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February 2020

'A Source of Hope': Oklahoma Teachers Learn Impact of Childhood Trauma at State Summit [oklahoman.com]

By Nuria Martinez-Keel, The Oklahoman, February 17, 2020 Thousands of educators gathered in the Cox Convention Center on Monday and eagerly stared at a model of a brain. With 86 billion neurons firing, the brain is a “miracle of complexity,” Dr. Bruce Perry said as he showed the image on a screen. The impact of childhood trauma is similarly intricate. The renowned psychiatrist and child trauma expert spoke to an arena full of teachers, school counselors and nonprofit workers for the Oklahoma...

Column -- For the Children: Mayors Back OICA on ACEs; Healthcare on Lawmakers' Agendas [duncanbanner.com]

By Joe Dorman, The Duncan Banner, February 15, 2020 Now that the 2020 session of the Oklahoma Legislature is underway, we have a better idea of measures we as child advocates must support and those about which we must be cautious. Normally there are 149 lawmakers, 101 state representatives and 48 state senators. There are currently two vacancies, one in the House of Representatives and one in the Senate. The 147 left were busy, filing 2,243 new bills for this year. Combined with the those...

Martinez-Keel: 'A source of hope': Oklahoma teachers learn impact of child trauma at state summit

Thousands of educators gathered in the Cox Convention Center on Monday and eagerly stared at a model of a brain. With 86 billion neurons firing, the brain is a “miracle of complexity,” Dr. Bruce Perry said as he showed the image on a screen. The impact of childhood trauma is similarly intricate. The renowned psychiatrist and child trauma expert spoke to an arena full of teachers, school counselors and nonprofit workers for the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s third-annual trauma...

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...

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...

Berry: Virtue Center earns grant

As part of their newest social innovation initiative, United Way of Norman awarded $7,420 Thursday night to The Virtue Center for their Move Through Recovery program. The Virtue Center was one of four finalists chosen to present its program to a panel of seven judges. Norman's United Way President and CEO Daren Wilson said the goal of the "Launch" was to be creative in helping change the community in positive ways. Every community needs to be out-of-the-box thinkers, and the 'Launch' gives...

Oklahoma First Lady Stitt to provide resilience workshop at Northwestern

Alva and Northwestern Oklahoma State University will host Oklahoma's First Lady Sarah Stitt on Feb. 13 at an event designed to educate community members about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE). Stitt and her office have joined forces with the Potts Family Foundation, Northwestern and Northwest Family Services to present a film screening and panel discussion on this important topic. The documentary film "Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope" will be shown at 11 a.m. in...

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