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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.

December 2020

Open access study reveals harmful effects of redlining on babies born three generations later []

Virgie Hoban November 19, 2020 It was a racist policy enacted over 80 years ago, but its aftermath dribbles on — all the way to the babies born today, new research shows. Using historical maps and modern birth data, UC Berkeley researchers have found that babies born in California neighborhoods historically redlined — denied federal investments based on the discriminatory lending practices of the 1930s — are now more likely to have poorer health outcomes. The study was published open access...

As the Pandemic Rages on, a Conversation about Stress and Coping []

By Maddy Weinberg, California Magazine, December 2020 As California’s first-ever surgeon general, how do you hope to shape the position? Dr. Nadine Burke Harris: Governor Newsom established the position of California Surgeon General with the understanding that some of the most pernicious, but least-addressed health challenges are the upstream factors that eventually become chronic and acute conditions that are far more difficult and expensive to treat. As the first California Surgeon...

How California plans to increase access to Paid Family Leave to support early childhood []

By Karen D'Souza, EdSource, December 14, 2020 California became the first state in the nation to offer parents Paid Family Leave in 2014. Now, more than a quarter million parents use this lifeline to take care of their newborn babies every year. Low-income parents, however, are often the least likely to take advantage of paid leave, research shows. California’s new Master Plan for Early Learning and Care is a 10-year blueprint for gradually reforming early childhood and education at a cost...


This short and practical paper explains how relationships are vital to health, and what you can do as a health provider to help children and families be healthy in the face of increasing stress and physical distancing. The fear and social isolation associated with COVID-19 are worsening existing chronic stressors, as well as creating new ones for families who are experiencing new kinds of adversity. People are feeling isolated and alone and have less emotional support than they did prior to...

Listening to Black Californians: Racism and Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic []

By Vanessa Grubbs, California Health Care Foundation, December 2, 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic has been wreaking havoc across the US for eight months, and new cases and deaths are reaching alarming and record-setting heights. For many Americans, especially people of color with low incomes, the effects of the pandemic are far more personal than the devastating numbers that dominate news media reports. To better understand the scope of the pandemic’s impact on the health care experiences of...

Bay Area Program Offers Free Mental Healthcare for Essential Workers []

Forum , hosted by Michael Krasny Dec 8 at 9:00 AM As the Bay Area heads again into shutdown and Covid-19 cases surge, essential workers continue to struggle with the mental health toll of being on the front line. This is where the Frontline Workers Counseling Project comes in. The project, which was founded in the Bay Area at the start of the pandemic, offers free mental health counseling to essential workers, from doctors and nurses to firefighters and postal delivery workers, and more.

Study: Coronavirus Pandemic and Managing Kids' Mental Health Is Most Stressful for Parents []

The coronavirus pandemic and the mental health of their children are the biggest causes of stress for parents in the U.S. according to a survey from Blue Shield of California. The survey, conducted in early October, asked 1,000 parents with children younger than 18 about their own key stressors this year. Researchers found that when it came to education, nearly half of parents were most concerned about COVID-19 health risks, followed by helping their child with remote learning. The parents...

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