor of the bill Delegate CT Wilson, the Chairs and Members of the Appropriations and Finance Committee, Members of both...
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Maryland Essentials for Childhood Hosts Advocacy Day at the State Capital

Ruby Parker ·
Maryland Essentials for Childhood, a statewide initiative educating policy makers and communities on the science of ACEs, developing brains, and how we can build resilience for children, families and communities in Maryland, is poised to meet with Maryland elected officials this coming Thursday, ,February 7th, 9-1 pm. We will educate legislators on the science and policies that reduce or mitigate ACEs and other childhood trauma. Key policies being considered by the General Assembly are:...
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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...
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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...
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More MD Moves: Promoting resilience & Partnering with Pratt

Naketta Lowery ·
Resilience... an interesting word with many meanings for many people from many different walks of life. But that's the point... isn't it? In order to truly promote and support the resilience movement, we must ensure that everyone has a seat at the table. In that spirit, Enoch Pratt Library has officially joined the movement!! Libraries across Baltimore will be hosting Resilience film screenings and discussion panels for community members and stakeholders. This is a wonderful opportunity for...
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More Moves in MD: Promoting Resilience & Partnering with Pratt library

Naketta Lowery ·
Resilience... An interesting word with many meanings for many people from many different walks of life. But that's the point... isn't it? In order to truly promote & support the resilience movement we must ensure that everyone has a set at the table. Enoch Pratt library has officially joined the movement!! Libraries across Baltimore, MD, will be hosting screenings of Resilience and discussion panels for community members and stakeholders. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to come...
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New Training Initiative in Maryland Focuses on ACE Reduction & Resiliency

Brenda Yuen ·
http://citybizlist.com/article/452706/the-family-tree-and-maryland-essentials-for-childhood-launch-adverse-childhood-experience-project
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Not All Wounds Are Visible Community Conversations Series CONTINUES!

Jamie Shepard ·
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...
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"Now Is The Time, We Can't Wait Until They Fall"

Kerry Fair ·
Close to 500 attendees packed the Kepler Theater at Hagerstown Community College in Hagerstown, MD, the morning of Friday, March 24 th on the campus for the sold out event “Building Resilience”, an event organized by the San Mar Initiative, Bester Community of Hope. Following two successful events in 2016 focused on trauma informed practices, the training focused on the next steps of a community wide discussion to build greater awareness and implementation of beliefs and strategies bringing...
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Over 100 pastoral education students trained in trauma at regional meeting in Baltimore

The theme of trauma was selected for this year’s annual summer Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Day because “clergy responses to trauma an have a significant impact on our own healing and in healing our communities,” as described in the planning committee welcome letter. Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore hosted the gathering of over 100 pastoral students from the Maryland, Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia region. Planning Committee Chair Ty Crowe, director of the Hospital’s Spiritual...
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Positive Childhood Experiences May Buffer Against Health Effects Of Adverse Ones

Erik Weber ·
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...
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Take Action on Delegate CT Wilson's Trauma-Informed Legislation to Reform the Statute of Limitations for Child Sexual Abuse

Claudia Remington ·
Dear Maryland ACEs Action Colleagues, I am writing to alert you to a trauma informed bill sponsored by Delegate C.T. Wilson to reform the statute of limitations of child sexual abuse to conform to what we now know about the impact of trauma on delayed disclosure of child sexual abuse: The average age for adults to disclose childhood sexual abuse is 52. Research shows that children who experience an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) can have poor long-term mental and physical health,...
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The counseling Genogram tool: a perfect place to introduce ACEs?

Brenda Yuen ·
I've spent the past three-plus years back in school, earning my Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins. During those years, I've learned about many techniques that can be used to promote clients' healing. One that caught my eye and made me stand up and cheer is the Genogram. For those who are not familiar with the Genogram, it is a family system graphic, showing three generations of family relationships (think of the family tree you learned in school, with...
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"The Tale" -Sundance Film Festival - Child Sexual Abuse & Pledge to Prevent.Org Resources

Claudia Remington ·
On May 26th at 10PM HBO will premiere “The Tale” - a powerful movie about child sexual abuse that promises to be as important and compelling as the film "Spotlight," perhaps even more. The most talked about film at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, it is writer/director Jennifer Fox’s stunning self-exploration of her own childhood sexual abuse by two trusted mentors. Laura Dern and Ellen Burstyn play the lead roles. "The Tale" succeeds in educating viewers about the reality of...
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Translating Child Adversity Data into Actionable Information [NACCHO] Sept 2018

The California Essentials for Childhood (EfC) Initiative launched a new set of child adversity and resilience data indicators on Kidsdata.org Furthermore, the initiative created state and local dashboards to bring together sources of data that represent a broader set of life experiences than originally reflected in the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study, such as living in poverty or dangerous neighborhoods. The goal was to make these data widely available and provide training on how...
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Trauma-informed groups rev up to address race, inclusion

Eighteen-year-old Kia Hanson has always enjoyed her time as a youth leader at the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC). She’s worked mostly with five- and six-year-olds since she began in 2016. Recently, she tapped into new skills, especially if the kids were having a meltdown. Kia Hanson “If they’re off, we ask them, ‘What’s wrong?’ ‘Do you want to talk about anything?’,” she explains. “Basically asking before assuming they’re mad at the world for no reason.” What made the...
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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...
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U.S. Sen. Heitkamp headlines May 25 briefing—trauma is “key”

When U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp arrived mid-way through the May 25, 2016, congressional briefing on the Science of Trauma, she delivered her remarks (starts at 27:48 through 41:45) with passion, humor, and most of all, a sense of urgency to the room full of Capitol Hill staff and a smattering of advocates. Her message was macro as well as micro—change national policy to incorporate what the science tells us about trauma, and see and respond to the needs of those you encounter in everyday...
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U.S. Senate champion on trauma, Heidi Heitkamp, provides inspired and hope-filled leadership

Last evening I posted a video of a June 5 congressional briefing that I attended on trauma and the opioid crisis with a plan to write a post about the event today. In the comfort of my living room, I played the beginning of the video, hoping to find a good screen shot to use with the article, but instead was surprisingly moved by the second listening of the words of U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) about why the issue of trauma is so important her: She says it gives her hope.
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Unconditional Care

Kerry Fair ·
Join us in Hagerstown, MD, for the next training in our series focused on trauma informed strategies for the community! Unconditional Care features three dynamic speakers focused on how addressing issues of self- care and self-awareness lead to the outcomes we all are striving for children, families and neighborhoods. Group rates are available for organizations registering ten or more attendees, contact Kerry Fair at 240-513-6370 or kfair@besterhope.org to arrange. Our last several trainings...
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Unconditional care begins with good self care

Kerry Fair ·
I'm pleased to share information on our next training in our series on trauma informed strategies for the community! In April, we will focus on how addressing issues of self-care and self-awareness lead to the outcomes we all ar e striving for children, families and neighborhoods. In the same way dirt gets under the gardener's nail, trauma work has an impact. Join us as we focus on finding balance and understanding the importance of self-awareness so that we can best provide unconditional...
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Under the Skin Podcast "Damaged Leaders Rule An Addicted World!"

Alexandra Podolny ·
Actor and author Russell Brand's popular podcast, Under the Skin, recently featured Dr. Gabor Mate discussing childhood trauma and addiction. Great resource for those who prefer to listen rather than read, and easily understandable to someone with no background in ACEs/Trauma-informed care. https://www.russellbrand.com/podcast/053-dr-gabor-mate-damaged-leaders-rule-addicted-world/ https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/under-the-skin-with-russell-brand/id1212064750?mt=2&i=1000423551394
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Understanding the Role Between ACEs and the Opioid Epidemic

Ruby Parker ·
Tuesday, June 19th, 1 p.m . Webinar: Adverse Childhood Experiences – A Driver of the Opioid Epidemic The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD) will host a free webinar titled, "Adverse Childhood Experiences: A Driver of the Opioid Epidemic" as part of the Rural Health and Safety Education Webinar Series. This webinar will review a landmark study featuring data showing a strong association between ACEs and our understanding of the opioid epidemic and other addictions.
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University of Maryland Medical System: Community Conversations

Ruby Parker ·
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...
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A More Urgent Call to "Be the One" Caring Adult in the Face of the COVID-19 Crisis

Claudia Remington ·
In his Commentary "Social distancing is tough on the youngest ones," Maryland Essentials for Childhood ACE Interface Master Trainer, Frank Kros, MSW, JD, shares his thought with readers of the Baltimore Sun on what each of us can do to reach out to the youngest victims of the COVID-19 crisis. https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/readers-respond/bs-ed-rr-social-distancing-effects-letter-20200401-hrelr5c24fha5pbky6hcueo5hq-story.html
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Webinar Learning Series begins tomorrow: State Policy Approaches to Addressing Childhood Adversity, Wednesday, January 10, 10am PST (1:00 PM EST)

Reminder of tomorrow's ( Wednesday, January 10, 10am PST/1:00 PM EST) webinar on State Policy Approaches to Addressing Childhood Adversity Please join us for a three -part learning series hosted by the California Campaign to Counter Childhood Adversity and ACEs Connection . We'll hear from states that are making great strides towards adopting trauma-informed policies and practices. Three-Part Learning Series: Webinar 1: Overview of State Level Efforts to Address Childhood Adversity and...
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Webinar Learning Series: State Policy Approaches to Addressing Childhood Adversity, January 10, 10am PST (1:00 PM EST)

Please join us for a three -part learning series hosted by the California Campaign to Counter Childhood Adversity and ACEs Connection . We'll hear from states that are making great strides towards adopting trauma-informed policies and practices. Three-Part Learning Series: Webinar 1: Overview of State Level Efforts to Address Childhood Adversity and Highlights from Oregon, Tennessee, and Wisconsin Date: January 10th, 10AM PST (1:00 PM EST) Speakers: Elizabeth Prewitt, Policy Analyst, ACEs...
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Wisconsin state agencies end year one of trauma-informed learning community; goal is to be first trauma-informed state

Here in California, many people think that it’s only liberal Democrats who have a corner on championing the science of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and putting it into practice. That might be because people who use ACEs science don’t expel or suspend students, even if they’re throwing chairs and hurling expletives at the teacher. They ask "What happened to you?" rather than "What's wrong with you?" as a frame when they create juvenile detention centers where kids don’t fight, reduce...
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Re: Ning Comment Wall

Chris Engel ·
Brenda, Have you checked the links for Maryland on the State Projects page? Also, a new study was posted on employment outcomes last week. Not specific to MD but good info: Negative Life Events in Childhood as Risk Indicators of Labour Market Participation in Young Adulthood: A Prospective Birth Cohort Study - full text http://acesconnection.com/profiles/blogs/negative-life-events-in-childhood-as-risk-indicators-of-labour
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Re: Ning Comment Wall

The media is as uneducated about ACEs and trauma as the rest of our professional, topical and geographic communities, hence their sensationalistic approach. And just as in all our communities, there are beginnings of change with a couple of organizations that are promoting solution-oriented journalism, and a few of us who are starting to educate other journalists about trauma-informed journalism. All those emotions -- frustration, anger, etc. -- have roots in adverse childhood experiences...
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Re: ACE Offers Training for Mid Shore Educators [dorchesterbanner.com]

Ruby Parker ·
Way to go Beth Anne and Robin! So exciting to see your efforts along the Eastern Shore!
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Re: "Now Is The Time, We Can't Wait Until They Fall"

Jonathan Willias ·
Any thoughts regarding how the recently approved state 'commission on the school to prison pipeline and restorative practices' might spark or even support local efforts like those in Hagerstown to develop more awareness about childhood trauma, in particular non-clinical interventions? Jonathan Williams
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Re: Paid Family Leave Event

Claudia Remington ·
Paid Family Leave is a key policy response to the NEAR (neurobiology, epigenetics, ACEs, and resilience) Science, as the time it provides for parent-child bonding helps to ensure the healthy development of babies and families. These parent-child relationships nurture early brain connections that form the foundation for all learning and relationships that follow. According to research by Joanne Klevens, et. al., state paid family leave policies have also been shown to reduce ACEs (child...
 
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