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San Mateo County ACEs Connection is a community for all who are invested in creating a trauma-informed and resilient San Mateo County. This is a space to share resources, information, successes, and challenges related to addressing trauma and building resiliency, particularly in young children and their families.

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Healing the Whole Family [nytimes.com]

My parents wanted a better life for me, but they didn’t know that the scars of their own childhood traumas could still cause pain. By Grace Chiang, Sept. 22, 2020 The night I submitted my college applications, I lay in bed and stared out my window for hours. I prayed to the moon that I would die soon. On paper, I looked perfect (at least to the adults who told me so): a perfect SAT score in one try, three perfect SAT II subject tests, 10 perfect AP tests, recipient of national awards,...

New approach to mental health crises in San Mateo County [smdailyjournal.com]

County planning embedded clinicians for emergency responses By Zachary Clark Daily Journal staff Three San Mateo County police departments this year are expected to enter into a pilot program aimed at enhancing their response to mental health crises. The program will embed a full-time licensed mental health clinician within the San Mateo, South San Francisco and Redwood City police departments — there will likely be a total of four clinicians between the three cities — to respond along with...

SF announces pilot program to provide basic income to pregnant Black and Pacific Islander women [sfgate.com]

By Tessa McLean , SFGATE Updated 3:30 pm PDT, Wednesday, September 16, 2020 Mayor London Breed announced today the launch of a new pilot program that will provide a basic income to Black and Pacific Islander women during pregnancy and after giving birth. The 150 women chosen will receive a monthly income supplement of $1,000 for the duration of their pregnancy and for the first six months of their baby’s life, with the goal of eventually providing a supplement for up to two years...

Grand jury slams San Mateo County for letting private defender program languish while boosting DA’s budget [mercurynews.com]

By ALDO TOLEDO | atoledo@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: September 21, 2020 at 3:54 p.m. | UPDATED: September 21, 2020 at 3:55 p.m. REDWOOD CITY — San Mateo County has been spending a lot more money to prosecute suspected criminals than to defend them, according to a San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury report. To even the playing field, the grand jury is recommending that the county thoroughly review the program’s effectiveness with an eye toward bolstering its budget or...

ACEs & Trauma-Informed Pediatric Care in COVID-19 [ucsfbenioffchildrens.org]

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Portal & Center for Child & Community Health Register now and be eligible for 5 hours of AMA Category 1 CME credit and ABP MOC Part 2 credit. Saturday, October 10, 2020 8am - 3:30 pm Recognizing & Addressing Childhood Trauma - Dayna Long MD Trauma-Informed Care Principles in COVID-19 - Saun-Toy Trotter MFT & Ken Epstein LCSW, PhD Patient Perspective - Jen Leland MFT & Joan Jeung MD Early Adopters Discuss...

SAVE THE DATE! ACEs Aware September Webinar: Assessing Readiness & Building Resilience in the Clinical Workforce [acesaware.org]

SAVE THE DATE - SEPTEMBER 2020 WEBINAR "Assessing Readiness & Building Resilience in the Clinical Workforce: A Foundation for ACE Screening Integration" Wednesday, September 30, 2020 Noon – 1 p.m. Register for the Webinar Presenters will: Define workforce resilience and trauma-informed principles and review resources and tools, including tips for reducing staff stress and burnout. Share examples and lessons learned about assessing staff readiness and building infrastructure. Offer...

Trauma-informed Leadership in Times of Crisis [gethealthysmc.org]

Over 100 Community Collaboration for Children’s Success (CCCS) partners participated in a Trauma-Informed Leadership Training hosted by Trauma Transformed on August 24 to learn how to bring a trauma-informed approach to their leadership during this COVID-19 crisis in order to support their communities and staff. Partners engaged with the four phases of a pandemic and applying the 5C’s to leadership in the pandemic response phase. To learn more, please contact Francesca Osuna, Training...

How Health Departments Can Address Police Violence As a Public Health Issue [humanimpact.org]

September 2020 The health impacts of policing and incarceration are well documented. On average, 1,000 people are killed by police in the US each year, with Black and Indigenous people being 2 to 3 times more likely to be killed by police than White people. Even in the absence of physical violence, stops by police — or the constant threat of stops by police — are associated with adverse mental health outcomes , including anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder, especially for...

How to Avoid Doing Harm When You Discuss Race at Work [greatergood.berkeley.edu]

Race dialogues at work have the potential to leave minority employees feeling distressed, exhausted, or dismissed. BY SHANNA B. TIAYON | SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 The year 2020 has been a rough one, especially for Black Americans. The global coronavirus pandemic’s disproportional impact , combined with multiple police murders of unarmed Black people, cast a brighter light on systemic racism in the United States. In many instances, the killings were caught on phones and the images repeatedly...

What does child opportunity look like in your metro? [diversitydatakids.org]

By Nick Huntington , Mikyung Baek 12.17.2019 Child Opportunity Index maps for the 100 largest metropolitan areas are avail­able below. You can explore the geography of child opportunity within a metro and where children of different racial/ethnic groups live in relation to opportunity. Use the pull down menu below the map to select a metro area. The small areas in the map represent all neighbor­hoods (census tracts) in that metro. Each neighborhood is shaded a color ranging from very light...

Artwork Downloads from The Gifts of Imperfection [brenebrown.com]

From BreneBrown.com: The Gifts of Imperfection launched our wholehearted community. To share our gratitude and celebrate the 10 th anniversary of the book, here are some of our favorite quotes and downloads for you to share or print. You are welcome to reproduce and enlarge as posters for use in your home, workplace, classrooms, hallways, etc. They may not be sold for commercial gain, but you can certainly share them with your friends and co-workers! [Click here to more different prints and ...

Racial Equity and Health [gethealthysmc.org]

Racial equity, and social equity more broadly, have become critical conversations for jurisdictions across the United States and locally. Numerous data points indicate inequitable outcomes for people of color across a spectrum of indicators of health and prosperity. These numbers demonstrate the deep challenges that people of color face in their daily lives and have for generations. The racial inequities we see today were not created over months, but decades and centuries. COVID-19 and the...

Expansion of School-Based Health Services in California: An Opportunity for More Trauma-Informed Care for Children

Expansion of School-Based Health Services in California: An Opportunity for More Trauma-Informed Care for Children , is a paper that describes a new opportunity for California to leverage federal funding to provide physical, mental, and behavioral health services in schools to Medicaid-enrolled students experiencing trauma and violence. It explains a newly approved Medicaid State Plan Amendment (SPA) that allows school districts – known as local education agencies (LEAs) – to access more...

Mental Health, Substance Use, and Suicidal Ideation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

From San Mateo County Health: Adults reported considerably elevated adverse mental health conditions associated with COVID-19 from June 24 - 30, 2020. Younger adults, racial/ethnic minorities, essential workers, and unpaid adult caregivers reported having experienced disproportionately worse mental health outcomes, increased substance use, and elevated suicidal ideation. For resources to help please go to https://www.smchealth.org/services-mental-health-substance-use See CDC Morbidity and...

The Pandemic Is a ‘Mental Health Crisis’ for Parents [nytimes.com]

New studies show caregivers with young children are stressed, with no signs of relief on the horizon. By Jessica Grose Sept. 9, 2020 Updated 3:24 p.m. ET Paige Posladek is pregnant, and stressed. She has two children , ages 2 and 4, works part time as a copywriter, and has seen a therapist on and off for several years to help her deal with the loneliness and loss of identity that can come with being a new mom. Before the pandemic, Posladek, who lives in Kansas City, Mo., felt she had figured...

Nonprofit and philanthropy and our bad habit of “both-siding” inequity and injustice [nonprofitaf.com]

Posted on August 31, 2020 by Vu Happy Monday, everyone, or as happy as it can be given that it’s 2020 and we’re all likely in a computer simulation run by a sadistic toddler. An announcement before we begin today’s serious post: The Community-Centric Fundraising (CCF) Slack community is growing and now has over 800 members. People are connecting to one another and starting to form local CCF groups across the world. So join , and I hope to see you there! Speaking of CCF , since the launch of...

SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH 2020 [smchealth.org]

Hosted by the Office of Diversity and Equity . September is Suicide Prevention Month (SPM), which includes National Suicide Prevention Week (September 6-12, 2020) and World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10). SPM aims to empower everyone in the community to prevent suicide. For 2020, San Mateo County, Star Vista and partners are promoting the theme of “Stronger Together.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms that studies show that connectedness is overall an...

CALIFORNIA ACES ACADEMY: Parental ACEs and Pediatrics: Transforming Well Care [avahealth.org]

CALIFORNIA ACES ACADEMY (CAA) , funded by ACEs Aware, is providing free online training to Medi-Cal providers and others featuring: Practical strategies for integrating trauma-informed health care into your team’s practice that improves patients’ well being and the productivity of your practice. Meet colleagues with experience and success providing trauma-informed health care in their practices. Learn from national and local experts. Talk to other professionals from your region in small...

One in Five Californians Know Someone Who Died of COVID-19 [kqed.org]

Nina Sparling Sep 3 Nearly 20% of Californians know someone who has died of COVID-19, a rate that’s significantly higher for people of color and low-income residents, according to a new poll from the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF). Among respondents, 10% of White people reported knowing someone who had died of the virus, while that rate rose to 29% for Latinx people, 28% for African Americans and 19% for Asian Americans. Meanwhile, 26% of low-income respondents of all races said...

Let’s talk to our kids about suicide prevention [medium.com]

Narges Zohoury Dillon Sep 2 Parents’ role in suicide prevention is on my mind a lot this year with parents taking on the added responsibility of educator as many schools start remotely. Remote education means reduced access to the professional support resources schools offer which is particularly hard at this time of increased stress and mental health challenges for students and families alike. I have pictured talking to my own daughter about the topic of suicide more times than I can count.

HOW LABELING BOOKS AS “DIVERSE” REINFORCES WHITE SUPREMACY [leeandlow.com]

In this guest post, librarian Alexandria Brown discusses the issues with labeling books as “diverse” and other ways we can build and promote a more equitable library collection. Every so often, the question of whether or not to add a spine label designating “diverse” books makes the rounds. Many condemn the practice, but lots of library staff persist in labeling. Like most diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) issues in librarianship, many of my colleagues are still operating within a white...

Introducing the Transform Trauma with ACEs Science Film Festival & Follow-Up Discussions

Transform Trauma with ACEs Sciences Film Festival & Follow-Up Discussions The following weekend watch parties and follow-up discussions are co-hosted by ACEs Connection, The Relentless School Nurse , and The Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy & Practice (CTIPP) . We appreciated the filmmakers for making these films free to watch for our members and for the public programming of PBS. The films we’ll feature are as follows: Portraits of Professional Caregivers Whole People Part 1...

Resilient Beginnings Network grants, applications due Sept 18, 2020

I hope everyone is okay after this terrible week of wildfires and we send our support. I also wanted to mention an ACEs and resilience grant program that Sonoma County clinics and safety net organizations are invited to apply to-- the Resilient Beginnings Network -- for grants of $120,000 . The deadline is September 18 , and I'm attaching the program/application form if anyone is interested. https://www.careinnovations.org/rbn-2020/ Thanks, Diana Hembree, Center for Care Innovations...

Infant Feeding During COVID: Strategic Planning for Pregnancy, Postpartum and Beyond [ucsf.edu]

Nationally, Black women have the lowest rates of breastfeeding initiation in comparison to any other racial/ethnic groups. Black babies are dying at twice the rate of White babies and according to the CDC, increasing breastfeeding among Black women can decrease infant mortality rates up to 50 percent. In honor of Black Breastfeeding Week (August 25th – 31st), we partnered with the BreastFriends Mommy Group in West Oakland to explore why these rates look different for Black women and...

‘Trauma on top of trauma’: Bay Area students under stress from pandemic face wildfire risks [sfchronicle.com]

By Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle, August 25, 2020 Students in the Bonny Doon school district had been back in class — virtually — for two days before the wildfires forced them to evacuate, many fleeing for their lives in the middle of the night Wednesday. Teachers and students lost homes to the powerful wildfires raging through the charming, wooded town in the Santa Cruz Mountains. School had just started, but now Superintendent Mike Heffner, who is also the principal of the...

COMMUNITY LISTENING SESSIONS AROUND ADDRESSING ACES [catalyst-center.org]

In the month of August 2020 , the Catalyst invites community-based providers and allied professionals to engage in generative dialogue about what this journey means and how to actualize this change – for a community to build a movement around a child, family, or individual once an ACE is identified – defining how we as a collective choose resilience as our pathway to healing. From these listening sessions , Catalyst staff will ask providers about their lived experiences as those at the...

Black newborns more likely to die when looked after by White doctors [cnn.com]

By Rob Picheta , CNN Updated 4:40 AM ET, Thu August 20, 2020 Black newborn babies in the United States are more likely to survive childbirth if they are cared for by Black doctors, but three times more likely than White Babies to die when looked after by White doctors, a study has found. The mortality rate of Black newborns in hospital shrunk by between 39% and 58% when Black physicians took charge of the birth, according to the research, which laid bare how shocking racial disparities in...

Upcoming 4CA Webinar on 8/27/20: The Impacts of COVID-19 on California’s Children, Families, and Communities

The California Campaign to Counter Childhood Adversity (4CA) invites your participation in an upcoming 1.5 hour interactive webinar entitled “ The Impacts of COVID-19 on California’s Children, Families, and Communities ” on August 27, 2020, from 1:30 PM – 3:00 PST that will explore the economic impacts of COVID-19 and how it has affected, and continues to affect, California communities. Featuring a panel of experts, Dr. Flojaune Cofer, Public Health Advocates, All Children Thrive, California...

Addressing Social Determinants of Health through Cross-Sector Collaboration [healthequity.berkeley.edu]

From Addressing Social Determinants of Health through Cross-Sector Collaboration, UC Berkeley, August 2020 Irán Barrera, PhD., LCSW is a professor of Social Work at the Department of Social Work Education (DSWE) at Fresno State (College of Health and Human Services). Professor Barrera is examining the impact of a six-week parent child engagement intervention using a coloring book focused on educating families about the impact of ACEs on child development. Strikeout Toxic Stress! is designed...

CALIFORNIA ACES ACADEMY (CAA), funded by ACEs Aware, is providing free online training to Medi-Cal providers and others [avahealth.org]

From CALIFORNIA ACES ACADEMY, Academy on Violence & Abuse, August, 2020 CALIFORNIA ACES ACADEMY (CAA) , funded by ACEs Aware , is providing free online training to Medi-Cal providers and others featuring: · Practical strategies for integrating trauma-informed health care into your team’s practice that improves patients’ well being and the productivity of your practice. · Meet colleagues with experience and success providing trauma-informed health care in their practices. · Learn from...

COVID-19 Black initiative delivers call to action in San Francisco Bay Area

As the COVID-19 pandemic began its devastating sweep through African American communities in April, Andre Chapman, CEO of the San Jose, California-based Unity Care , saw a glaring need for developing a COVID-19 prevention campaign that spoke directly to African Americans. “Many of our young folks and families really didn't understand the impact of this virus, nor did they believe much of the information that was coming through the media,” says Chapman. His organization provides housing and...

SAVE THE DATE - AUGUST WEBINAR "Regulating the Stress Response for Kids: Practical Tips for Primary Care Providers" [acesaware.org]

SAVE THE DATE - AUGUST WEBINAR "Regulating the Stress Response for Kids: Practical Tips for Primary Care Providers" Wednesday, August 26, 2020 Noon – 1 p.m. Register for the Webinar This webinar will offer practical tips and examples on how providers can incorporate stress regulation strategies into their treatment planning for pediatric patients. Presenters will: Share definitions, research, and the clinical response to address toxic stress through stress regulation strategies. Review the...

Magical Bridge Kindness Kits @ Home [magicalbridge.org]

Thank you for your interest in Magical Bridge Kindness Kits! Magical Bridge Foundation knows that when people of all ages, abilities, and disabilities come together and play on the playground something special happens. We want to bring a little of that magic into your home. In partnership with Changing Perspectives , we are thrilled to provide parents and caregivers with free opportunities for teaching kindness and empathy through short and sweet activities that can be done with common...

The "Racism is a Virus" Toolkit [acttochange.org]

The following toolkit below is one of two projects done in collaboration with the 2020 Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership ( CAPAL ) scholars and interns cohort. The Community Action P roject (CAP) aims to give back and address issues facing the AANHPI community. This graphic-style toolkit was created to complement the social media campaign to address the rise of racism and xenophobia in the face of COVID-19. It also provides concrete resources for AANHPI youth and a starting...

How to Stay Physically, but Not Emotionally, Distant with Kindergarten and Pre-K Students [kqed.org]

Suzanne Bouffard Aug 4 If this were a normal summer, Katy Phinney and her colleagues would be organizing their Pre-K classrooms for the new school year, choosing classroom themes and wall décor. Instead, Phinney is worried about what Pre-K will look like if and when students return to classrooms. “My biggest concern is teachers needing to balance the importance of safety procedures with creating a welcoming and loving environment for our students,” says Phinney, the Pre-K program director in...

Anti-Asian and anti-Black racial housing covenants can still be found in the Bay Area. Why? [sfchronicle.com]

Justin Phillips July 22, 2020 If Joanna Chin hadn’t paused to look closely at the outdated document of covenants and restrictions for the Lafayette house her family was interested in buying, she never would have known that, years ago, neither her husband nor her daughter would have been able to live on the property with her. Joanna is white, and her husband is of Chinese descent. They also have a biracial 1-year-old daughter. According to a covenant created decades ago for the property, “no...

Childhood trauma can speed biological aging [news.harvard.edu]

Psychologists find violence and trauma in childhood accelerate puberty Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite, Harvard Staff Writer August 3, 2020 Experiencing adversity early in life has a direct effect on a person’s mental and physical health as they grow, and certain kinds of trauma can affect the pace of aging, according to new Harvard research. In addition to being risk factors for anxiety, depression, and stress, early life experiences like poverty, neglect, and violence are powerful predictors...

Budget Equity Tools

From Get Healthy San Mateo County: The combination of the public health crisis and economic downturn has put significant strains on local jurisdictions’ budgets. These challenges have also brought to the forefront and exacerbated existing inequities among different races and ethnicities in our community, carrying disproportionate impacts for Blacks, Pacific Islander and Latinx residents. As jurisdictions continue to face challenges caused by COVID-19 and the economic recession, there is a...

Embedding Equity into Emergency Operations: Strategies for Local Health Departments During COVID-19 and Beyond [barhii.org]

We are excited to announce our new brief jointly released by BARHII and the Public Health Alliance of Southern California titled “ Embedding Equity into Emergency Operations: Strategies for Local Health Departments During COVID-19 & Beyond. ” The brief outlines case studies, resources, and priority recommendations that counties and cities can take to explicitly and intentionally embed equity staff and practices into their emergency operations structures and throughout the public health...

Overwhelmed, Stressed, Scared: School Nurses Brace for the Fall Semester [kqed.org]

By Clare Lombardo Aug 1 In any ordinary school year, school nurses are busy. This year, that's an understatement. "Our role has expanded tenfold," says Eileen Gavin, who co-leads a team of nurses for Middletown Township Public Schools in New Jersey. She and school nurses across the country face an unenviable and unprecedented task: caring for students and staff during a global pandemic. "We were at the front line of COVID-19 before the stay at home orders were put into place," says Gloria...

How Can Local Government Address Systemic Racism? [governing.com]

Peniel Joseph, one of the nation’s leading civil rights scholars, has studied and written about the history of race and democracy. He has some ideas on how cities and urban areas can begin to dismantle racism. CARL SMITH, SENIOR STAFF WRITER | JULY 23, 2020 Peniel E. Joseph, Ph.D ., is the founder of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a joint professorship in the LBJ School of Public Affairs, as the Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and...

White employees see themselves as allies—but Black women and Latinas disagree [leanin.org]

About the study These findings are from an online poll conducted by LeanIn.Org and SurveyMonkey between June 19, 2020, and June 25, 2020. Our sample consists of approximately 7,400 U.S. adults ages 18 and over. Unless otherwise noted, the findings reflect responses from people who were either employed or temporarily furloughed at the time of the survey. Most white employees see themselves as allies to people of color at work When “allyship” is defined as “using one’s power or position to...

Prioritize a trauma-sensitive approach for the 2020-21 school year [playworks.org]

Playworks believes in a trauma-sensitive approach Educators should focus on providing a trauma-sensitive approach to the reopening of school. Students are all having different experiences right now. For some students, the shutdown of schools due to COVID has provided them with a welcome reprieve from toxic situations or stressors. For others, it has created an increased chance that they’re experiencing Adverse Childhood Experiences or new stressors. “A trauma-sensitive school is one in which...

As schools reopen, addressing COVID-19-related trauma and mental health issues will take more than mental health services [childtrends.org]

Brandon Stratford July 28, 2020 Regardless of whether students return to school in person or via distance learning , education leaders and policymakers across the country must equip schools to address the social, emotional, and behavioral effects of the ongoing pandemic. To address these issues, many policymakers are turning to school-based mental health services as a key strategy for supporting student wellness. Although mental health services are a critical, often underfunded element of...

Local Updates and Resources from Get Healthy SMC

Immigrant Relief Funds Available Now – San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, Sobrato Foundation and other foundations have pooled funding to support immigrant families access funding to make ends meet given how challenging this time continues to be. The program is offering up to $1,000 for eligible households. The eligibility criteria include: 1) your household has lost income due to Covid-19, and , 2) you’re not eligible for the federal CAREs funds because of immigration status, and 3) you...

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