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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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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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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...
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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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Bel Air (MD) police claim new program is helping reduce opioid overdose numbers | WMAR-2 News Baltimore

Veto Mentzell ·
By connecting overdose victims to therapy, behavioral health, and case management, the Bel Air Police Department and Family & Children's Services of Central Maryland are hoping to impact the cycle of addiction in Harford County.
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CDC's 'Connecting the Dots' Tool

Great new Resource from CDC shared with me from Dr. Kevin Sherin, Health Officer & Director of Florida Department of Health in Orange County, Florida. Welcome to the Connections Selector! This tool makes it easier for you to connect the dots and explore the relationships between multiple types of violence and the risk and protective factors they share at each level of the social-ecological model (SEM). A clear understanding of these connections can help you plan strategies to prevent...
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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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Extending Mental Health Help to Vulnerable Kids (health.usnews.com)

Open-ended discussions with children and teens can uncover traumatic causes of behavioral and emotional problems. "It's not necessarily asking, 'Would you like access to mental health services?'" explains La Toya Mobley, a pediatric clinical social worker at the Harriet Lane Clinic. Rather, it's posing questions like, "What is your experience at home?" to get at the heart of the matter. "Trauma and ADHD mirror each other," Mobley says. "So we're asking more questions about trauma, especially...
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Family and Children’s Services of Central Maryland Partners with Bel Air Police Department to Implement the Drug Abatement Response Team (DART)

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(Bel Air, Md) In an attempt to break the cycle of addiction, Family and Children’s Services of Central Maryland has partnered with the Bel Air Police Department, the Harford County Office of Drug Control Policy, and other local agencies to form the Bel Air Drug Abatement Response Team (DART).
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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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Graduations, non-linear paths, & the importance of getting started

Lori Chelius ·
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.”
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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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Handle With Care Program Expands Throughout Maryland

Veto Mentzell ·
Additional Counties to Join, New Website Provides Resources for Trauma-Informed Support for Maryland Children ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) today announced the expansion of Handle With Care Maryland, a program designed to help children who are exposed to violence through seamless and careful communication and collaboration between law enforcement and schools. Under the model, if a student has witnessed or had a traumatic experience the night...
 
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