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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.

May 2020

Rethinking Family Engagement During School Closures [tolerance.org]

Taking time to check assumptions about family engagement can make a huge difference in the lives of your students and their caregivers. DR. RACHAEL MAHMOOD APRIL 27, 2020 As educators, we often strive to find ways to increase family involvement in our classrooms. Research confirms that family involvement positively impacts students’ academic experiences. And in this moment of crisis, especially, engaging our students means engaging their families: Including caretakers is one way to support...

Bystander Intervention 2.0: Conflict De-Escalation Training [ihollaback.org]

We’re proud to announce the release of a brand new training: Bystander Intervention 2.0: Conflict De-Escalation Training in partnership with Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC . Sign up here to take the training . If you’ve already taken our Bystander Intervention training and you’re looking to go deeper into how to directly intervene and de-escalate conflict: this training is for you. Using Hollaback!’s Observe-Breathe-Connect methodology, we’ll learn how to identify potential...

The important role of policy in addressing childhood trauma during COVID-19 and beyond

Over the past few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused everyone to grapple with uncertainty and manage new stressors at home, at work, and in our communities. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll indicated that 45% of Americans report that the current crisis is harming their mental health. We are facing unprecedented disruption in our daily lives and navigating a world of school and business closures, job losses, social distancing, food access and housing constraints, and other types...

Special education in the age of coronavirus: How Bay Area parents and teachers are coping [mercurynews.com]

By SHAYNA RUBIN | srubin@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: May 21, 2020 at 10:59 a.m. | UPDATED: May 21, 2020 at 3:20 p.m. Distance learning in the COVID-19 era has put a strain on all families, but especially those with children with special education needs. “No one was ready. Obviously, we didn’t see this coming,” said Christina Schmidt, executive vice president of the Palo Alto Council of Parent Teacher Associations. And parents, she said, can be caught unaware of how...

“I’m Terrified”: Pregnant Health Care Workers at Risk for Coronavirus Are Being Forced to Keep Working [propublica.org]

by Nina Martin and Bernice Yeung April 1, 1:30 p.m. EDT Pregnant nurses and doctors say they are being forced to go to work with no formal accommodations or extra protections to keep them safe from the coronavirus, even though they are immunocompromised and data is still emerging about the risks of fetal transmission. Dozens of pregnant medical workers reached out to ProPublica, saying they were weighing whether to stay in jobs they view as dangerous or quit, which could add to the burdens...

May Revise Budget Impacts to ACEs Aware [acesaware.org]

By ACEs Aware, May 20, 2020 Dear Stakeholders: The state of California is facing an unprecedented budget shortfall due to the economic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 emergency. The state must make difficult budgetary decisions to protect access to vital services and programs, including Medi-Cal. While we are all facing these significant budget changes together, we also know that Californians are experiencing increased levels of stress. That stress, combined with disruptions to accessing...

The Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants

The Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI) project is a one-time state-funded disaster relief assistance for undocumented adult immigrants impacted by COVID-19. An undocumented adult who qualifies can receive $500 in direct assistance, with a maximum of $1000 in assistance per household. How do I apply for the DRAI Program? Starting May 18th, if you are eligible to apply for this assistance, you may seek assistance with the nonprofit organization(s) assigned to your county of...

Primary Care & Telehealth Strategies for Addressing the Secondary Health Impacts of COVID-19 [acesaware.org]

From ACEs Aware, May 13, 2020 This webinar will focus on building understanding and identifying primary care and telehealth strategies and tools to address the secondary health effects of the COVID-19 emergency. Widespread stress and anxiety regarding COVID-19, compounded by the economic distress due to lost wages, employment and financial assets; mass school closures; and necessary physical distancing measures can result in an increase of stress-related health conditions. These secondary...

During COVID-19, how does a trauma-informed school pivot to distance learning?

All photos courtesy of Antioch Middle School staff Antioch Middle School seventh-grader Alyssia Garcia was accustomed to scanning the cafeteria during lunch for kids who might need her assistance. “I’d look for kids who looked sad, kids who were sitting alone, kids who looked angry,” says Garcia, a peer advocate at her school. Alyssia Garcia When she’d spot students sitting alone or looking sad, she’d approach them and ease into conversation. “If it’s a sad person, I’ll try to cheer them up...

Virtual Dialogue: Native American Communities and the Covid-19 Fight

From Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center: Our four-part series of race equity and COVID-19’s impact will conclude with a free virtual dialogue centering on Native American communities. As of mid-April, the health authority for the Navajo Nation, which includes areas of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico, reported 1,197 positive coronavirus cases and 44 deaths. If it were a state, it would rank third in the country for confirmed cases per 100,000 people behind only New York and New Jersey,...

Racial Minorities More at Risk in the Workplace and the Economy [escholarship.org]

By Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California, Berkeley, May 6, 2020 The latest Berkeley IGS Poll reveals that the COVID-19 pandemic is having especially large effects on the safety and economic well-being of people of color in California. Racial minorities are significantly more likely to report having jobs that place them in regular contact with others and they are more concerned that their jobs place them at risk of contracting the disease. When it comes to safety in...

'Haven't Hugged My Mom in a Month:' Kids of Health Care Workers Feel the Strain [kqed.org]

By Sasha Khokha , Asal Ehsanipour Apr 17 As front line health care workers dedicate long hours to caring for patients during the COVID-19 crisis, life has changed for their own families — especially their children. Some hospital workers are staying away from their families to protect their kids. Others are living in the same house and taking extra precautions to avoid passing along the virus. Many children of nurses and doctors are navigating the unpredictability of life without regular...

Viruses of Ignorance Discussion

From San Mateo County Chinese Health Initiative: Join us on Saturday, May 16th at 1:30 pm PST to discuss infectious disease and stigma against API Americans with a panel of multidisciplinary experts: Alan Wang, media strategist and #JustB Hepatitis B Storyteller, Dr. Russell Jeung, Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University, and Dr. Bryant Lin, Director of the Center for Asian Health Research and Education at Stanford University. This event is open to all and will...

Health Equity Policy Platform for COVID-19 Response and Recovery

From Human Impact Parters: A COVID-19 Public Health Response & Recovery Policy Platform Decades of underinvestment in our public infrastructure and neoliberal policies that gutted protections for working people, our healthcare, and our wider safety net are vividly exposing their consequences. People of color — most harshly Black, Latinx, and Native people — are disproportionately experiencing the consequences of these conditions. In this context, directly impacted communities are naming...

New Brief on Play & Trauma Available

Bay Area Early Childhood Funders have released a new brief, “The Power of Play for Addressing Trauma in Early Years,” available in both English and Spanish . The brief provides families, teachers and caregivers an easy-to-read, one-page online brief about the importance of play for addressing trauma in young children and tips for helping children cope. Additional materials on the importance of play are available here .

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