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April 2020

San Diego County Trauma-Informed Guide Team Membership Meeting on 5.1.20 from 12.15 pm - 2:00 pm

SD-TIGT MEMBERSHIP MEETING AGENDA Noon Networking 12:15 pm – 12:30 pm Meeting 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm May 1, 2020 Location: Virtual Zoom meeting Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/266467279 Call mobile (669)900 9128 Meeting ID: 266 467 279 I. Welcome: Networking Introductions During COVID-19 (Name and Organization) (12:15 - 12:25) - Co-Chairs Dana Brown and Kat Alexande * Celebrate New Members II. New Sign-In Process: Use above QR Code (12:25 - 12:30) - Co-Chair Kat Alexander III. Update on...

Alive and Well: Moving Missouri Toward Grass-Roots and System-Wide Change

On the eastern edge of Missouri, leaders of the Alive and Well network had generated a robust media campaign to help people understand the impact of trauma and toxic stress on health and well-being. There was a monthly column in an African-American newspaper, spots about toxic stress and resilience on urban radio stations and weekly public service features on the NBC affiliate, with physicians, clergy and teachers advocating ways to “be alive and well.” Two hundred and fifty miles to the...

What We Can Learn About Resilience from Indigenous Leaders (calhealthreport.org)

Germaine Omish-Lucero’s ancestors were taken from their homes and forced to build California’s Mission San Luis Rey de Francia—a mission in what is now Oceanside—about 200 years ago. There, they were exposed to diseases such as measles, to which they had no immunity. Thousands died—and there is no escaping this tragic piece of California history. Yet Omish-Lucero, her children, and the children in her tribe stand. Despite inequities that continue to this day, the Rincon Band of Luiseno...

Next "A Better Normal" community discussion series: Tuesday, April 28, 2020 — Health equity and historical trauma

There are two "Better Normal" community discussions this week, on Tuesday and on Thursday. On Tuesday, Ingrid Cockhren, ACEs Connection community facilitator and DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) expert returns to continue the discussing health equity during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Thursday, Lara Kain will lead another education "Better Normal".

Launching a Revolution (Harvard Public Health)

"Ultimately, she wants all primary care—for both children and adults—to be “trauma-informed care.” “One basic of trauma-informed care is having the entire clinical team trained to support patient safety, confidentiality, and privacy, in order to avoid triggering or retraumatizing patients. Another basic is supporting and connecting patients and families to resources. And another is understanding the principles of self-care,” she says. Ideally, every pediatric or primary-care practice would...

Now Is the Perfect Time to Take Up At-Home Yoga (InStyle)

"Abby Vernon, an instructor for YogaSix in San Diego and an expert in trauma-informed yoga, has seen time and again the ways that yoga can help process traumatic experiences. “Trauma tends to keep people trapped in their survival responses of fight, flight or freeze,” she says. Because yoga calls us to focus on the present and our own bodies, it encourages students to tune into their moment-by-moment experiences instead of ruminating on the past. “Rather than working from the top-down,...

'RVs 4 MDs' giving San Diego doctors a safe place to stay during coronavirus pandemic (cbs8.com)

The nationwide movement to give health care workers a safe place to stay is also helping San Diegans on the front lines fighting the coronavirus. RVS 4 MDS matches recreational vehicle owners with medical workers in hopes of minimizing exposure and the chances of bringing the virus into their home. “I don't even have the words for all the family and friends that have reached out to see how they can help us, go grocery shopping for us. Now we have this extra shelter in place to try and...

After COVID-19 Let's Build Back Better (Yahoo! Finance)

" Trauma-informed practices must become the standard. Many students and teachers are feeling the stress and grief from COVID-19. Even before this pandemic, schools primarily treated the behaviors associated with grief as discipline cases. When youth and adults act out in grief, with short tempers or by becoming withdrawn, we need leaders and counselors to recognize grief and respond through trauma-informed practices. In this crisis, we are seeing a warming of empathy and compassion in our...

Meet Nadine Burke Harris, California’s first-ever surgeon general (Face2Face Africa)

"The 43-year-old Jamaican American raised in Palo Alto is on a national mission following her appointment to develop “trauma-sensitive and trauma-informed” education programs that she hopes will lead to changes in school policies. Harris’ ultimate focus is to improve the health of children exposed to toxic stress and trauma early in life, demanding that there are universal stress screenings for all children as part of their regular physical exams." To read more of Mohammed Awal's article,...

Commentary: Why so many black Americans are dying from COVID-19 and how to make health care equitable (sandiegouniontribune.com)

Evidence suggests that during the early phase of the coronavirus pandemic, blacks are suffering the greatest death rates compared to all other ethnic groups. Why? I can assure you that the coronavirus does not discriminate based upon skin color or ethnicity. Instead, it has a predilection for populations with the highest rates of chronic diseases, poor access to health care and too little information from trusted sources. For decades, the National Medical Association — which represents more...

Editorial: Three things California must do for successful K-12 distance learning during coronavirus crisis (sandiegouniontribune.com)

The decision by districts across California to shut K-12 schools last month to slow the spread of coronavirus remains a smart and practical move that aligned with other “social distancing” measures to keep virus deaths at a lower level than in other states — and to allow health-care providers more time to prepare for a projected onslaught of patients. But besides managing the public health crisis, leaders in San Diego and statewide also face another huge challenge: the need to make online...

Crisis Response Can Lead to Lasting Transformation (bettercareplaybook.org)

By Bruce Chernof, MD, President and CEO, The SCAN Foundation k Unprecedented times call for unprecedented action, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been quick to respond. In the last few weeks, CMS has issued an array of waivers and rules creating new flexibilities that allow health systems to respond to the growing challenges brought forth by COVID-19. These new flexibilities allow health systems to build off current capacities tested in recent years, as well as...

Coronavirus: First look at California's hospitalization data [mercurynews.com]

By Emily Deruy, Bay Area News Group, April 2, 2020 Santa Clara County trails San Diego and Los Angeles counties when it comes to the number of confirmed coronavirus patients who have been hospitalized. That’s according to a new searchable dashboard from the state , which offers a first look at how intensely COVID-19 is hitting hospitals in counties across the state. As of Wednesday, hospitals reported a total of 1,855 patients confirmed to have the virus. Los Angeles County, by far the...

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