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The Refugee-Led Coalition Creating Collective Care (yesmagazine.org)

Already facing health and education gaps, refugees in San Diego banded together during the pandemic to define their own challenges and create their own solutions. Jama Ahmed Mohamed was 2 years old when his family fled the civil war in Mogadishu, Somalia, and escaped to a refugee camp in Kenya. This became his precarious home, where his family faced alienation and violence as displaced outsiders in the borderlands of two countries. “There’s this feeling of never being settled. …We would...

Meeting Parents and Caregivers at Their Aspirations (rwjf.org)

We can begin by truly listening to parents and caregivers, and building from their wisdom. To help achieve this understanding, over the last 18 months, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) commissioned in-depth research with parents and caregivers to learn about the aspirations they have for their children, the challenges they face, and the factors that help them thrive. What makes this research unique is an intentional focus on parents and caregivers of different racial and ethnic...

Virtual Farm to School Series for students 6th - 12th grade on 5.17.21 - 5.28.21

We have a wonderful opportunity for youth to participate in a virtual Farm to School Series at the end of the month please sign-up the youth you work with, share with your children and school connections . CHIP’s Farm to Institution Center will be hosting the “ Farm to School Virtual Advocacy Series ” on 5/17/21 – 5/28/21. This series is a fun, unique, and flexible enrichment opportunity for ANY students grades 6 th – 12 th within the following school districts: Cajon Valley Union, Escondido...

What Purpose Does a Border Serve? (yesmagazine.org)

At a time when migration across the U.S.’s southern border continues to grow and a new administration looks for different solutions, Todd Miller’s fourth book, Build Bridges, Not Walls: A Journey to a World Without Borders , seeks to reframe the issue. The book makes clear that our border “problem” is endemic, transcending whichever party is in power. But rather than pointing the finger at migrants or even individual decision-makers, Miller takes aim at the border apparatus itself: a relic...

Early Childhood Health Equity Landscape Project (childtrends.org)

Early Childhood Health Equity (ECHE) work strengthen s early childhood systems to support healthy child development and reduce health inequities that can have a lifelong impact. T o help policymakers, advocates, communities, and familie s understand efforts to improve health equity and the well-being of children and families , t he Early Childhood Health Equity Initiative Explorer presents information about 143 cross -sector initiatives that aim to advance health equity for young children...

ZERO TO THREE Releases State of Babies Yearbook: 2021

By Cody Uhing, First Five Years Fund, April 26, 2021 ZERO TO THREE released the State of Babies Yearbook: 2021 , an in-depth report on how state and federal policies and the COVID-19 pandemic impact the lives of families and their young babies. Looking at every state and the District of Columbia, the report, supplemented by data from the Rapid Assessment of Pandemic Impact on Development Early Childhood (RAPID-EC) Household Survey , shows that even before the pandemic families with young...

Free Mindfulness Apps Worthy of Your Attention (mindful.org)

There’s no shortage of mindfulness and meditation apps these days, promising to help you combat anxiety, sleep better , hone your focus, and more. In fact, the Wall Street Journal reports that more than 2,000 new meditation apps launched between 2015 and 2018, and offerings have only increased as a result of higher demand during the pandemic—according to the New York Times , mindfulness apps surged in 2020. We took the overwhelm out of finding the most valuable and easy-to-use mindfulness...

Addressing Child Poverty Beyond the Pandemic (yesmagazine.org)

The Biden administration’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan is a complex legislative prescription for the economic hardship COVID-19 has inflicted on families like Shawn’s. The plan aims to affect a massive economic recovery by putting more money into the hands of more Americans in need . The Center on Social Policy at Columbia University has estimated that the American Rescue Plan will cut the child poverty rate by as much as 56% this year, which would affect children of all races. The...

San Diego Trauma-Informed Guide Team Membership / Visitor Meeting 5.7.21

I. Networking (12:15 - 12:30) II. Welcome (12:30 pm - 12:35 pm) - Chairs Dana Brown and Linda Ketterer * Type Name/Organization/Role in Chat Box * Celebrate New Members (2nd Membership Meeting) III. Grounding Activity (12:35 pm - 12:40 pm) IV. Communication Committee Support (12:40 pm - 12:41 pm) V. SDTIGT YouTube Channel (12.41 pm - 12:45 pm) San Diego Trauma-Informed Guide Team - YouTube VI. Presentation: Unite US (12:45 pm - 1:35 pm) Dr. Eric Hazzard and Moira Kenney VII. San Diego County...

Report: Number of new homeless people in county doubled in 2020 (sandiegouniontribune.com)

The number of people who became homeless for the first time more than doubled last year, a possible result of the pandemic and a concerning trend that could worsen when eviction moratoriums and rental assistance programs end. In its Homeless Crisis Response System report from 2020, the Regional Task Force on the Homeless found the number of first-time homeless people in the county increased from 2,326 in 2019 to 4,152 in 2020, a 79 percent jump. The previous year saw a 6 percent decrease...

What Grief Feels Like During COVID-19 (greatergood.berkeley.edu)

It’s natural and desirable to grieve in the wake of so much death and deprivation. But what is grief? Is it another word for sadness? How do we work through it? And what are we working toward, when we grieve? The difference between sadness and grief While related, sadness and grief are functionally quite different. Sadness is an emotion—and like all emotions we feel it in brief episodes. Moments of truly profound sadness last only minutes at a time. Sadness leads to decreased physiological...

Researchers cast light on science behind trauma of domestic violence (centerforhealthjournalism.org)

There has been a growing awareness in recent years that traumatic events can rewire minds and bodies in all sorts of ways that corrode health and shorten life spans. While much of the journalistic coverage of these themes over the past decade has focused on early childhood, two speakers at the Center for Health Journalism’s 2021 Domestic Violence Symposium recently walked reporters through some of the science of the trauma caused by domestic violence, with the goal of spurring deeper...

Mother Nature’s Buffer Against Adverse Childhood Experiences

Earth Day has blossomed into a month-long celebration in April focusing on getting outdoors, appreciating nature and coming together as a community all of which are important in our work as ACEs Aware grantees. Recently, “spending time in nature” was added to the list of ways to practice self-care in relation to Adverse Childhood Experiences. The idea behind the self-care practices is to regulate an overactive stress response which can be heightened due to exposure to ACEs and lead to toxic...

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