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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: Trauma informed hospital system

Former Member ·
Here is a partial list of information (I don't know of any full scale implementation in Michigan) 1. http://www.avahealth.org/aces_...ic-primary-care.html (From the Academy on Violence and Abuse - RJ Gilespie and Teri Petterson screen for parents of 4 month olds at a large Pediatric Primary Care Clinic in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Gilespie will be speaking along with Nadine Burke-Harris at the AAP annual conference in Washington, DC this October at the "Peds 21 Conference" which can be found at...
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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: Developing a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System

Former Member ·
This issue brief discusses the steps that may be necessary to create a child welfare system that is more sensitive and responsive to trauma. Every child welfare system is different, and each State or county child welfare system will need to conduct its own systematic process of assessment and planning, in collaboration with key partners, to determine the best approach. After providing a brief overview of trauma and its effects, this issue brief discusses some of the primary areas of...
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Re: Developing a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System

Former Member ·
These two Cards were mentioned by Dr. Stirling in the AAP Trauma Experienced by Kids in Foster Care Video. I really think when dealing with kids in Foster Care or any child who has been traumatized, it is important to understand that the behavioral reactions seen are often normal adaptive reactions considering what the child experienced. The video is really great at explaining this and helping us understand but also understand how to speak to parents so that they can understand the behaviors...
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Re: Healthy Foster Care America

Former Member ·
This set of Resources from Healthy Foster Care is Great. The video is awesome and the Guide for Pediatricians is a great resource not only for Pediatricians but Teachers and Child Welfare and all other Professionals. So I am putting this here as we learn and share. I did put it on ACEs in Pediatrics when it was first available. Thanks Tina https://www.aap.org/en-us/advo...es/Trauma-Guide.aspx
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Re: Text 4 Baby

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 text: "A crying baby can stress you out. Need a break? Put your baby in a safe place to cry and ask for help. Watch this video for more ideas: text4b.org/094." Since this doesn't work as a link, here is what you would learn when going to the link: All babies cry and some cry more...
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Re: followup exchange presentation 9:8

Former Member ·
Here is the followup exchange presentation given yesterday 9/8 in Alpena. Wanted to review ACEs, go over toxic stress and give a followup on the work we have been doing in Alpena and where we hope to go. No volunteers to join our group. However, asked that if the group hosts other presenters who may be interested to let them know about us. Making a collection of power points that can be used in our rural community to educate folks on ACEs and Toxic Stress. Any ideas of how to spread the word...
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Re: This is Crazy: Criminalizing Mental Health - Brave New Films (23 min)

Former Member ·
This problem is certainly something I believe would be very useful to educate our justice system to learn about. Our system is crazy and makes hurt people do even worse and it is non-sensical!!!! It is also a huge waste of money!!! Anyone have any ideas how to approach this in Michigan. I will contact Beth Campbell from MSU to see if we can get her onboard. Wonder if anyone has any other ideas?
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Re: Assistance dog trained to help witnesses, victims in Stanislaus County court [Modesto Bee]

Former Member ·
Very cool. There was a time and even now. I could use such a service dog. There is a big internal push to not report sexual assault. I wouldn't because I did not want to be re-traumatized by this system that is very adversarial and tends to blame the one assaulted.
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Re: Assistance dog trained to help witnesses, victims in Stanislaus County court [Modesto Bee]

Dr. Cathy Anthofer-Fialon ·
Tina, I understand completely. The "system" has to ask a victim to recount and relive a horrific incident. This is the same for victims of domestic violence. When I worked as a domestic violence advocate I went to court with victims.The cross examination was the worst. ~ Cathy
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Re: I tweaked the Spokane Public Health Dept and Jane's ACEs Handout with a PDF editor

Former Member ·
Here is the PDF I made with an editor. I can edit it more too if anyone would like.
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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: ACEs is not just about kids...

Former Member ·
Hi Cathy, I completely agree. I had this article from the RWJF taped to the cork board at my desk and looked at it everyday wondering how I could get these services for the parents of my pediatric patients. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Awards $16 Million to Health Leads to Help Health Care Providers Address Social Factors Boston– Health Leads , an organization which enables physicians and other health care providers to prescribe basic resources such as food and heat for their low-income...
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Re: Northeast Michigan Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative

Former Member ·
Here is the Actual Power Point. The poll everywhere are slide slots from an app service that allows interactive audience polling which we used for the 10 ace questions which were texted in live during the presentation. We had 20 participants in addition to the 4 presenters. Below is an example of what the slide would look like with the poll.
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Re: The Impact of Trauma and Neglect on Young Children

Former Member ·
Here is the Link to the Webinar. Please watch. Dr. Perry's work is absolutely wonderful and really helps us with understanding of trauma and toxic stress. 1. http://www.ctacny.com/the-impa...-children-video.html 2. Here is another video that is absolutely awesome by Dr. Perry (about 1.5 hrs) from the National Council for Behavioral health. So awesome to learn and understand better how to help Children and their Families. http://www.thenationalcouncil....rauma-informed-care/ 3. Here is...
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Re: Webinar - Tomorrow -The ACE Study: Measuring Childhood Trauma Exposure and Working to Change the Ending for Survivors and their Children

Former Member ·
This was an awesome webinar!!!! I will post on this Michigan site when it is available. Great for the Justice system to know about!!!!!!!!
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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: Saving Brains, A Grand Challenge by Dr. Mike Evans

Former Member ·
This is an awesome video and shows that by planting and growing a trauma informed community and State (of Michigan), we can really work together to 1. Be able to understand our fellow citizens' suffering (our children's friends, our friends who are having a hard time at work or in the community etc). 2. We can not only see the origin of the suffering, we can start to understand the origin of the suffering (and I would say the diminution of every suffering human's potential). BUT THIRD and...
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Re: Healing ACE's

Mary Spence ·
Would love to read the books, David. Thanks for your note- will definitely review the resources. I too am a school psychologist of many years here in Michigan and am grateful for the ACEs work. Prior to my tenure in schools, I worked in mental health, including community settings, state hospitals and a psychiatric prison. My broad base of experience- both personal and professional- have helped me understand the real limitations of these governmental organizations in relieving suffering in...
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Re: What Michigan Counties Would be Interested in tackling a Public Health Epidemic?

Former Member ·
Maybe even a link to the handout on ACEs/Toxic Stress/Resilience that people can print out and have with them???
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Re: Ideas from Members on How to Extend our Reach?

Former Member ·
Hi Marni, I have been asked to give a presentation on ACEs/Toxic Stress and Trauma Informed Care to the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Child Abuse Concil. I have given several talks on ACEs and Toxic Stress. I do them for free or just ask (if it is possible) a small fee to cover gas, hotel and a day or two in the kennel for my dogs. I was asked by the Great Start Collaborative via the school psychologist to go to the last meeting in Alpena but I couldn't figure out the time or date. So I missed it. I...
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Re: Dr Greg Proulx

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I have attached the Power Point Presentation from the Michigan Association Infant Mental Health Tribute to Dr. Proulx for all his work with infants and Alpena in our region for many years. Here is a link to the main Blog Post to Greg also. https://www.acesconnection.com/...ss-dr-greg-proux-too
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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: Spokane Public Nurses Provide Resources - We can Use

Former Member ·
Public health nurses at Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) developed a 178-page toolkit -- 1*2*3 Care -- for caregivers of children. They define caregivers as parents, grandparents, child care providers, teachers, and others who care for children daily. They describe the toolkit as supporting caregivers on their journey towards "trauma sensitivity". The toolkit can be downloaded as a whole, or individual topics can be downloaded separately. The toolkit also includes handouts for...
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Re: Presentation to our Human Services Coordinating Committee

Former Member ·
We had a great meeting with our local Human Services Coordinating Committee today. It was a great opportunity to reach out to others. We also received the opportunity to put our survey monkey community ACEs Survey on the Alpena Public Schools Facebook Page which will give us a great opportunity to reach out for a more comprehensive local ACEs survey as they recently had 50,000 views. The powerpoint for the Presentation is below in the attachments with the videos embedded in the presentation.
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Re: Poverty Impacts Brain Development

Former Member ·
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: Happy Teachers Will Change the World (38 minutes)

Former Member ·
Wake Up Schools: Cultivating Mindfulness in Education A global vision to walk the path of compassion, peace and joy in education through the practice of mindfulness. 'Happy Teachers Will Change the World' is a film about teachers learning mindfulness, true transformation and happiness. Watch it. Get inspired. Be the change. A film that shows what happens on our mindfulness retreats for educators. Please share it to help us reach out to as many teachers as possible—at all levels, worldwide—so...
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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?

Former Member ·
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]

Former Member ·
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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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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Activities we Can do With Kids To Help Them Learn Mindfulness (mindfulkids.wordpress.com)

Former Member ·
I absolutely love this page and as we are working to figure out which kids have been traumatized whether when working in school or with the domestic violence shelter or in the child welfare system, ways to help kids calm their fears are important for...
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AGENDA FOR THE MEETING OF THE NE MICHIGAN TRAUMA INFORMED COMMUNITY: 7.30.15

Former Member ·
  4 pm Call to order and introductions (Jeannette Polkinghorn sends regrets, but will be involved again in School year); Review and approve the agenda. 4:10 Updates and organizational matters Bob Thompson on Emotions Anonymous Tina Hahn on...
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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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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 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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Column: Update young offender sentencing (detroitnews.com)

Former Member ·
As legislators, we like to think of Michigan as a forward-thinking state. In many areas of state law, this is true. However, one area that is firmly rooted in outdated ideals and practices is our method of charging and sentencing youthful offenders....
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Could criminal justice reform be just around the corner? (StateofOpportunity.Michiganradio.org)

Former Member ·
If you're 17 and you commit a crime in Michigan,  you are automatically sentenced  as an adult. You can't even vote yet, and you're sentenced as an adult. There are only nine states that try 17-year olds as adults, and Michigan is one of...
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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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Emotional Abuse Is Inadequately Defined and Measured (chronicleofsocialchange.org)

Former Member ·
In Michigan,  46 percent of child abuse victims in 2013 suffered from emotional abuse, according to the 2013 report on child abuse and neglect data collected by the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System. In neighboring Illinois, however,...
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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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