Philadelphia Group Blogs

Philadelphia ACE Task Force ACEs Messaging Group Meeting

The ACEs Messaging Group, a subcommittee of the Community Education Workgroup, met on Tuesday, June 14 th at Friends Center in Philadelphia. The group began with an overview of some of the work to date, including an update of the survey that was administered prior to May’s meeting. There were four new respondents who responded very similarly to other group members. The group moved forward to discuss their agreed upon target audiences, including older adults, youth, and parents of young...

Healing Hurt People - Philadelphia ER's & Behavioral Health Connect to Help [cleveland.com]

The " Healing Hurt People program, or HHP, an ER-based violence intervention program. HHP works on the public health-based notion that violence, like other diseases that spread, can be prevented. It targets services to those at highest risk, patients...who are being treated for violent injuries in the city's emergency rooms" Supported financially by Dr. Arthur Evans , commissioner of the city's Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, this model brings trauma...

Toxic Stress, Toxic Streets (4 minute video)

This video is about 2 years old, but I just came across it last week and wanted to share with you all. It is a powerful statement by the students at Leadership High School in San Francisco, CA. They speak about the ongoing adversity and toxic stress in their daily lives and in their community, all through the power of music. The youth voice is so important as we work to bring trauma-informed and resilience building practices to communities. Link to video: Toxic Stress, Toxic Streets

Toward a trauma-informed city: Challenges and opportunities in Philadelphia

After many months of interviewing, editing, more interviewing and more editing, “Toward a Trauma Informed City: Challenges and Opportunities in Philadelphia” will be launched next week. A group of leaders who have adopted trauma-informed practices were interviewed about their experiences recognizing trauma as an issue, what they decided to do about it, and the change they have seen from the work of their organization. These 27 leaders come from public health, behavioral health medicine,...

Philadelphia ACE Task Force Workforce Development Work Group Meeting

The Workforce Development Workgroup of the Philadelphia ACE Task Force met on Wednesday, May 18 th at the United Way. There were several members in the room who were either new or who have not been able to attend meeting recently so the group caught up on current work. The group began with an update from the subcommittee that is working to develop focus groups with teachers and administrators in from the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) to better understand how they are using...

A doctor's call for action on childhood poverty [philly.com]

The main aim of pediatrics is prevention. Prevention of diseases, of injury, of emotional problems, of developmental and intellectual delays. Our armamentarium include vaccines; screening instruments; and guidance on development, safety, and nutrition. It's time to add one more item to our tool kit: screening our young patients for health and emotional problems related to poverty. At St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in the heart of North Philadelphia, we see 15 to 20 newborns a day,...

Philadelphia ACE Task Force ACEs Messaging Group Meeting

The ACEs Messaging Group, an ad hoc group of ACE Task Force Members and Community Partners, convened on Tuesday, May 10 th at Friends Center. This meeting served as first re-convening of this group since work that had been done in 2015 around developing messages about ACEs, trauma, and resilience that “catch-on”. The group began by discussing some of this former work and reviewing some guiding principles as they move to narrow messages and test them with focus groups throughout Philadelphia.

Philadelphia ACE Task Force Practical Interventions Work Group Meeting

The Practical Interventions workgroup of the Philadelphia ACE Task Force met on Thursday, May 5 th at Friends Center in Philadelphia. The group discussed the survey that was developed to capture data from the Philadelphia ACE Task Force membership related to regional agencies/organizations that provide services to youth and adults who have experienced trauma. There was a lively discussion about final edits to the survey, which will be made in the coming weeks. Group members then suggested...

School counselors take on at-home trauma in the classroom [WHYY]

Cristo Rey faculty get one full day a week to collaborate and strategize about how to meet the specific needs of individual students. (Bas Slabbers/for WHYY) By Kevin McCorry School counselor Pam Turner-Bunyon had been warned: This new, incoming student had a dark profile and was prone to very erratic behavior. "When he first came to us, he ran out of the building, the first day — the very first day — instead of coming in, he ran," she said. Turner-Bunyon learned what happened and...

Teaching artists as agents for resilience building

Art can be used to heal. This was the overarching message of the event “Artists Plus Trauma-Informed Practice for Youth”. The event brought together teaching artists and professionals from the behavioral health field to discuss how trauma-informed practice can be used to build resilience and encourage healing through use of the arts. Teaching artists from all over the city – ranging from poets to photographers to painters – came to learn about the science of ACEs and trauma from founder of...

Healing 10 Film Festival

Hi, everyone! The Healing10 wants to make sure to invite everyone from Philadelphia, particularly those who could not get to the ACES Task Force Film Festival, to our event May 9th! Healing in Action Film Screening and Discussion May 9th, 2016, 3:30 PM, Rutgers Camden Register at www.healing10.org The Healing10, a “Community of Communities” planned as a cross sector approach to bring a trauma informed paradigm to Camden, NJ. is pleased to announce the Spring Healing in Action Film Festival!

Trauma and Parenting groups

Hello, everyone! I was hoping to get feedback about introducing brain basics, trauma and ACEs (possibly...not sure if I want to do this because how sensitive the questions are) in a parenting group based in a women's and family shelter. Has anyone had experience with discussing trauma and adverse childhood experiences, especially with trauma impacted adults? Recommended activities, including videos? Do you think the TEDtalk of Nadine Burke Harris would be too much? I do have a great video...

Are Doctors the Key to Ending Philly Gun Violence? [phillymag.com]

The sunlight and the tease of perfectly mild weather lured Nikki Jones and her son out of their low-slung West Philadelphia rowhouse on March 23rd. Jones planted herself on her porch. Nasir , 14, was right by her side. It was late in the afternoon, and the temperature had edged into the 70s. All of the kids in the neighborhood were running around outside, but Nasir didn’t budge. Jones is the kind of mother who worries about of all of the things that can go wrong once her son leaves her line...

The connection between trauma and the dropout crisis [The Philadelphia Public School Notebook]

When reflecting on the factors that derailed them academically, Quad’ir Ford and Nalik Lark-Hightower didn’t mention living in poverty or exposure to trauma as factors. But experts have said that these two distinct yet intertwined conditions in children’s lives can go far in explaining the root cause of the dropout crisis. “Trauma is not a singular event; neither is poverty,” said Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend, executive director of the Philadelphia Youth Network and co-chair of Project U-Turn.

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