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Violence Profile of Sonoma County

Several months ago, the Violence Profile of Sonoma County was published online. The profile aims to deliver three messages: (1) Violence Impacts Health (2) Violence is More than Physical (3) Violence is Preventable In addressing these aims, the profile provides a strong explanation for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) having lasting effects on health and behaviors, including violent behaviors such as emotional abuse, intimate partner violence, and suicide attempts. The profile also uses...

Deadline is Monday to submit your project for 2018 ACEs Conference Project Showcase

Are you rocking #ACEsScience and want to give your amazing work a shout out? Share your work in 500 words or less and submit it NOW! The ACEs Conference Project Showcase is a unique way to focus a spotlight on current research, programs, tools or other initiatives that use ACEs science to address childhood adversity and its impact. Before submitting, please consider the following: Project submissions should align with the conference theme of “Action to Access,” and its three intentions to...

Where Do We Start Down the Path of Becoming Trauma Informed?

In April 2018, the Center for Health Care Strategies in New York City hosted an Advancing Trauma-Informed Care meeting. Sonoma County submitted a challenge for the group to discuss: Challenge: "I think one issue we are having is finding where to start. If this is not a step by step process, but a culture shift, where do you begin? Some groups are starting with an agency assessment. Some are starting with ACEs trainings. Some are looking at the SAMSHA guides. Others are desperately trying to...

Youth-led community organizing as a tool for building resilience

It started as an answer to a youth-led campaign. Young people in arts programs in San Francisco Bay Area schools had produced spoken word videos about inequities in their communities that helped put them at risk for type 2 diabetes. Dr. Jean Junior The response by their peers was enormous, according to Dr. Jean Junior, who volunteered for the project as a pediatric resident at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF). “Young people would say ‘You’ve actually gotten me interested.

Policy Committee Meeting Notes

Meeting Notes: June 8, 2018 It was suggested that we try posting a more informal blog of our meeting, rather than the usual minutes. Please let us know if this is a better way to capture the free-flowing discussion and flavor of our meetings. Note: Sonoma County ACEs Connection is referred to as “SCAC” to save typing. Members attending were Alison Lobb, Lena Hoffman and Allen Nishikawa. Karen Clemmer was unable to attend but had forwarded some helpful links and information to members. Our...

Trauma Informed Resilience and Sonoma County Wildfires 2017

The May 17 CalBRACE Local Health Department Partnership Community of Practice Call on Climate Change presented by the California Department of Public Health CalBRACE program. Last year California experienced significant climate-related impacts on human health, including many lives lost from wildfires. The recovery is ongoing and we would like to keep a focus on the people still working through the day-to-day trials with survivors who are still struggling. This call will examine how health...

Prop. 64 Stakeholder Group: Prioritize Trauma-Informed Approach to Youth Substance Use Education, Prevention and Treatment

In November 2016, California voters legalized adult use and sales of cannabis, and authorized state excise taxes that are estimated to generate up to $1 billion in revenue for regulation, research, public safety, prevention and treatment. A group of stakeholders representing youth-serving organizations and agencies across the state has issued recommendations for use of the tax revenue allocated to youth substance use education, prevention and treatment that emphasize a trauma-informed approach.

Listening Session – North Bay Wildfires on June 14

See attached flyer. Please forward to your e-mail distribution lists and share with your clients, colleagues, family, friends, neighbors, etc. What: Listening Session – October 2017 North Bay Wildfires When: Thursday, June 14, 2018 – 1:00-3:00 p.m. Where: Salvation Army (Chapel Room) 93 Stony Cir. – Santa Rosa, CA Who: Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties We are interested in hearing about the experiences of community members with disabilities and from...

Study unearths patterns in San Jose homeless population's ACE scores

Photo by Terabass/ CC-SA-3.0 It was around 2010 that Dr. Angela Bymaster was seeing a disturbing pattern in the histories of her adult patients. She already knew that patients who saw her at the Valley Homeless Health Care Program in San Jose, CA, where she worked at the time, were homeless or recently homeless. What was most troubling to Bymaster was knowing that their current precarious existence could have been prevented. Dr. Angela Bymaster “Over and over and over again I was hearing the...

Reply by Allen K. Nishikawa

Poverty can certainly constrain your options, limit your opportunities and make a person's life unstable and unpredictable. However, the...
Allen K. Nishikawa

New York Life and Change in Mind Institute at the Alliance for Strong Families and Communites Partner on Grant Program to Support Communities Impacted by Disaster

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 1, 2018 – New York Life Insurance Company and the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities today announced the launch of a new grant program to support children, adults, families, and communities experiencing trauma resulting from natural disaster or community-wide tragedy. The partnership will serve as the first-ever disaster-focused grant for the New York Life Foundation, the charitable arm of the company. The program, Building Resilience in the Face of Disaster,...

[This Wed @6pm] Resilient Sonoma ~ Sonoma Resiliente: Next Steps

Dear friends, We are excited to see you again (or for the first time) next week for Resilient Sonoma – Sonoma Resiliente, this Wednesday 6-8pm at the Hanna Boys Center Legacy Room. We will share updates for the next steps so we can then collectively agree on how we can best move forward collaboratively. Please mark your calendars for the next meeting and kindly RSVP . Light food will be provided. Here are some key follow-up items to keep in mind as we prepare: Open to All Interested...

Peer Voices Now! Spring 2018 Newsletter

Kalia Mussetter of Living Bridges " Bringing people together for transformative community service," invites you to read the attached Peer Voices Now! newsletter. Kalia writes: "Please enjoy this beautiful newsletter. It is rich with fine, heartfelt writing by many local mental health Peer Providers; talented individuals who serve our mental health stakeholder community every day. There is a focus on experience of both loss and healing from the recent fires, as well as moving accounts of peer...

Berkeley City College group screens Resilience, looks at ACEs through a social justice lens

As far back as she can remember, Berkeley City College Mental Health Specialist Janine Greer understood that there was a connection between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and health. She had a sense early on that racism figures large in that equation. “Looking around in my community – I’m African American, I noticed that even people who had healthy habits got funky diseases,” she said. “And I’m thinking there must be some sort of health trouble that happens if you’re always stressed.”...

Post-wildfire report on nonprofit services: mental health a critical need, services to most vulnerable citizens impacted

At the end of 2017, Community Foundation of Sonoma County and Napa Valley Community Foundation enlisted the Center for Effective Philanthropy to conduct a survey of local nonprofit organizations about the impacts of the wildfires on the people they serve and on their organizational capacity to provide services in response. While reading CEP Advisory Services " 2018 Wildfire Response Survey " report through an ACEs and trauma-informed lens, the following findings jumped out at me: 1. Mental...

Statewide meeting of public health officials focused on ACEs!!!

The Road to Resilience: A Public Health Approach to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) I was privileged and excited to present Neurobiology of Trauma and Resilience to this powerful and attentive group of over 200 state health workers on May 10. We talked about childhood brain development, effects of ACEs, genetics and epigenetics, and neurology of stress, trauma and resilience. From this conference I anticipate statewide action, hopefully impacting thousands if not millions of California...

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