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ACEs science transformed David Magallon’s life, now he’s a parent educator

Learning about ACEs science changed David Magallon’s life in a profound way — and now he’s made it part of his mission to share that knowledge with other parents who really need it. Since 2017, Magallon has served as a court referral programs manager at the Child Parent Institute (CPI) in Santa Rosa, California. The non-profit agency offers child therapy, parent education, and other resources for families throughout Sonoma County. Magallon works with families in a probation program mandated...

Listening, Learning and Showing Up: Central Oregon's TRACEs Focuses on Root Causes of Trauma

TRACEs’ work group on youth and children in foster care spent a good portion of the last year’s monthly meetings examining holes in the system: How would foster families be affected by changes in funding from the Oregon Department of Human Services? What would it mean for kids if Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) positions were cut? Most important, what did foster children and youth, their families of origin and their foster families need in order to thrive? “We put together a...

100% Community Initiative Builds Vital Services So New Mexico Kids Can Thrive

The deaths of several New Mexico children in recent years—a 13-year-old whose father was accused of fatally torturing him; an eight-year-old who was kicked to death by her mother; a girl raped, strangled and stabbed by her mother’s boyfriend the night before her 10th birthday—drew horror, outrage and scrutiny of the state’s child welfare system. Those incidents drove child welfare and public health specialists Katherine Ortega Courtney and Dominic Cappello to examine the data. Cappello and...

First Responders Resiliency FREE event!

Santa Rosa, First Responders Resiliency, Inc., works to help First Responders and their families be physically & psychologically well through our proactive, science-based training program. We have a FREE event we are hosting on Friday 11/6 for first responder family members (children must be 16 years and older) on November 6th from 09:00 AM to 03:00 PM. Lunch will be provided as well. Please consider registering through our website,...

Job posting: Upstream Investments Manager (Sonoma County)

Posted October 23, 2020 Calling all ACEs Champions! Check out this opportunity to weave your understanding of ACEs science into local efforts! Upstream Investments Manager: Program Planning and Evaluation Analyst The ideal candidate will have: Experience implementing program evaluation models that promote evidence-based practice and support outcome-driven program design Strong background in social services research and evaluation Knowledge and experience related to the Sonoma County Upstream...

4 in 10 Sonoma County high school students are failing, educators searching for solutions before it's too late [pressdemocrat.com]

By Kerry Benefield, The Press Democrat, October 29, 2020 Nearly 4 in 10 high school students in Sonoma County have one or more failing grades and more than 7 in 10 say they feel deep anxiety about the future, a one-two punch that prompted educators across the county to convene an unprecedented meeting Tuesday to find the root of the problem and correct it before the graduation prospects of thousands of students are imperiled. About 120 teachers, counselors, principals and superintendents met...

"A Better Normal" Community Discussion: Suicide Awareness and Community Cafes

Join us on Friday November 6, 2020 from noon to 1:00 PST as we come together and join Satya Chandragiri MD, Bonnie O’Hern RN, Denise PNP, & Michael Polacek RN for a discussion around the tender issue of suicide. Together we will discuss ways people and providers can support each other and encourage communities to take action to support one another around suicide prevention, crisis intervention, and the layers of culture and structural barriers to care. A special emphasis will be on...

Today is the SCAC Meeting at 3:30

We invite anyone to attend our meetings. ALL voices are important. Please note that I am stepping into the position as Community Manager for SCAC and will be facilitating the meeting. If you have something you would like for me to add to the agenda you can email me at: elizabeth@projectwholechild.com or call (530) 329-5109. Guests welcome! Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/91864522660?...bEJWWFFhMEtSZlg4dz09 Meeting ID: 918 6452 2660 Passcode: 557951 One tap mobile...

Clallam Resilience Project's "Take Care & Be Well" Tiny Video Series

Clallam Resilience Project is facilitating a community project to create a tiny video series called "Take Care & Be Well." The series intends to share resilience skills that community members are already using, and help identify new ones. Videos can be found on the Clallam Resilience Project website or youtube channel . What resilience skills do you practice in everyday life?

Speaker Series- Educate, Inspire, Support

We hope you join us as we begin our free monthly speaker series created to educate, inspire, and support our communities during the time of COVID, firestorms, social unrest, and economic downturn. Our esteemed group of speakers will foster meaningful discussions that examine the impacts of our new normal. They will address a variety of topics that can help strengthen our children, families, and communities during these challenging times. Register at: https://calparents.org/speakerseries/

“Unite in a Common Cause”: Minnesota Tribal Communities Use NEAR Science to Address Trauma and Promote Healing

As the Minnesota trainers expected—and welcomed—the ACE trainings in tribal settings began late and lasted for hours: multiple generations of people from the White Earth and Fond du Lac communities gathering around simmering Crock-Pots of food, sharing stories, standing in line to talk with the trainers afterward. Once, a White Earth elder was the only person to show up for a presentation, recalls Linsey McMurrin, Director of Prevention Initiatives and Tribal Projects for FamilyWise Services...

"NEAR Science in Partnership with Communities": Local ACEs Collaboratives Grow Across Minnesota

The third annual gathering of Minnesota ACEs collaboratives—“Growing Resilient Communities: Collaboratives Addressing ACEs”—began with a sober recitation of inequities: We acknowledge that the wealth of this country was built on stolen land and with enslaved and underpaid labor of African American, Native, and Immigrant people…We acknowledge that the recent global uprising, which was sparked by the murder of George Floyd right here in Minnesota, paired with the COVID-19 pandemic, makes for a...

Supporting Patients in Pregnancy: ACEs and Maternal Health [acesaware.org]

This webinar will offer information around the importance of ACE screening as it relates to maternal health. Speakers will share resources for providers looking to introduce ACE screening, examples of how to create a healing environment for patients, and case studies on how to respond with trauma-informed care. Upon completion of the activity, participants should be better able to: • Recognize the science and impact of ACEs and toxic stress, understand the value of ACE screening, and apply...

Spreading the Science: Michigan's NEAR Collaborative Aims to Infuse ACEs Science into State Departments and Agencies

Mary Mueller likes to call herself an “opportunistic infection.” What that means is that Mueller, project coordinator for trauma-informed systems in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), is determined to share the science of ACEs and resilience wherever she goes. After Mueller attended the state’s first ACE master trainer two day session hosted by the Michigan ACE Initiative , she wanted to bring the foundational science shared by ACE Interface back home—to her MDHHS...

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