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200 Buddhists gather in New York to address urgent social crises (lionsroar.com)

Teachers, practitioners, monastics, and administrators. Young and old. Novice protesters and veteran activists. Buddhists from all walks of life and virtually all major traditions. The idea behind the conference was simple: Buddhists strive to alleviating suffering. Political and social crises cause immense suffering around the world. How can as-of-yet unconnected Buddhists groups work together to help? The answer to that question is not simple. Unlike many other faith groups, Buddhism has...
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2018 ACEs Symposium phenomenal advancement, prompts more questions (lasalle-school.org)

Albany – May 7th was a milestone day for the discussion of ACEs in Albany and the Capital Region!! LaSalle School hosted the fifth annual ACEs Symposium in the Empire State Plaza’s Convention Center welcoming 1,500 anxious to hear from keynoters – noted ACE advocate, author and pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris, MD and documentary film maker James Redford. Dr. John Bennett, chief executive officer of the event’s major sponsor, CDPHP, welcomed the crowd. Members from CDPHP and fellow event...
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A Leading Voice for ACE Response in the Sectors of Aging and Addictions

Nicole MacFarland ·
Senior Hope Counseling, Inc. is the only non-intensive, freestanding, OASAS licensed outpatient clinic in New York State that caters exclusively to adults aged 50 and older who struggle with substance use challenges. As an active partner in the Capital District's Healthy Environments and Relationships that Supports (HEARTS) initiative, Senior Hope continues to evolve their ACE- informed services and promote a culture of resilience for both clients and staff. Senior Hope is a leading voice...
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Bringing the Good Stuff (nationswell.com)

Transfernation changes the food charity model. Hannah Dehradunwala moved with her family from New Jersey to Pakistan when she was 11. “Almost nothing here goes to waste,” she thought. When Dehradunwala moved back to the U.S. to attend New York University, she took that mentality with her. Seeing homeless people eating from trash cans shocked her. Compared to what she’d seen in Pakistan, throwing away excess edible food seemed “an insult to people who can’t afford to eat,” she says.
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For two centuries these lands have not heard the songs or felt the Oneida’s feet on the ground (Indian Country Today)

Two hundred years is a long time to be separated from your grandparents, aunties, cousins, extended family, and friends. Two hundred years is a long time to be severed from your ancestral homelands. This past week, in Clinton, New York, a collective of traditional Oneida women from New York, Wisconsin, and Oneida, Ontario, gathered on a plot of newly reclaimed land, returning to their homelands, to celebrate the receipt of land gifted to them. Divided by centuries of the U.S. government’s...
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How to Build a Better Jail (nationswell.com)

Rikers Island, the infamous and isolated jail complex located off the coastline of New York City, is officially being shut down. And in its place is the possibility of new community jails that are designed, specifically, for better treatment of inmates. In conjunction with closing Riker’s 10 jails, an independent commission last year recommended the city open smaller facilities — called “justice hubs” — that would be located next to local courts and integrated into existing neighborhoods.
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I'll Cry Later; A.C.E. Trauma Scores, Addiction, #MeToo, Prostitution and S.O.L. Reform

Stacy Youst ·
A woman's body was found last winter in an area of our city known for drug use, prostitution and crime. This time it is personal. This woman and her brother used to play with my own child. I'm not just heartbroken that my nephew, and now my niece, have both died in this opiate crisis that is so severe it has actually lowered America's life expectancy. I want to help. Two years ago I was introduced to Ms. Melanie Blow of Stop Abuse Campaign and she has proven to be a wonderful source of...
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Lunch leftovers: How “sharing tables” help Syracuse City schools reduce food waste (syracuse.com)

The Syracuse City School District is not allowed to send leftovers home with students, due to state law. But for several years, the district has adopted a small-scale but creative, scalable approach to minimizing waste: sharing tables. This is how it works: Every student gets a lunch. If he or she doesn’t want a part of the lunch, such as milk, the student can drop off the milk on a designated table in the lunchroom. Another student who wants a second milk, for example, can then pick up the...
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Musical on trauma healing to be performed in NYC

Liz Schiller ·
Trauma is everywhere in art. In movies, songs, stories and novels, writers and performers create characters who go through terrible, difficult things and who then respond to the world and other people in it in all the challenging ways we know. Past trauma is a convenient shorthand to explain a character's anger, depression, addiction or bad behavior. In 2013, I was frustrated by the lack of trauma healing shown in art. Where are the songs, stories and films that show the real story, that...
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New York’s parent defender model lowers reliance on foster care [chronicleofsocialchange.org]

New York City’s brand of wrap-around legal representation may not prevent the removal of children from their families. But they might be getting home much faster, and without any risk to their safety. A much-anticipated study of parent representation released this week found that for parents represented by interdisciplinary law offices (ILO) – which include lawyers, social workers and parent advocates – youth spend about four fewer months in foster care than in cases represented by...
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New York State requires mental health education (districtadministration.com)

M ost states have laws mandating health education in primary and secondary schools, but New York will be the first to emphasize mental health instruction for all grades. The move follows legislation signed into law in 2016 and slated to take effect in July 2018, in time for the new school year. The first signs of mental health problems begin, on average, at about 14 years old, yet the average age that individuals seek help is 24. School-age children are particularly vulnerable, with 8...
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Northeast and Mid-Atlantic trauma leaders share successes and challenges at May 1 networking meeting

Leaders in ACEs/trauma/resilience movement from nine states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic and the District of Columbia gathered for a networking call on May 1 to learn about flexible funding opportunities for states under the CARES Act, ways to get involved in advocacy, and share their successes and challenges in building statewide coalitions. The meeting of leaders was organized by ACEs Connection and the Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP) in response to COVID-19...
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Nursing Summit on ACES - April 12 in Dutchess County

Robert Wingate ·
This program is presented by the Catskill Hudson Area Health Education Center's Nursing Workforce Development Workgroup in coordination with leadership of SUNY Delhi School of Nursing. The purpose of this program is to provide an educational forum to discuss Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and the potential effects it can contribute to long-term, adverse health-related issues. The NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing Center for Continuing Education in Nursing is accredited as a provider...
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Schenectady schools consider childhood trauma [TimesUnion.com]

The monthly New York State Board of Regents meeting Monday Nov. 13, 2017 in Albany, N.Y. (Photo: Skip Dickstein/ Times Union) _____________________________ ALBANY — Over a year ago, Schenectady schoolteachers and administrators began trying something new. When a student acted out, instead of asking "What is wrong with you?" they started asking "What has happened to you?" As soon as educators started to consider that trauma — a parent's death, a father in prison, physical or sexual abuse,...
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Students' traumas prompt N.Y. educators to learn how to reach out effectively (democratandchronicle.com)

New York educators seeking better ways to deal with students' trauma, anxiety, depression and stress gathered Thursday in Greece. Educators from across the state said they attended to be proactive, looking for services and strategies to better help students. "I don't feel qualified for all of it," Carrie Seitz, a Rochester City School District teacher in the youth and justice program, said about addressing traumas that her students have experienced. However, "kids are craving the connection"...
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Supporting Older Trauma Survivors as They Heal Their Pasts, Grow Their Futures

Anndee Hochman ·
Marie-Monique Marthol handed out the cards to older adults at meetings of her local civic association. With the pastor’s permission, she left some at a neighborhood church. She stacked them in restaurants, community centers and even at the laundromat. On the front, the cards read, “Time never runs out for change. Let go of fear and guilt. Focus on healing and growth from ACEs.” The flip side said, “Healing from your past; giving to your future.” They were slogans fine-tuned through months of...
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Survey Tracks Adverse Childhood Experiences [WAMC.org]

Clare Reidy ·
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently released a national survey of children's health that shows almost half of American kids experience traumatic experiences. The study was produced by CAHMI, the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative . Martha Davis is Senior Program Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She is disturbed by the compendium in the 2016 edition of the National Survey of Children's Health and an analysis conducted by CAHMI. "What it shows is a state...
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Swimming Against the Tide

Donna Jenson ·
We are swimming against the tide of taboo. All we brave and battling souls deciding it is time to stop abuse from happening to the children. I’m watching so, so many hearty hearts step up to microphones, web sites, and audiences filled with curious faces, open faces, even welcoming faces. I remember a day in 1998 – I had been invited by someone in Boston to lead a workshop for survivors. I had a most simple agenda – form a circle, say our names, tell each other why we’re here, look at a...
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The Cops Standing With, and For, the Gay Communities They Serve (nationswell.com)

Since 1982, the Gay Officers Action League has moved to put a dark chapter in the NYPD's past behind them, while bridging divides between themselves and the people they're sworn to protect. Not long after New York City police Detective Brian Downey slides into a corner seat at Philip Marie, a restaurant serving American comfort classics in Manhattan's West Village, the owner drops by. He's all smiles as he shakes Downey's hand, welcoming him back for the umpteenth time. "This place is good...
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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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Universal free lunch is linked to better test scores in New York City, new report finds [chalkbeat.org]

Laura Pinhey ·
Offering all students free lunch helps boost academic performance, a new report, which looked at meal programs in New York City middle schools, shows. The study, out of Syracuse University’s Center for Policy Research, assessed the impact of universal free lunch on students who previously didn’t have access to such a meals program. Researchers found “statistically significant” bumps in reading and math state test scores once students attended schools with universal free lunch. One way to...
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"It's All Connected": NJEA ACEs Task Force Reaches Beyond Educators

Anndee Hochman ·
The March meeting of the New Jersey Education Association’s ACEs Task Force opened without an agenda. It was a virtual gathering with more than 50 people—educators, social workers, professionals in pediatrics, juvenile justice and child abuse prevention. The pandemic had landed emphatically close to home, with a governor’s order to close all schools on March 18, and participants were grappling with what that meant for their students, their families and themselves. So ACEs Task Force co-chair...
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