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Agenda for 1.23.19 meeting

ACEs Enthusiasts Community Meeting PUBLIC ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND! Date: January 23, 2019 Time: 3:30 to 5:00 Location: Child Parent Institute : 3650 Standish Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95407 About this community: We bring the community together to prevent, heal, and treat ACEs while promoting resiliency. New Year - New Focus! With start of new year, Sonoma County ACEs Connection will re-start fresh with a community focus, while seeking opportunities to leverage and coordinate with others. Welcome...

Shifting the focus from trauma to compassion

photo: Rolf Schweitzer/CCO Dr. Arnd Herz, a self-described champion for ACEs science, would like nothing more than to witness a greater appreciation of how widespread adverse childhood experiences are. Herz, a pediatrician and director of Medi-Cal Strategy for the Greater Southern Alameda Area for Kaiser Permanente Northern California, would also like to encourage more people in health care to engage in a trauma-informed care approach, a change in practice that he says not only benefits...

Culture of Health Leaders []

Culture of Health Leaders are people working in every field and profession who want to use their influence to advance a Culture of Health where every resident has a fair opportunity to live a long, healthy life. This kind of leader isn’t defined by a fancy title or a corner office. They’re working on the ground, applying their skills and experience to solve urgent issues that impact their community and beyond. They get their hands dirty—running a business, leading a nonprofit, building things.

Article/audio: How Governor Gavin Newsom's plan to Identify Early Childhood Trauma in Kids Might Make Healthier, Smarter Students

From Capital Public Radio, comes an article and audio on insights to our Governor's plan for California's children: "Nurse Wendie Skala worked with teens who were victims of street violence — and she always felt she was getting to them too late. Eventually, she learned about something called “adverse childhood experiences,” or ACEs : The idea that trauma early in life can cause disruptive and unhealthy behavior. And that’s when Skala says a “huge light bulb” went on. “Instead of saying,...

Ask the Community

Help our public radio station with a story: How did separation from your parents as a child impact you?

KQED is the National Public Radio affiliate in San Francisco, CA. We’d like to hear from adults (18+) who were separated from their parents when they were children. Perhaps the separation was due to economic reasons, war and conflict, incarceration, foster care, or something else. How did that period of separation impact you in the long-run? How has it impacted your connection to others and how you build relationships? If you're a parent, how does it influence how you parent? We’re...Read More...

Is Poverty an ACE?

Holly White-Wolfe
I think toxic stress can result from poverty, and this is concerning considering: 40% of Americans Lack Savings to Cover a $400 Emergency. Despite low unemployment, this Washington Post story notes that 'an alarming number of Americans are still struggling to get by. In the past month, two reports - a new Federal Reserve survey of more than 12,200 Americans about their finances and a new United Way report on financial hardship - reveal how unstable life remains for a large number of people.Read More...
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HI everyone - I have family that has lost everything in the Ventura fires and i am trying to be a resource for them. I already shared a one pager about the health effects of ash (Thank you for posting that, Karen!). Do you all have any suggestions for what they definitely need to do? (They lost everything). They have been in touch with insurance company (havent heard back yet) and are out looking for an apartment to rent. Any must dos for them? Thank you in advance! Gail (formerly from Ventura)Read More...
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