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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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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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