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October 2020

San Diego Trauma-Informed Guide Team: Learning Exchange: Membership & Visitor Meeting

A VIETNAMESE-BILINGUAL AND BI-CULTURAL MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST IN THE GREATER SAN DIEGO AREA. SHE IS A CERTIFIED TRAUMA-FOCUSED COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY THERAPIST. SHE’S CURRENTLY THE PROGRAM MANAGER WITH MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEMS,. INC. SERVING ADULT AND OLDER ADULT (AOA) INDIVIDUALS WITH SEVERE MENTAL ILLNESS (SMI). PRESENTING ON HOW TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE COULD BE PROVIDED THROUGH A CULTURAL LENS, WHERE WE WOULD EXAMINE OUR OWN CULTURAL SELF-IDENTIFY AND ITS IMPACT ON OUR CULTURAL...

Students work with Poway Unified to fix racism in schools (sandiegouniontribune.com)

In June teenage sisters Nene and Ekene Okolo started an Instagram account called Black in PUSD , where they invited Poway Unified students and alumni of color to share what it was like for them at school. They received 1,200 anonymous submissions, most describing racist incidents Black, Latino and Asian students had endured, including racial slurs and assumptions based on stereotypes. The Black in PUSD account helped spur an anti-racism movement in Poway Unified, which has acknowledged that...

A Better Normal Community Discussion - Reimagining Health Care

In a conversational style, join physician Drew Factor who will speak with Dr. Tracy Gaudet, Liza Guroff and An é Watts in a discussion entitled "Reimagining Health Care". Dr. Gaudet will speak about her experience engaging in transformational change at the Veterans Administration and how this has shaped the development of her own Functional Medicine Institute , while Ms. Guroff and Ms. Watts will speak about their knowledge of a Trauma-Informed Approach both at a systems (National Council...

Hope and Progress, No Matter What! — an ACEs Connection/Cambia Health Foundation “Better Normal”, Oct. 22, 2020

The election is upon us. In two short weeks, we voters in this country decide who will lead us for the next four years. We have the opportunity to embrace — as a national priority — the tenets of understanding, nurturing and healing that underlie the science of adverse childhood experiences and move in a direction that embraces cultural and racial equity and anti-racism. Or not. What is clear is that no matter what, the ACEs movement will continue.

Fentanyl Warning in San Diego County (hhsa.livewellsd.org)

Please disseminate the attached information: As you may already be aware, San Diego County is currently experiencing a marked increase in deadly drug overdoses from fentanyl which is often being marketed to substance users as other drugs, including prescription oxycodone (blue pills), cocaine and methamphetamine. Attached are informational flyers about fentanyl and a public awareness campaign that will be coming out soon. It is important that all substance users and potential substance users...

San Diego Unified School District Changes Grading System to ‘Combat Racism' (nbcsandiego.com)

Students will no longer be graded based on a yearly average, or on how late they turn in assignments. Those are just some of the major grading changes approved this week by California's second-largest school district. The San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) is overhauling the way it grades students. Board members say the changes are part of a larger effort to combat racism. “This is part of our honest reckoning as a school district,” says SDUSD Vice President Richard Barrera. “If we’re...

Leaders in diversity, inclusion honored for contributions to San Diego’s communities (sandiegouniontribune.com)

Local leaders and organizations in San Diego dedicated to serving some of the most vulnerable and under-served communities were recognized for their contributions Monday during RISE San Diego’s fourth annual awards ceremony. RISE San Diego, which creates leadership opportunities for diverse individuals in San Diego, distributed seven Inclusive Leadership in Action Awards during an online presentation, instead of an in-person event at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center dining hall. The Mothers with...

Monica Bhagwan with Guy McPherson (www.thetraumatherapistproject.com)

Monica Bhagwan was interview by Guy McPherson of The Trauma Therapist Podcast. Here's a description of this episode. To read the rest of this introduction and to check out the interview of Monica Bhagwan by Guy McPherson, please go this hyperlink. Please know that Monica Bhagwan along with Adrienne Markworth are Community Managers of the ACEs and Nourishment community right here on ACEs Connection. We are proud of the work of our community members and managers.

Introducing 'A Better Normal': Real Talk With Rafael! October 16, 2020, 12pm PDT

Real Talk with Rafael is joining the A Better Normal (ABN) webinar series. Real Talk with Rafael i s designed to give the ACEs Connection community and guests an opportunity to have a safe space to talk about issues around the intersections of race, identity, and toxic stress. For those of you who attended the ABN “Episode 32: Reinterpreting American Identity, A Community Discussion” , you’ll recognize that Real Talk with Rafael is very similar, and will continue these conversations over...

Govenor Newsom Signs Brady's Bills into Law (ca.bradyunited.org)

We just received word that Governor Newsom signed microstamping bill, AB 2847! We'd like to thank Assembly Members Chiu & Gabriel, and coauthoring Assembly Members Bauer-Kahan, Gipson, Gloria, Muratsuchi, M. Stone, Ting, and Wicks. We'd also like to thank coauthoring Senators Jackson & Wiener, and of course, Governor Newsom. Congratulations to the thousands of Brady supporters who helped steward this lifesaving bill through the state legislature and onto the governor's desk. Your...

La Jolla pediatric office to pilot new childhood trauma screening, citing importance during COVID-19 [lajollalight.com]

By Ashley Mackin-Solomon, La Jolla Light, September 28, 2020 A La Jolla pediatric office is one of a select few to pilot a new screening and treatment program for adverse childhood experiences, known as ACEs, as a way to lessen the possible long-term negative health effects associated with them. Through an initiative known as ACEs Aware, a first-of-its-kind effort led by the California surgeon general’s office and the Department of Health Care Services to cut ACEs and related stress in half...

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