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Healthy and resilient kids, families, and communities are the foundation for a flourishing, vibrant region. We are dedicated to creating a trauma-informed Michigan and working together across sectors to share our efforts in building resilience and reducing toxic stress for Michigan children and families.

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Re: Study from Pediatrics: Some new moms get too little advice from doctors (usatoday.com)

Former Member ·
(Here is a Link to the Full Text PDF from Pediatrics, July 27th 2015) Maternal Report of Advice Received for Infant Care BACKGROUND: Advice has been associated with increased adherence to recommended infant care practices, and may represent a modi fi able factor to promote infant health. METHODS: A strati fi ed, 2-stage, clustered design, with oversampling of black and Hispanic mothers, was used to survey a nationally representative sample of 1031 mothers of infants aged 2 to 6 months.
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Re: AGENDA FOR THE MEETING OF THE NE MICHIGAN TRAUMA INFORMED COMMUNITY: 7.30.15

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I wanted to put this here so that the NE Michigan Group could have some Ideas of how to move forward beyond the school system but that might be able to be tied in through Alcona too? We could try to collaborate with the CAC (Grand Rapids) ---- and Alcona maybe Jacki Fitzgerald ---- and then maybe Western Michigan (NCTSN K-Zoo sight) --- to move the trauma informed care collaboration into NE Michigan. So here is the newsletter from the Child and Family Services in TC. Behavioral Health Team...
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Re: Changing Foster Care-A Survivor's Approach

Where can we order this book, Shenandoah?
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Re: Changing Foster Care-A Survivor's Approach

Shenandoah Chefalo ·
It's not available yet. BUT you can sign up for my newsletter and get info as soon as it is released!
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Re: Changing Foster Care-A Survivor's Approach

And how can we sign up for your newsletter?
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Re: Changing Foster Care-A Survivor's Approach

Shenandoah Chefalo ·
www.garbagebagsuitcase.com
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Re: Link between ACEs and Animal Cruelty, Something for Child Forensic Interviewers to Consider?

Dr. Cathy Anthofer-Fialon ·
Tina, I have a PC and can't get the embedded link to save as a jpg. or otherwise. Hmmmm...any help is appreciated. Take Care, Cathy On Mon, Jul 13, 2015 at 12:00 PM, ACEsConnection < communitymanager@acesconnection.com> wrote:
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Re: Check out "What if ACES were the basis for mental health treatment?" (madinamerica.com)

Former Member ·
What if We Could PREVENT Most Mental Health Problems? By Dr. Sandra L. Bloom | August 20th, 2015 | Posted on realmhchange.org The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs Study) may turn out to be the most important scientific finding of the late 20th century, opening up windows of opportunity that could vastly improve mental health care, physical health care, and virtually all of our current major social problems. The ACEs study, along with other major epidemiological studies, show that we...
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Re: A Mother's Rage

Shenandoah Chefalo ·
Cathy- What a brave post! I applaud your honesty in sharing and writing about your experience. As a foster care survivor and having worked in criminal law for so long, I often believe that families are often forgotten victims. I am looking forward to meeting you (in person) at the upcoming webinar and brainstorming ways in which we can introduce trauma informed care to our community!
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Re: A Mother's Rage

Shenandoah Chefalo ·
I totally get it. I remained silent about my foster care status for far too long, mostly because I was ashamed. Not. . . it's time for change and solutions!
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Re: Poverty Impacts Brain Development

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Live Online Event: How does poverty affect health decisions? Posted on July 1, 2014 by TEDMED Staff Poverty affects every aspect of life and has particularly bad repercussions on human health. The stress of poverty has detrimental effects on the body — and especially the brain. Two landmark studies are among the many to show poverty’s harsh impact. In the Whitehall Studies, researchers at the University College of London sought to understand how the health of men in the British Civil Service...
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12 Myths of the Science of ACEs

The two biggest myths about ACEs science are: MYTH #1 — That it’s just about the 10 ACEs in the ACE Study — the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study . It’s about sooooo much more than that. MYTH #2 — And that it’s just about ACEs…adverse childhood experiences. These two myths are intertwined. The ACE Study issued the first of its 70+ publications in 1998, and for many people it was the lightning bolt, the grand “aha” moment, the unexpected doorway into a blazing new...
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Breaking Through: Video and User's Guide to Understand and Address Toxic Stress

Carlene Przykucki ·
  Here's a link and info about a presentation from the National Center on Health, Office of Head Start, that may be of use to those of us looking for material appropriate for community awareness talks. I like that the PDF user guide has a...
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Abused as a small boy. Now what?

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When the fidgety, anxious, 5-year-old boy from northern Michigan came in about a year ago to see pediatrician Tina Hahn, it was soon apparent to her this was a case medication alone would not solve. “He was trying to hide under the chair. He looked panicked and overwhelmed. He was in that fight or flight mode,” said Hahn, who was then in practice in Alpena. The boy, she learned, had been taken away from his mother when he was 3, from a home rife with drug use, alcoholism and severe physical...
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ACEs: A Second Chance? [MAHP.org]

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Recently, my wife and I viewed the movie Seabiscuit for the umpteenth time—as it is a favorite. Each time I’ve watched the movie, I notice something I haven’t noticed before. This time, I focused on the message that was being repeated over and over again. To paraphrase that message: we all go through tough times, but we need to keep going in order to succeed and having a second chance is necessary. But is that true? Or does that have to be true? The answer to that question in the context of...
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Bill would ban gay conversion therapy at youth boot camps (thehill.com)

Former Member ·
House lawmakers have introduced legislation to ban the practice of gay conversion therapy and other forms of child abuse at youth boot camps and residential treatment programs.   The bill unveiled Tuesday by Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and...
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Building a Trauma-Informed Nation - Be a Part - Become an Amplifier Site or Sign up Individually

Former Member ·
JOIN THE FEDERAL PARTNERS COMMITTEE ON WOMEN AND TRAUMA TO CATALYZE A TRAUMA–INFORMED NATIONAL STRATEGY The United States is experiencing a public health crisis: an epidemic of trauma, violence and toxic stress.   In response, efforts to...
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Can School Heal Children in Pain? (acestoohigh.com)

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After learning about the overwhelming effects of childhood trauma, I decided to make a film about a school that’s adopted a “trauma-informed” lens. Documentaries are no walk in the park. They take a lot of time and money; they have a...
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Changing Foster Care-A Survivor's Approach

Shenandoah Chefalo ·
Plagued and embarrassed by my name, made worse by a nomadic childhood that made it impossible to build lasting relationships, I developed tough skin at an early age. Along the way I learned to deal with disappointment, push through discomfort,...
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Check out "What if ACES were the basis for mental health treatment?" (madinamerica.com)

Carlene Przykucki ·
What would happen if the mental health system fully recognized the pervasive and profound impacts of trauma on their clients?  How might a deeper appreciation of the multi-faceted sequelae of childhood maltreatment and toxic stressors reshape...
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Childhood trauma and its effects: Implications for Policing

Dr. Cathy Anthofer-Fialon ·
    Childhood trauma unrecognized or ignored can have life changing implications, forging terrible, new links in the vicious, generational, chain of trauma. We can be the difference to break the chain.  
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Creating and Advocating for Trauma-Sensitive Schools

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  Creating and Advocating for Trauma-Sensitive Schools Volume 2 of Helping Traumatized Children Learn: Creating and Advocating for Trauma-Sensitive Schools, safe, supportive learning environments that benefit all children offers a Guide...
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"Faces of ACEs: The Lifelong Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences" Conference 2019

Laura Pinhey ·
Friday, April 12, 2019 marked an exciting, auspicious, and perhaps pivotal day in the history of Monroe County, Indiana. That’s a lot of adjectives—and pressure—to pile onto just another glorious spring day in Bloomington. But I think many folks who virtually congregate on a site that supports communities implementing trauma-informed and resilience-building practices grounded in ACEs science would agree that a county’s first-ever ACEs conference deserves a little ballyhoo. But this ACEs...
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Florida’s New Predictive Risk Tool Likely to Drive Down Juvenile Incarceration (chronicleofsocialchange.org)

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The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice  is set to become the first state agency to conduct risk assessments using predictive analytics, a process that uses huge collections of data to predict outcomes and patterns.   It’s the sort...
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For many kids, mental health care in Michigan means psychotropic drugs (stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org)

Former Member ·
Dr. April Ping is a pediatrician in Livingston county. She's known by foster parents in her area as somebody who understands the complications the foster care system brings, and the health concerns it creates for kids. The mental health care concerns...
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Foster Children Rising Above Despair (MyBayCity.com)

Former Member ·
  Thursday night, the Bay area chapter of the Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative presented a program on the success of foster care children. The message was geared at educating the audience of their journeys from an abusive home to foster...
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Healing ACE's

David Kenney ·
Healing Childhood Trauma I’d like to thank each member of ACE’s Connection for all your work helping and supporting children through various activities and organizations. You are clearly a collection of people who care about the children of the world. It is in recognition of these efforts that I ask you to consider two books on healing childhood trauma. They represent a life-time partnership dedicated to raising and educating healthy children. Secondly, I’d like to ask you for a word of...
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Healing Trauma: One Grocery Store Line at a Time

Shenandoah Chefalo ·
There’s a women standing in front of me at the grocery store. I can see her fidgeting, shifting her weight back and forth. She glances my way and gives me the “what is taking so long” look as she rolls her eyes. I shrug and smile. She turns back around. I notice she doesn’t have much in her cart. After the person in front of her is finished, the cashier asks, “How is everything today?” Of course the cashier had no way of knowing what was coming next. This woman begins to unleash a verbal...
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How Grief Goes Unnoticed in Foster Children: And the Underlying Trauma that it Causes

Shenandoah Chefalo ·
I have attended several funerals during my lifetime. At one, when I was still in high school, I remember watching the mother of a friend throw herself over her son’s casket, unable to contain her emotions. Those of us who were there sat and stared, stunned, but silent. Eventually, a much older lady with gray wispy hair came running down the aisle, throwing her arms around the women’s shoulders, whispering that it was OK and that she should take a break for a while. She hugged the...
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If Minnesota Can Do This, We Can Too!!: State rep and family advocate, Rena Moran, envisions a trauma-informed Minnesota

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  Minnesota has the potential to become a trauma-informed state if the hard work is done to raise awareness of ACEs and the impact of toxic stress on brain development, says third-term state representative Rena Moran (D-St. Paul). Moran led the...
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Innovative, New Approach in Charlevoix County, Michigan Court

Dr. Cathy Anthofer-Fialon ·
 CHARLEVOIX COUNTY PROBATE / FAMILY COURT SAFE HARBOR ADOLESCENT RECOVERY PROGRAM   “ An innovative trauma-informed substance abuse treatment program where youth find safe sanctuary to heal and move forward. ”   Charlevoix...
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Michigan Great Start Trauma Informed System

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  This is the site from the State of Michigan  through which the Greg's Promise Group is doing their work and has their grant to disseminate information on toxic stress to area early childhood educators.  There are several learning...
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"Moving from Understanding to Implementing Trauma-Responsive Services" Takeaways from SAMSHA Forum in Johnson City 9.5.19

Speakers and guests at the SAMSHA Forum included (l-r) Mary Rolando of the Department of Children's Services; Chrissy Haslam, First Lady of Tennessee; Dr. Joan Gillece, SAMSHA Center for Trauma Informed Care; Dr. Andi Clements, East Tennessee State University; Becky Haas, Johnson City Police Department; Carey Sipp, ACEs Connection, and Robin Crumley, Boys & Girls Club of Johnson City/Washington County. It was easy to be both inspired and a bit overwhelmed at the Substance Abuse and...
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My Story - Human Trafficking and ACEs

Ruth A Rondon ·
#WARonSlavery
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New Community!!! Ardmore OK Behavioral Health Collaborative

I'm excited to announce the newest ACEs Connection geographic community for my region, the Midwest & TN: Ardmore OK Behavioral Health Collaborative . This community is a partnership of local organizations taking a trauma-informed stance on behavioral health in Carter County, OK. Their goal is to build a healthy, connected and resilient community. The community manager is Ashley Godwin . Ashley Godwin joined Ardmore Behavioral Health Collaborative in March 2017 as the Director where she...
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Nominate a Trauma-Informed Care Champion: #TICchampion

Mariel Gingrich ·
Becoming a trauma-informed organization requires clear communication about the transformation process, and support from staff at all levels of an organization. Often these efforts are spearheaded by “trauma-informed care champions”— individuals committed to raising awareness regarding the health effects of trauma and toxic stress and improving care for people who have experienced trauma. This week, the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) invites you to recognize people around you who...
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Positive Childhood Experiences offset ACEs: Q & A with Dr. Robert Sege about HOPE

Tufts University medical professor Dr. Robert Sege directs the Center for Community-Engaged Medicine and is nationally known for his research on effective health systems approaches that address social determinants of health. He is also the principal investigator for the HOPE framework (Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences).The HOPE framework is based on research that shows how positive childhood experiences can mitigate the effects of adverse childhood experiences. Sege and colleagues...
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Preventing child abuse and neglect is a moral and economic imperative (jsonline.com) Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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There is nothing more important than the health and happiness of our children, and what they experience in their early years helps build the foundation for them to grow into strong, confident adults. But every year, more than 650,000 children across...
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Resilience Coffee April 2016 Notes

Dr. Cathy Anthofer-Fialon ·
Resilience Coffee April 6, 2016 Great Conversation! Foster Care to Success program discussion www.fc2success.org Looking for faculty members at NMC for mentoring Shen Chefalo discussed her training she offered in Washington, “Helping Without Harming” Question raised- how do we measure we are trauma informed? Sue Bolde discussed Zero Tolerance launch postponed Discussed 5 strengthening family’s strengths: parent resilience, social connections, social and emotional competence, concrete...
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Resilience Coffee August 2016 Meeting Notes

Dr. Cathy Anthofer-Fialon ·
Resilience Coffee Notes August 3, 2016 Attendees: Anne Hughes, Melanie Villaneuva, Nicole Miller, Jennifer Symons, Margaret Alexander, Susie Greenfelder, Cathy Fialon Next Coffee: Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 7:30 am Suzy discussed her work as a campus coach Margaret shared how the GT Pie Company has an endowment for the MSU FAME program NMC developed the first campus coach program in Michigan Financial Aid office used to be a barrier, but training of the staff has made all of the...
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Resilience Coffee Notes May 2016

Dr. Cathy Anthofer-Fialon ·
May 2016 Resilience Coffee Notes Present Mike and Sharon Herron, Carrie Douglas, David Lloyd, Paula Smith, Amelia Siders, Emily Quinn, Lance Morgan, Sharon VanDrie, Carey Curran, Deb Frisbie, Sarah Hubbell, Erika Solomonson Conversation about a support group for parents who are parenting a child with ACES (adoptive, foster care or otherwise)- Amelia Siders of the Child Advocacy Center and Paula Smith of Child and Family services offered to work on a series. Amelia mentioned that Child...
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Submit a Presentation Proposal for the Midwest ACE Summit!

Kate Bailey ·
The Midwest ACE Summit will take place in Minnesota on November 10th and 11th. We hope that you will join us for this opportunity to connect and learn with others across the state and region! We are currently inviting presentation proposals from folks across the Midwest who would like to facilitate workshop (breakout) sessions. The deadline for submissions is August 1st . For more information, please see the attached RFP form. Please share this form across your networks! For more information...
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Text4baby.org

Former Member ·
  I signed up for Text4Baby about 4 months ago.  I have been receiving weekly texts on infant care.  I find the information up to date and excellent for new or pregnant mothers.     For my "1 month old baby" I received this...
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The Crisis in Pediatric Psychiatric Emergency Rooms (The Center for Young Healthy Minds)

Former Member ·
    Psychiatric emergency rooms are busier than you can imagine—unless you’ve been stuck in one.  In fact, there’s only one emergency room setting that’s even more so:  pediatric  psychiatric emergency...
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Tools for teachers -- Children's Resilience Initiative (Original Post by Jane Stevens)

Former Member ·
    The Children's Resilience Initiative's web site,  ResilienceTrumpsACEs.org  has an  assortment of resilience-building tools for elementary school-age children.     Because we understand the impact of trauma on a...
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Trauma-Informed Care is Not a Program For Your Clients 

Tanya Fritz ·
Understanding the long-term impact of developmental trauma, how trauma impacts the brain, and the science of resiliency is a powerful first step toward change. It is exciting to watch people begin to let this knowledge soak in… and even more exciting when they begin to ask “Now what?” As I have worked with organizations across the state, I have found that often what they are really looking for is the curriculum or recipe book that they can follow for their clients or students. Even those...
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Trauma-Informed is Messy Business…

Tanya Fritz ·
Words like trauma-informed and resiliency get thrown around a lot these days. And for many, the visions they call up are a bit too glossy. You see resiliency and trauma-informed aren’t always pretty. Resiliency can look like closing the bathroom door and collapsing in tears… but then washing your face and going back into the world, carrying the belief that you can survive and the hope that things will get better. It looks like begrudgingly going on that walk with a friend, when the little...
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Trauma Primer for Juvenile Probation and Juvenile Detention Staff

Dr. Cathy Anthofer-Fialon ·
A Trauma Primer for Juvenile Probation and Juvenile Detention Staff August 12, 2015 Juvenile justice probation and detention workers play an important role in helping system-involved youth and families navigate justice and social service systems;...
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Under One Roof

Dr. Cathy Anthofer-Fialon ·
BY SARAH ELMS  selms@record-eagle.com TRAVERSE CITY — Local pediatricians and counselors are hopeful a new partnership will give more children access to mental health care. Kids Creek Children's Clinic pediatrician Stephanie Galdes said...
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Want to make Michigan a top 10 education state? Here are some suggestions (stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org)

Former Member ·
Brian Whiston is the new guy in town at the  Michigan Department of Education,  and it looks like he's got poverty on the brain. Whiston and the state Board of Ed early this week convened a group of folks from around the state to  share...
 
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