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4 years after integrating ACEs science, Pueblo, CO clinic improves services for families; cuts ER costs, doctor stress

Four years ago, Dr. Leslie Dempsey would never have talked about ACEs — adverse childhood experiences — with her patients. Now ACEs is a common topic. “Just as I don’t feel awkward asking someone if they smoke or do intravenous drugs, I don’t really feel awkward talking about their childhood traumas in a way that it relates to their health. It’s just integrated into obtaining background and social history,” she says. Dr. Leslie Dempsey Dempsey is a physician in obstetrics who oversees a team...

How the Body Keeps the Score: Intensive Trauma Treatment Course [pesi.com]

By Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, PESI, January 7, 2020 Trauma is horrendous. It overwhelms its victims and often the people who try to treat it. It reshapes one’s sense of self, bodily experience and brain organization — leaving people stuck in terror, isolation, and shame. My life’s work has been to find the most effective pathways to healing trauma. It’s why I founded the Trauma Center, have been part of groundbreaking research, and wrote the #1 New York Times bestselling book The Body Keeps...

Sonoma Valley's Hanna Institute Receives $30K Grant [sonomanews.com]

By Index Tribune Staff, Sonoma Index-Tribune, January 2, 2020 The Hanna Institute announced on Dec. 20 that it received a $30,000 grant from Community Foundation Sonoma County that will provide scholarships for Title I school staff and educators to attend the Hanna Institute Summit Jan. 29 through 31. “The mission of Hanna Institute is to support parents and child-serving systems with resources that build resilience and hope,” said Erin Hawkins, co-director of the Hanna Institute in a press...

ACEs Connection's Inclusion Tool makes sure nobody's left out

We developed ACEs Connection's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Tool — called the Inclusion Tool, for short — to ensure that ACEs initiatives across the world focus on being inclusive when forming a steering committee, recruiting leaders, providing education about ACEs science, recruiting members, or providing resources and services within their communities. The more inclusive your ACEs initiative is, the more diverse it will be, giving your initiative a real shot at achieving equity and...

Lesson learned integrating ACEs science into health clinics: Staff first, THEN patients

Nearly two years ago, a team of colleagues at LifeLong Medical Clinics jumped at the opportunity to integrate practices based on ACEs science to prevent and heal trauma in their patients when it joined a two-year learning collaborative known as the Resilient Beginnings Collaborative (RBC). A few months after training began, the staff realized they had to put on the brakes.

Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities Year in Review

Also available at: https://conta.cc/2Sgc2Ia LOOKING FORWARD ... 2020 vision Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC) has exciting projects underway, including a national survey of ACEs/trauma/resilience (ATR) networks in partnership with NORC at the University of Chicago and a website redesign to create a searchable digest of resources for networks, by networks. In the new year, we aim to unlock the power of networks to inspire and accelerate trauma-informed change across the...

Board of Supervisors Candidates Forum: Focus on Children and Families

January 16, 2020, 6:30pm - 8:30pm Doors to the event will open at 6:00pm, the forum will begin at 6:30pm. Join us to hear the candidates running for the Board of Supervisors First, Third and Fifth Districts discuss their ideas on how to improve the lives of our children in Sonoma County. The forum is a FREE event with limited capacity, registration is strongly encouraged. Child care available, please email anneb@calparents.org to reserve child care. Location: Unitarian Universalist...

State of Our Health 2020 Breakfast - Sponsorship Opportunities (Clovis CA)

This year's coming State of Our Health Breakfast on February 7th, 2020, will feature Dr. Nadine Burke Harris. Dr. Burke Harris is the 1st and current Surgeon General of California since 2019. She is a pioneer in linking adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress with harmful effects on health later on in life. We are excited to have her share with us! You won't want to miss it! You can listen to an interview with her here . We are currently only taking in Sponsorships and Table sales.

Santa Clara Supes put $200K Toward Pilot Program for Attempted Strangling Victims [mv-voice.com]

By Bay City News and Mountain View Voice Staff, Mountain View Voice, December 11, 2019 Santa Clara County Supervisors Tuesday allocated $200,000 to a new pilot program to help domestic violence victims whose partner tried to strangle them. The county will partner with the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office and the Santa Clara Police Department to respond to victims who are 12 years old and older. Law enforcement officers will ask victims if they consent to a hospital visit, and will be...

The Power of Hope to Mitigate Vicarious Trauma and Burnout

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified child maltreatment as a major public health concern, and adult survivors of child maltreatment are at significant risk of chronic disease and premature mortality. This constant exposure to child maltreatment makes these health care practitioners uniquely vulnerable to stressors associated with burnout.

ACES Aware Webinar: Dec 13th, 12-1pm PT - Public Comments about soon-to-be-released Request for Proposal

The Department of Health Care Services and the California Office of the Surgeon General are hosting a webinar of the Trauma-Informed Care Implementation Advisory Committee’s Provider Education and Engagement Subcommittee. Subcommittee members will discuss a draft Request for Proposal (RFP) released for public comment as part of the ACEs Aware initiative. The draft RFP invites external organizations to apply for grants to support provider training activities, provider engagement activities...

ACES Aware Webinar: Dec 13th, 12-1pm PT - Public Comments about soon-to-be-released Request for Proposal

The Department of Health Care Services and the California Office of the Surgeon General are hosting a webinar of the Trauma-Informed Care Implementation Advisory Committee’s Provider Education and Engagement Subcommittee. Subcommittee members will discuss a draft Request for Proposal (RFP) released for public comment as part of the ACEs Aware initiative. The draft RFP invites external organizations to apply for grants to support provider training activities, provider engagement activities...

CA Surgeon General and DHCS Launch ACEs Aware Initiative and Website

Join a live webinar with California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris and Dr. Karen Mark Medical Director, Department of Health Care Services for a Medi-Cal provider introduction to the new ACEs Aware Initiative and the www.ACEsAware.org website. The Office of the California Surgeon General and the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), in the first public unveiling of the initiative, will host a live webinar to share details of the new ACEs Aware Initiative for Medi-Cal providers...

Dr. Melissa Merrick Explains CDC's Vital Signs/ACEs Report [Prevent Child Abuse America]

Dr. Melissa Merrick, president & CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America, provides four key takeaways from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest Vital Signs/ACEs report , of which she is the lead author. Merrick also identifies several practical solutions for creating the conditions for safe, stable and nurturing relationships and environments for all children, families and communities, which are fundamental to preventing ACEs. Among these solutions is strengthening economic...

Tribal Behavioral Health Grant Program (SAMHSA)

Click HERE to learn more. Description The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Centers for Mental Health Services (CMHS) and Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), are accepting applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Tribal Behavioral Health Grant Program (Short Title: Native Connections). The purpose of this program is to prevent suicide and substance misuse, reduce the impact of trauma, and promote mental health among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN)...

Franciscan Partners With Online Community Platform to Address Childhood Trauma [nwitimes.com]

By Joseph S. Pete, The Times of Northwest Indiana, November 22, 2019 Childhood trauma causes long-term harm, both emotionally and physically, taking a toll on one's health. Abuse, witnessing violence or substance abuse in the home, having a parent in jail and other adverse childhood experiences or ACEs have been linked to heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease, diabetes and suicide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that at least five of the top 10 leading causes...

Army of ACEs with Nadine Burke-Harris

Samuel Merritt University was honored with a talk by Dr Nadine Burke-Harris. The talk is available on youtube for viewing. Check out our surgeon general and the course of action CA is taking around ACEs and Toxic Stress. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mfKrhvq5zY&feature=youtu.be

RSVP now for HANNA SUMMIT! See flyer for details

Message from Brian Farraghe r: Good morning – I wanted to reach out on behalf of Hanna to let you know about a conference we’re hosting January 29-31, 2020 called The Hanna Summit: The Ecology of Resilience, Transformation Through Trauma-Informed Care. The Hanna Summit is an immersive three-day conference focused on learning and sharing new and proven approaches to trauma-informed care (TIC). Attendees will hear from leading TIC experts and participate in interactive discussions and...

San Mateo (CA) launches county initiative to tackle ACEs and build resilience

Attendees at the San Mateo event participate in ice-breaking exercise When you’re working with people who've had a lot of childhood and adult adversity, it’s hard for you to believe that anyone else can have a bad day, says Laura van Dernoot Lipsky. “Your neighbor or your best friend says: ‘I’ve had a bad day.’ And you think, ‘Oh, I’m sorry you had a bad day; were you sex trafficked today? No, you were not!'” Laura van Dernoot Lipsky Van Dernoot Lipsky, the author of Trauma Stewardship: An...

CA Surgeon General and DHCS Launch ACEs Aware Initiative and Website

Join a live webinar with California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris and Dr. Karen Mark Medical Director, Department of Health Care Services for a Medi-Cal provider introduction to the new ACEs Aware Initiative and the www.ACEsAware.org website. The Office of the California Surgeon General and the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), in the first public unveiling of the initiative, will host a live webinar to share details of the new ACEs Aware Initiative for Medi-Cal providers...

DRAFT notes from our October 2019 meeting

Draft notes from our October 23, 2019 meeting Welcome: For all who could join our meeting on October 23rd, thank you for your participation! Together we can broaden our understanding of how ACEs impact our communities and what folks are doing to address ACEs. In October we welcomed David Beck MD a local Psychiatrist, Lynn Burke from Drug Abuse Alternatives Center (DAAC) Perinatal Program and we welcomed the return of Carla Denner LCSW who is now with DHS - BH- Alcohol and Other Drug...

Sonoma Community Resilience Collaborative

Hello Friends— We hope that you and your families are safe and staying well! These past few weeks have been tough on our community. The power outages, Kincade fire, and evacuations have profoundly affected our individual emotional and physical health, our social functioning, our overall well-being, and the health and security of our community. The Sonoma Community Resilience Collaborative has trained over 200 people from our community to deliver FREE mind-body skills to build the social...

Must see movie! This Sunday in Sonoma at Sebastiani Theater

"And Now, Love," is an award-winning documentary memoir on the life and work of Dr. Bernard W. Bail, a highly decorated World War II American Jewish veteran who was captured by the Nazis and rescued by a secret love affair with his German nurse. After the war, Bail came to believe that all wars are the manifestation of the wars within ourselves. Dedicated to healing mental anguish, he became a doctor and psychoanalyst who developed a theory called the “mother’s imprint,” focusing on...

How collaboration helps clinic in San Mateo County, CA, tackle ACEs in children

Dr. Elizabeth Grady is a pediatrician at the South San Francisco Clinic, a community clinic of San Mateo Medical Center. She and Susana Flores , a senior public health nurse with San Mateo County Health, spoke with me about how the clinic and other health agencies in San Mateo have been able to craft ways to work together to prevent and heal toxic stress in children. Grady also talked about how she and Flores have been working with the Resilient Beginnings Collaborative (RBC), a group of...

New Psychotherapy Practice in Sebastopol!

Hello Sonoma ACES Connection! I'm reaching out about the private psychotherapy practice that I’ve just opened in Sebastopol. My training has focused on trauma informed, attachment based modalities of therapy. Currently, I am a Therapist in Training in the Neuro Affective Relational Model certification program. NARM is a modality design to support healing from developmental trauma, or those people who have mid-to-high ACES scores. In my career I have worked as a Lead Clinician for families...

Do you live in Arizona, Hawaii, California, Nevada or the US Pacific Islands? Come to our no-cost mental and school mental health Winter Institute!

Do you live in Arizona, Hawaii, California, Nevada or the US Pacific Islands?If so...Check it out! 👇 NO COST. MENTAL HEALTH & SCHOOL MENTAL HEALTH WORKFORCE. AMAZING FACULTY. JANUARY 14, 15, & 16th! LONG BEACH, CA. JOIN US. 🤝 👏 Learn more here: http://bit.ly/mhttc-winterinstitute-flyer Register here: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07egq2f9gaebafa6bd&llr=8wdk4ubab

Register now: Free ACEs Connection Webinar on the Human Impact of Climate Change

A year after 85 people died in the wildfire that swept through Paradise, CA, and nearby towns, one of the town’s survivors will talk about how she and others are using resilience practices in their recovery from the trauma. On Wednesday, Nov. 13, Paradise resident Kelly Doty will have a conversation with Elaine Miller-Karas, who developed the Community Resiliency Model (CRM). Doty, who lost her home in the fire, and Miller-Karas will discuss resilience education skills designed to help...

Recorded webinar: How to integrate SEL skills into the classroom to build resiliency and promote positive mental wellness?

Please check out this recorded webinar! Bryan Clement was one of the presenters and he focused his discussion on the influence of ACEs on student (and adult) behaviors and the protective role adults can play in buffering or mitigating toxic stress. Fast forward to minute 30 to see his presentation on ACEs. Bryan Clement Director of Program and Partnerships TOOLBOX™ by Dovetail Learning 825 Gravenstein Hwy N, Suite 2 Sebastopol, CA 95472 Office: (707) 861-3386 Ext. 103 Cell: (707) 480-8779...

How do these pediatricians do ACEs screening? Early adopters tell all.

Last week, three pediatricians — with a combined experience of 15 years integrating ACEs science into their practices — reflected on the urgency they felt several years ago that prompted them to begin screening patients for childhood adversity and resilience when there was practically no guidance at all. Along their journey , they accumulated a list of lessons learned for other pediatricians and family clinics to use. The three pediatricians participated in the ACEs Connection webinar,...

Webinar: The Human Impact of Climate Change

The Community Resiliency Model Disaster Relief Program Climate change emergencies are real and the human toll during and in the aftermath impact children, teens and adults. This webinar will hear from Kelly Doty, a survivor, who lost her home in Paradise and is working in a community-based program to help the children and their parents in the aftermath. Elaine Miller-Karas, the key developer of the Community Resiliency Model Disaster Relief Program, will explain the program and how it helps...

Building trust is now a critical part of health care

In a video clip , a hospital patient turns away in protest as a physician enters the room. “Why do you all keep coming in my room!” she asks in frustration. The physician moves a chair out of the way and sits down at eye level with the patient. “You’ve had to see so many people,” he acknowledges. “And I’m tired of it!” she yells. “I already know I have to get both of my legs cut off. That’s what they keep saying. I don’t have a choice!” “You don’t feel like you have a choice,” he repeats...

Webinar Oct. 17 — Integrating ACEs science in pediatrics: Early adopters share lessons from the field

An ACEs Connection webinar co-sponsored with 4 CA In 2017, California became the first state in the country to pass a law supporting universal screening for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in the 5.3 million children in the state’s Medicaid program. As clinicians around California await the state’s announcement of what this new policy will entail, many are wondering what it takes to integrate ACEs science in a pediatric practice. Meet Drs. Deirdre Bernard-Pearl, R.J. Gillespie and...

"Building Violence Free Schools & Communities " ONE DAY CONFERENCE!

Tulare County CAPC is proud to provide this ONE DAY conference on "Building Violence Free Schools & Communities" featuring 3 nationally know speakers with first hand experience and expertise in the field of violence prevention. Dr. Melissa Reeves (Columbine, CO shooting) Scarlett Lewis (Parent of a child lost in Sandy Hook shooting) and Clayton Douglas (former student who planned a shooting) will provide us with critical knowledge and skills in violence prevention. **** FLYER AND...

RSVP Now!

Multiple locations and remote viewing opportunities. Eureka Hub; Remote sites: Lakeport, Redding, Mt. Shasta, Ukiah and online.

Researchers Call for Quality-Improvement Changes in Medi-Cal Plans [chcf.org]

By Xenia Shih Bion, California Health Care Foundation, October 7, 2019 California should move swiftly to improve the quality of care in the managed care plans that serve 80% of Medi-Cal’s nearly 14 million enrollees, according to researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Led by Professor of Medicine Andrew Bindman, MD, with support from CHCF, the researchers examined 41 quality measures and found that more than half of the quality measures stayed the same or declined...

How to blog about what's happening related to ACEs Science in your community

NOTE: Have you posted a 'Resilience' screening or ACEs Science conference? Attended a great trauma-informed training? Participated in a community discussion related to ACEs science? Presented about ACEs science? If so, WE WANT YOU - to write about it in a Blog Post. When you share your accomplishments, big and small with your community it documents your successes, inspires others to get involved and do more and ignites ideas in other communities! See below for tips on how to blog and a guide...

Federal funds awarded to Santa Rosa’s Catholic Charities to boost naturalization program (The Press Democrat)

By Nashelly Chavez, for The Press Democrat, October 1, 2019 Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa will ramp up its services for legal permanent residents who need help becoming citizens this month after the organization was awarded more than $237,000 in federal grant money, the nonprofit said. The Santa Rosa- based charity was one of 41 organizations across 24 states selected for the Citizenship and Assimilation Grants Program , which gives money to immigrant-serving organizations...

FREE! Drama Spectrum! Fall 2019 (Child Parent Institute)

RSVP Now! 8 Sessions | Tuesdays | October 22 - December 10 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm CPI Kinder Gym | 3650 Standish Avenue, Santa Rosa Connect with other students on this FREE eight session adventure to explore the theater arts! Find your unique role to play as we get creative to learn about and practice qualities that make strong communities, friends, and leaders. Drama Spectrum offers a nurturing creative home for young people ages 12 - 18 interested in learning more about the dramatic arts and...

Buck Institute in Novato [CA] gets $6 million grant to study negative health effects from menopause (The Press Democrat)

By Guy Kovner, The Press Democrat, October 1, 2019 Wading into an area little known to science, the Buck Institute for Research on Aging on Monday launched a study of the harmful health effects women experience after menopause , paid for with a $6 million gift from Nicole Shanahan, a Bay Area tech entrepreneur and philanthropist. Shanahan is married to Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google and among the wealthiest people in the world. Eric Verdin, president and CEO of the Novato research group,...

Coalition Conducts Human Trafficking Prevention Campaign on 23 St. [richmondstandard.com]

By The Richmond Standard, September 28, 2019 A group of Richmond residents are partnering with local law enforcement agencies today to walk 23rd Street and offer free LED and solar-powered lights and other security devices as part of a human trafficking prevention campaign. Richmond police reported that over 100 houses along the corridor were visited by me. Home Depot provided support with free security lights, cameras, and fence repair to residents along the 23rd Street Corridor to improve...

Adult Reentry Grant Program (ARG): Proposals due November 1st.

The Adult Reentry Grant (ARG) Program was established through the Budget Act of 2018 (Senate Bill 840, Chapter 29, Statute of 2018) and appropriated $50,000,000 in funding for competitive awards to community-based organizations to support offenders formerly incarcerated in state prison. The Budget Act requires that funding be allocated as follows: -$25 million be for rental assistance; -$9.35 million to support the warm handoff and reentry of offenders transitioning from prison to...

SCAC meeting notes for 8.28.19 community meeting

*BOLD BLUE text = hyperlink to more information *pdf attached ACEs Enthusiasts Community Meeting *4th Wed of each month August 28, 2019, from 3:30 to 5:00 Location: Child Parent Institute / Sonoma County ACEs Connection About us: We bring the community together to prevent, heal, and treat ACEs while promoting resiliency. Sonoma County ACEs Connection has a fresh focus in 2019 with an emphasis on community, while seeking opportunities to leverage and coordinate with others. Please join us!

Sonoma County Data Dashboard: Child Adversity and Well-Being

A product of the CA Essentials for Childhood Initiative, the California Data Dashboard contains 23 select indicators of child adversity, health and well-being, utilizing data available on kidsdata.org . For more information about this project please go here. The Sonoma County Data Dashboard contains select indicators of child adversity and well-being. The dashboard is a product of the Shared Data and Outcomes Workgroup of the California Essentials for Childhood (EfC) Initiative, a CDC-funded...

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