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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: Under One Roof

Dr. Cathy Anthofer-Fialon ·
From Dr. Bruce Perry, MD (Understanding Traumatized and Maltreated Children) Clinical principles for effective work with children have additional critical elements. One is helping the child understand what they feel and why they behave a certain way in given situations. Traumatized children frequently act impulsively and misunderstand why this has happened. They will often explain this (as will the adults around them) as the by-product of them being stupid, insensitive, bad, selfish, sick or...
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Re: AGENDA FOR THE MEETING OF THE NE MICHIGAN TRAUMA INFORMED COMMUNITY: 7.30.15

Former Member ·
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: If Minnesota Can Do This, We Can Too!!: State rep and family advocate, Rena Moran, envisions a trauma-informed Minnesota

Former Member ·
I have started working in an new office in another rural part of Michigan. One of our doctors is a state Legislator. I intend on educating him and everyone I come in contact with about ACEs/Toxic Stress and why Michigan should not be left behind!!! He is also a family medicine physician so I hope to network there and with others. I asked our ED doc if I could speak at the FP Residency at McLaren (Flint). I will do that too and I recently presented information to 70 nurses at Alpena Community...
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Re: Welcome Members of Northern Michigan ACEs Action

Former Member ·
Hi Cathy, No problem. I would really like to hear what everyone is doing in Traverse City also. I know you have more resources than we do on the Eastern side of the state and Denise had sent me a message that she was considering starting work on a ACEs summit for Michigan. I would be interested in your meeting in October if I could come. I am a huge advocate for preventing ACEs in our state. I am however going to the AAP Conference in Washington DC in late October. They have several speakers...
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Re: Welcome Members of Northern Michigan ACEs Action

Former Member ·
Hi Cathy, I have a question. I asked Judge LaCross, our former Probate Judge to join the site many times (Judge LaCross and I are both members of the local Child Abuse and Neglect team so I get a little confused when I cannot seem to reach him). I cannot get the judicial system to respond much better than the medical system. Do you have any tips or insight into how I can work to educate this group? ACEs concepts and Toxic Stress are so vital to all they do as I can see you understand. I am a...
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Re: Harvard Infographic on ACEs and Toxic Stress

Marcia Fervienza ·
Thank you so much. This is so helpful!!!
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Re: Family Struggles May Affect Boys' Brain Development (Healthday.com)

Former Member ·
Since we know trauma and ongoing stress have a significant impact on a young brain, it is imperative we intervene. Much of our intervention is of course focused on the child, however; we must also focus on the adults in that child's life. Many times the chaos can be mediated by implementing interventions and support for the adult/parent in the home. By helping the parent chaos may be minimized.
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Re: Check out "What if ACES were the basis for mental health treatment?" (madinamerica.com)

Carlene Przykucki ·
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: Poverty Impacts Brain Development

Dr. Cathy Anthofer-Fialon ·
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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Re: The Crisis in Pediatric Psychiatric Emergency Rooms (The Center for Young Healthy Minds)

Former Member ·
And as I stick to, These problems can only truly be solved by prevention of mental health issues in the first place, many of which begin as behavioral problems in infancy and toddlerhood, often as a result of exposure to ACEs/Toxic Stress. Prevention is the only viable, long-term solution. Prevention also saves a lot of psychological anguish and long term harm. It is no different than giving advice for kids to use car seats, bike helmets etc. There is less likely a long term injury sustained...
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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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ACEs Connection Info -- Tour, How-Tos, Overview & FAQs

ACEs Connection Welcome Tour What you get What you can do ACEs Connection How-Tos Directory How-To post a blog How-To add a picture How-To change your email settings And more ACEs Connection Roadmap to Resilience Toolkit Directory Assets mapping Logic model MOUs And more ACEs Connection Network Overview  ACEsConnection.com and ACEsTooHigh.com ACEs, trauma-informed, and resilience-building Collective impact community of practice And more ACEs 101 FAQ ACEs, toxic stress, and epigenetics...
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ACEs Research Corner — October 2018

Harise Stein ·
[Editor's note: Dr. Harise Stein at Stanford University edits a web site -- abuseresearch.info -- that focuses on the health effects of abuse, and includes research articles on ACEs. Every month, she's posting the summaries of the abstracts and links to research articles that address only ACEs. Thank you, Harise!! -- Jane Stevens] Harris HR, Wieser F, Vitonis AF, Rich-Edwards J, et. al. Early life abuse and risk of endometriosis. Hum Reprod. 2018 Sep 1;33(9):1657-1668. PMID: 30016439 Using...
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ACEs Science in Education: The Next Big Challenge is Systems Change #ACEsCon2018

One of the first sessions of the 2018 ACEs Conference: Action to Access discussed the barriers and opportunities for increasing access in the field of education. The main question was: "How can one achieve systematic changes within the field of education?" The session was moderated by Michelle Flowers, a passionate advocate, and the principal of Kinney High in Rancho Cordova, CA, which is part of the Folsom Cordova Unified School District. It included a dynamic and diverse panel of education...
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Agenda for Thursday's Trauma-Informed Meeting

Former Member ·
AGENDA FOR THE MEETING OF THE NE MICHIGAN TRAUMA INFORMED COMMUNITY: 6.25.15   4 pm Call to order and introductions   4:10 Updates and organizational matters. ACES Connection Group Report from educational Team Report from community outreach...
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Are You A Part of the Michigan ACE Initiative?

Former Member ·
Hello, If you are a part of the Michigan ACE initiative and if you are working on spreading information about ACEs, Resilience, and Toxic Stress in our state, could you please take a little time to share what you are doing in the state so others here are aware. There are many of us who are very interested in what you are doing no matter what you do. We are interested in school - rural / urban, DHS, CMH, Great Start. We cannot learn from you if you don't share with the rest of us. Thanks for...
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Broken Crayons Still Color - Northeast Michigan Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative

Former Member ·
  Hello everyone! Although we had a rather small attendance at our meeting last Thursday, we moved forward on our stated goal of defining an achievable goal to be accomplished within the Alpena Public School System within the coming school year....
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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)

Former Member ·
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 lives from the very start: Report identifies best measures to help at-risk kids (capitalgainsmedia.com)

Former Member ·
Special Report on Early Childhood Policy in Michigan   The 3-year-olds attending  The Children's Center 's Head Start preschool program in Detroit are all giggles and smiles, exploring their surroundings with that special brand of bright...
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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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Community Resilience Cookbook

Alicia St. Andrews ·
   The National Collaborative on Adversity and Resilience (NCAR) met in December 2013 and as a result produced the Community Resilience Cookbook   You can read about the five cities and four states in the U.S. and Canada that are...
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Could mindfulness help Michigan's kids escape poverty? (stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org)

Former Member ·
  Yesterday on  The Next Idea , experts joined Cynthia Canty to talk about implementing mindfulness practice in schools. Mindfulness  has been known to help both students and teachers deal with stress in the classroom. In case you...
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Creating and Advocating for Trauma-Sensitive Schools

Former Member ·
  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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Elephant Breakdown

Former Member ·
G. A. Bradshaw, Allan N. Schore, Janine L. Brown, Joyce H. Poole and Cynthia J. Moss   Social trauma: early disruption of attachment can affect the physiology, behaviour and culture of animals and humans over generations.    T he air...
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Eradicating the roots of childhood trauma [indianapolisrecorder.com]

Alicia Doktor ·
On the east side of Indianapolis in late March, a barrage of bullets sprayed through a home, killing 1-year-old Malaysia Robson as she slept on the couch. It was a drive-by shooting in the middle of the night by two men in their late 20s. It’s the kind of violence that can shake a community, leaving its distraught members wondering how much more they can take. Community violence — and other forms of trauma — are especially harmful for children. They’re called adverse childhood experiences...
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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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Family Struggles May Affect Boys' Brain Development (Healthday.com)

Former Member ·
Mental health symptoms, reduced gray matter volume noted in study   MONDAY, Aug. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Family problems early in life might raise boys' risk of depression and anxiety, which is also tied to altered brain structure in their...
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Farmers Wash Up ‘in a Fragile Place’ After Historic Midwest Floods (pewtrusts.org)

If you need help, call the 1-800-FARM-AID hotline. In the weeks after flooding drowned the livelihoods of families who’ve farmed along the Missouri River for generations, rural advocates in the Midwest began gearing up for another crisis. The devastating floods increased concerns about the mental health and well-being of farmers who already were struggling with yearslong economic uncertainty. Groups in flood-affected states such as Nebraska say they are preparing to provide mental and...
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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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Harvard Infographic on ACEs and Toxic Stress

Marcia Fervienza ·
This was just posted by Harvard. I thought all of us could use access to it, for use in our schools and the settings we work in. The full image is on the attached PDF.
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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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Helping Students Overcome Toxic Stress through Science-Based Teaching Practices (stresshealth.org)

“What our students really crave the most is predictability from the adults interacting with them,” says Roger Sapp, a student success teacher at KIPP. For that reason, the one-on-one session is not a reward for being “good” or withheld if something bad happens. The kids who need it can count on it – every day. The scene is from a video by Edutopia (aka the George Lucas Educational Foundation), which has produced a series of more than 20 powerful, engaging shorts on how children learn in...
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How Severe Ongoing Stress Can Affect a Child's Brain

Former Member ·
“The damage that happens to kids from the infectious disease of toxic stress is as severe as the damage from meningitis or polio or pertussis,” says Dr. Tina Hahn, a pediatrician in rural Caro, Michigan. She says her No. 1 goal as a physician is to prevent toxic stress. Hahn routinely questions families about stresses at home, educates them about the risks and helps them find ways to manage. To see more by this article from Lindsey Tanner Please see the link here: ...
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If Minnesota Can Do This, We Can Too!!: State rep and family advocate, Rena Moran, envisions a trauma-informed Minnesota

Former Member ·
  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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Jones: Day 2: Soda, cigarettes and trauma: How Adverse Childhood Experiences alter brain chemistry, cultivate unhealthy habits and prompt premature death

Linda Manaugh ·
Patients would carry soda into Dr. Gerard Clancy’s office, with cigarettes tucked away for after therapy. Often victims of abuse or violent crime, they would seek soothing but risky behaviors to cope. Overweight. Chronic pain. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Type II diabetes. His former patients will die younger than they should, he said. Clancy conducted therapy sessions until he became president of the University of Tulsa in 2016. At his psychiatry clinic, he saw firsthand how a...
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Michigan Great Start Trauma Informed System

Former Member ·
  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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Michigan Trauma Informed Education

robert hull ·
We are working with PESI, a leader in professional development, to offer a full day training in trauma informed education. This content follows the content of our book on Supporting and Educating Traumatized Students. We will be in Michigan April 19, (Sterling Heights) 20, (LIvonia) and 21 (Ann Arbor) See the attached brochure If this goes well they will continue to offer this next year. Hope to see you there
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Mindfulness for Children (Childtrends.org)

Former Member ·
      Mindfulness helps poor Children in Brazil deal with Life's Challenges   What do actress  Goldie Hawn , Ohio Congressman  Tim Ryan , and  Google  employees have in common with children in disadvantaged,...
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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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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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Nonprofit collaboration addresses family homelessness (garb.com)

Former Member ·
  Family homelessness is still a big problem in West Michigan and two local organizations have joined forces to do something about it.   For the first time ever, a special partnership between two Grand Rapids nonprofits — Mel Trotter...
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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

Former Member ·
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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Substance Abuse Mental Health Services/National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative Public Service Campaign "Helping Kids Recover and Thrive"

Carlene Przykucki ·
      Raising awareness about the impact of child traumatic stress and what parents and caregivers can do to help children recover and thrive is the focus of a new public education campaign launched July 3 by the Substance...
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Racism Kills: What Community-Level Interventions Can Do About It [Rewire.news]

In the first two installments of this series, we addressed promising approaches for buffering the impact of racism on health—learning cognitive and emotional strategies, known as self-regulation , for coping with stress and building cultural connections that buffer the impacts of toxic stress. Both of those arenas are born out of social science research showing a connection between these elements and improved health outcomes, even in the face of significant adversity. But these individual...
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Rebecca Lewis-Pankratz: Solving Poverty in Your Local Community (www.betterleadersbetterschools.com) & Commentary

Cissy's note: This is a great podcast for parents, educators, and community organizers and change makers. It is an interview with @Rebecca Lewis-Pankratz interviewed by Danny Bowers "Sunshine" of Better Leaders Better Schools . Rebecca Lewis-Pankratz says things like, " We all need each other. Everyone here is important," and " The community is who we are," but they aren't inclusive-sounding platitudes. She is a tireless optimist but also understands, personally and professionally, how...
 
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