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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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Confronting Racism, Overcoming COVID-19, & Advancing Health Equity [calbudget.org]

February 2021 · By Adriana Ramos-Yamamoto and Monica Davalos The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the depths and reach of racism on the health of children, families, and individuals, with communities of color in California experiencing higher rates of illness, death, and overall hardship due to the virus. This devastation must be the catalyst for California policymakers to acknowledge that racism has caused lasting and negative impacts on communities of color. While some local policymakers...

Request for Application (RFA): COVID-19 Health Equity Pilot Projects [cdph.ca.gov]

Request for Application (RFA) Background and Information: The California Department of Public Health Office of Health Equity will administer $5M from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) Grant (totaling $499M) to approximately 16-30 community-based organizations led by and serving communities facing inequities1 in COVID-19 infection and impacts. This $5M is intended to advance the State's work to close racial, ethnic, and other disparities...

Open access study reveals harmful effects of redlining on babies born three generations later [news.lib.berkeley.edu]

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...

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

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.

Pandemic Prompts Nonprofits to Launch FREE 24-Hour Support Line for People with Developmental Disabilities [prnewswire.com]

The Arc of California and Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare partner to provide mental health care free of charge SACRAMENTO, Calif. , Nov. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Prior to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, people with developmental disabilities have historically been disproportionately impacted by mental health issues compared to those without disabilities. According to the Center for Disease Control , 17.4 million adults with disabilities experience frequent mental health...

Med students write version of Hippocratic oath that addresses systemic racism and coronavirus [usatoday.com]

N'dea Yancey-Bragg USA TODAY Nov. 5, 2020 A group of medical students at the University of Pittsburgh wrote their own version of the Hippocratic oath which acknowledges system racism in medicine, the coronavirus pandemic and several high profile police killings of African Americans. During their orientation, a group of first-year medical students created a new class oath that the class recited ahead of the symbolic white coat ceremony in August which marked the beginning of their medical...

The Mental Health of Young Parents During COVID-19 and Beyond [nihcm.org]

[ Click here to view website with larger image ; PDF attached below] The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the mental health and well-being of parents and families across the United States. While we don’t yet know the pandemic’s differential effect on teen and young parents, research highlights the additional challenges and burdens facing young parents and young adults more broadly, before and during the pandemic. Prior to COVID-19, researchers found that mental health challenges are 4 times...

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...

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