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Taking an ACEs History -- Who's Doing It and How?

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World Mental Health Day - California Takes Initiative in Battling Depression [thehill.com]

By Joan Cook, The Hill, October 10, 2019 Today is World Mental Health Day. And, California, a state with 10 percent of the U.S. population, just announced that it’s introducing the first toll-free statewide mental health line for non-emergency emotional support and referrals. What a wonderful way to kick off this occasion. This Peer-Run Warm Line is a reason to celebrate. As a psychologist, I’ve witnessed first-hand the emotional pains people carry, and how hard it is for them to come in for...
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5 Questions: Kenneth Paul Rosenberg on Why Mental Illness is 'The Greatest Social Crisis of Our Time' [inquirer.com]

By Sandy Bauers, The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 23, 2019 In 1946, Life magazine published an exposé on mental hospitals, focusing on the Philadelphia State Hospital at Byberry. The title: “Bedlam 1946.” That dreadful facility, like so many others, eventually closed. A good thing? Not completely, according to Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, who maintains that people simply went from one horrific situation to another, from the grossly inadequate institutions to the dangerous streets. In neither...
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A Free Course for Health Care Professionals: Help Your Patients Hack Their Brains for Better Health [drjud.com]

By Jud Brewer, Dr. Jud, October 2019 With a growing public interest in and research base underlying mindfulness, clinicians are increasingly interested in learning what it is, how it works, what research is credible, and how to help their patients. This seminar series will help primary care providers understand how our brains form unhealthy habits that lead to common yet difficult to treat conditions such as obesity and anxiety, what mindfulness is (and isn’t), how mindfulness works in the...
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ACEs Science Champions Series: A Working Ranch Integrates ACEs and Animals into Treatment for Teens

Sylvia Paull ·
Although it’s too soon to tell if integrating trauma-informed and resilience-building practices based on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) sciences is making a difference for the teens living at Home on the Range , a residential treatment center in Sentinel Butte, ND, it’s made a huge difference for the people who work there. They now understand that kids aren’t born bad. “ACEs has enlightened us,” says Mike Gooch, clinical program director for the center, which is located on a 1,600-acre...
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ACEs Community Spotlight Series: Dr. Richard Honigman, Central Nassau Pediatrics

Margaret Wayne ·
For our second community spotlight interview, I spoke with Dr. Richard Honigman, a pediatrician at Central Nassau Pediatrics in Levittown and infant mental health advocate. We discussed the importance of addressing childhood adversity and the relevant work he is doing both inside and outside his practice. Please note that responses have been adjusted for length and clarity. Dr. Honigman is also the first recipient of the 2019 Ed Tronick Award for Distinguished Contribution to Infant-Parent...
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ACEs teach us why racism is a health equity Issue: Dr. Flojaune Cofer (Part One)

Dr. Flojaune Cofer and Ben Duncan , each from public health backgrounds that focus on health disparities, addressed ACEs in the context of health equity for their panel entitled ACEs, Race, and Health Equity: Understanding and Addressing the Role of Race and Racism in ACEs Exposure and Healing . Cofer and Duncan co-presented to a standing-room-only audience at the 2018 ACEs Conference: Action to Access co-hosted by ACEs Connection and the Center for Youth Wellness Oct.16-17 in San Francisco.
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Adverse childhood experiences in the news: Successes and opportunities in coverage of childhood trauma (www.bmsg.org)

Please find excerpts from a piece published in Issue 24 of the Berkeley Media Studies Group about where and how ACEs are covered in the news. It was published a few months ago but I missed it and am thankful it was shared with me last week. and Click here to read full-length version and for a downloadable pdf.
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Are you screening for ACEs?

  More and more people from across different sectors are screening people for ACEs . They’re also educating them about ACEs at the same time. I’m working on a couple of stories — one is about home visiting programs in Washington...
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California's First Surgeon General: Screen Every Student for Childhood Trauma [nbcnews.com]

By Patrice Gaines, NBC News, October 11, 2019 Dr. Nadine Burke Harris has an ambitious dream: screen every student for childhood trauma before entering school. "A school nurse would also get a note from a physician that says: 'Here is the care plan for this child's toxic stress. And this is how it shows up,'" said Burke Harris, who was appointed California's first surgeon general in January. "It could be it shows up in tummy aches. Or it's impulse control and behavior, and we offer a care...
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California unveils ACEs Aware initiative to screen for trauma

Will screening for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in California be mandatory? No, but it’s recommended. Will there be training for physicians and staff on how to screen? Yes. Who will be reimbursed for screening patients in California? Physicians who serve patients in the state’s Medi-Cal program — for now. For more answers to these and other questions that surfaced during a Dec. 4 webinar introducing Californians to a new statewide initiative, read on. Come January 1, California will...
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Children's Behavior Health Clinic Integrates ACEs to Tailor Treatment

Sylvia Paull ·
When children and their parents first visit  Northeast Treatment Centers (NET) Children’s Behavior Health Services  in Philadelphia, they fill out a 10-question survey about their adverse childhood experiences so that therapists can...
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Come Chat with Dr. Claudia M. Gold: An ACE-Informed Pediatrician

Date: July 11th Time: 10 AM PST / 1 PM EST Location: Parenting with ACEs Group , Online Flyer: Attached below. Please share. Dr. Claudia M. Gold has practiced general and behavioral pediatrics for 25 years and specializes in early childhood mental health. She is on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts, Boston Infant-Parent Mental Health program, William James College, and the Austen Riggs Center where she is a Human Development consultant. Dr. Gold is author of the following...
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Customizing ACEs Screening for High School Students in Santa Rosa, CA

Sylvia Paull ·
When students show up for an appointment at the Elsie Allen Health Center , which is located on the Elsie Allen High School campus in Santa Rosa, CA, one of the first things they do is take an ACE survey. Instead of answering the...
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Dauphin County, PA ACE score

Ellen Smith ·
Greetings all, In Dauphin County, PA, where the Capitol Harrisburg is located, we offer all participants an anonymous and optional opportunity to complete an ACE score sheet when we are showing the Film Resilience or presenting about ACEs, Resilience and/or Trauma-Informed Approaches. We also, immediately, share the collective ACE score of the group that is receiving the presentation. The offerings have been to educators, county employees, faith communities and others. We also provided this...
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Dozens of Kaiser Permanente pediatricians in Northern California screen three-year-olds for ACEs

Since August 2016, more than 300 three-year-olds who visited Kaiser Permanente’s pediatric clinics in Hayward and San Leandro have been screened for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), such as living with a family member who is an alcoholic or losing a parent to separation or divorce. But when the idea to screen toddlers and their families for ACEs was first broached at the Kaiser Permanente Hayward Medical Center, the staff were, in a word, “angsty,” says Dr. Paul Espinas, who led the...
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Dr. Vincent J. Felitti, M.D. has been recognized with the Albert Einstein Award of Medicine by the International Association of Who’s Who [kentuckyreports.com]

By Kentucky Reports, November 9, 2019 Dr. Vincent J. Felitti has over 50 years of experience in the field of Internal Medicine with extensive knowledge in the areas of childhood trauma, the genetic disease Hemochromatosis, and obesity. Serving as a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California since 1982, Dr. Felitti’s knowledge and experience is broad and significantly biopsychosocial. Dr. Felitti achieved his Medical Degree from Johns Hopkins in 1962 after being inspired...
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Early prototype of the ACE Toolkit online!

Thomas Peter Berntsen ·
Hi guys, Just wanted to let you know that I got an early prototype of the ACE Toolkit (with very limited screening and reporting functionality) up on http://resixorg.github.io/ace-toolkit/ and ready for some initial feedback. It's been designed in a responsive way, which means that it should display well on smartphones, tablets, and ordinary PCs/Macs. So try and enter the address into your smartphone and see what happens. :-) It being an early prototype means that I have a lot of future...
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Emergency Department Admissions for Child Sexual Abuse in the United States from 2010 to 2016 [jamanetwork.com]

By Jesse J. Helton, Jason T. Carbone, et al., JAMA Pediatrics, November 4, 2019 For children who have been sexually abused, emergency department (ED) professionals provide immediate medical care, including testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, prophylaxis for potential HIV exposure, and emergency contraception. In some cases, ED clinicians conduct forensic examinations to assist with child protection and criminal investigations. Physicians and nurses in EDs are among the...
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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,...
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Integrating ACEs increases hope for healing at One Hope United in Illinois

Ed Finkel reported this story for the ACEs Connection Network. It's about how One Hope United in Illinois is integrating ACEs education in its work with kids and families. They include a modified version of the ACE questionnaire in their work.  One Hope United attempts to lead those affected by childhood trauma down a Healing Path. That’s the name of a three-year-old program that has brought a different approach to helping people with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). The...
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Nadine Burke-Harris presents at Grand Rounds at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

A live streamed presentation on August 4 by Nadine Burke-Harris, MD followed by a question and answer session (each segment is about an hour) was given at Grand Rounds at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. The high demand from users not present at the event caused technical difficulties—something that had never happened at Grand Rounds before. Thanks to Elizabeth Hudson, Director of the Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health, for this excellent resource. Here are the links: Grand...
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NPPC's Pilot Site Case Studies: Lessons Learned from ACEs Screening Implementation

Molly Peterson ·
The Center for Youth Wellness' National Pediatric Practice Community on ACES (NPPC) is a co-designed community committed to collaborative learning. To promote this learning, we have been working with six pilot sites over the last year, representing practices of various sizes and service delivery settings, to implement ACEs screening and intervention. Beyond supporting these practices with the logistics of implementation, the broader goal was to discover and share real-world best practices,...
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Philadelphia AIDS clinic surveys youth drop-ins for ACEs

Sylvia Paull ·
When the Youth Health Empowerment Project, a Philadelphia program for youth aged 13 to 24, did ACE surveys of those who visited their drop-in center over three weeks, it found that 81 percent had a score of 4 or more. That’s a significant result, because, based on the  CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study , an ACE score of 4 greatly increases the risk of health and social problems, including heart disease, alcoholism, cancer, autoimmune diseases,...
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Pueblo, CO, clinic rewrites the book on primary medical care by asking patients about their childhood adversity

In October 2015 in Pueblo, CO, the staff members of a primary care medical clinic – Southern Colorado Family Medicine at the St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center – start asking parents of newborn babies to kids five years old about the parents’ adverse childhood experiences and the resilience factors in their lives. They ask the same questions of pregnant women and their partners in the hospital’s high-risk obstetrics clinic. The results are so positive after the first year that the clinic starts...
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Screening for ACEs in Maine

Sue Mackey Andrews ·
Maine is moving towards several exciting initiatives related to actively utilizing ACEs in a variety of settings, and in the development of a Maine-focused screening that could be used by multiple sectors that expands the original ACEs 10 questions...
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Screening for ACEs in Pediatric Practice [American Academy of Pediatrics - CA Chapter 2]

By Ariane Marie-Mitchell, American Academy of Pediatrics, October 2019 In the August newsletter, we provided an overview of the definition and impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) (http://aapca2.org/aces). In this article, we will explore the argument in favor of screening for ACEs in pediatric practice, and describe the process and results of a California state advisory group on screening for trauma. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended screening for toxic stress...
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Screening for ACEs- Juvenile Probation

Dr. Cathy Anthofer-Fialon ·
Currently the court I work in rural, Northern Michigan we are screening all youth in the county I work who enter the justice system. They are screened for ACEs in the pre-disposition phase. This is the same time they are screened for substance abuse...
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Shasta Health Center Screening Parents for ACEs

Shasta Community Health Center The trust that many families feel for their child's doctor makes the primary care setting an essential place to screen for ACEs and begin the conversation with caregivers about potential risks to their child's health and well-being. Their experience has shown that when risk is identified and assessed early on, there is a better chance of offering interventions that prevent long-term health and behavioral problems. Screening for ACEs is also an opportunity to...
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Substance-abuse doc says: Stop chasing the drug! Focus on ACEs.

He says: Addiction shouldn’t be called “addiction”. It should be called “ritualized compulsive comfort-seeking”. He says: Ritualized compulsive comfort-seeking (what traditionalists call addiction) is a normal response to the adversity experienced in childhood, just like bleeding is a normal response to being stabbed. He says: The solution to changing the illegal or unhealthy ritualized compulsive comfort-seeking behavior of opioid addiction is to address a person’s adverse childhood...
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Taking ACEs Histories for Mothers Recovering from Substance Abuse

Sylvia Paull ·
The aptly named Great Starts program at the Helen Ross McNabb Center in Knoxville, TN, provides a six-to-nine month residential treatment and two-year follow-up program for pregnant mothers and moms with newborns recovering from substance abuse. Earlier this year, curious about the early childhood history of its residents, the center started asking the women about their ACEs history. The results would not have been surprising to those familiar with ACEs: Of the 16 moms who filled out the...
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Taking an ACEs History -- Who's Doing It and How?

Robert Olcott ·
I was amazed to learn a bit of how Vermont is responding to this matter, in response to the 2013 Legislature's House Bill 762. I did find the instruction manual that the World Health Organization (WHO) uses with their ACE International Questionaire (and the translation function, as well), to be quite comprehensive. The WHO ACE Questionaire and 'instruction manual/comments' can be found on the WHO website.  
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The Center for Youth Wellness Launches Childhood Adversity Screening Program with Leading North Carolina Health Systems [ptcommunity.com]

By Jessica Gardezy, Center for Youth Wellness, December 3, 2019 The Center for Youth Wellness (CYW) announced today it is partnering with two leading U.S. health systems in the Southeast to launch a screening program on childhood adversity. CYW's National Pediatric Practice Community (NPPC) has done on-site training at the headquarters of Atrium Health and Novant Health in Charlotte, N.C., in preparation for trauma screening at six pediatric clinics across the city. The Charlotte-based...
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Pioneering Research Study on Child-Parent Psychotherapy Incorporates ACEs

Sylvia Paull ·
The  Child Parent Project , a five-year, $3 million federally funded project in Philadelphia, is the first research study in the U.S. partnering with public health agencies and family courts to gauge the impact of child-parent psychotherapy (CPP)...
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The Decline of Empathy: A Hopeful Solution (www.claudiamgoldmd.blogspot.com)

Here is an excerpt from a recent blog post by Dr. Claudia M. Gold. Pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton was among the first to recognize the tremendous capacity of the newborn for complex connection and communication. Developmental psychologist Ed Tronick, drawing on this observation, designed the famous Still-Face Experiment to show the devastation, for both parent and baby, when they struggle to connect. Extensive research at the interface of developmental psychology, neuroscience, and...
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The Prevalence of Trauma and Childhood Adversity in an Urban, Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Program

Abstract: Hospitals represent a promising locus for preventing recurrent interpersonal violence and its psychological sequella. We conducted a cross-sectional analysis to assess the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and adverse...
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To Build a "Trauma-Informed Community" Start With Babies (www.psychologytoday.com) & Dr. Claudia Gold

Cissy's note: This article was written by the same @Claudia Gold who was the featured guest in one of our Parenting with ACEs chats . Here are excerpts from her article published in Psychology Today.
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Troubled moms and dads learn how to parent with ACEs

A father in county jail is ordered to take a parenting class, but isn’t too enthusiastic about it. As part of the class, he learns about the ACE Study, and does his own ACE score. “Oh my god!” he announces to the class. “I have 7 ACEs.” His mother’s an alcoholic. His dad’s been in and out of jail. He himself started dealing drugs at age 11, and doing drugs at 14. “I’ve got two kids at home experiencing the same things I did,” he says. The light bulb goes on. A few days after a woman who’s...
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UCSFTrauma  Screening Tool for Statewide Initiative to Combat Adverse Childhood Experiences.

Roger Kluck ·
UCSF News Services: California Selects UCSFTrauma Screening Tool for Statewide Initiative to Combat Adverse Childhood Experiences.http://ucsf.edu/news/2019/12/416111/california-selects-ucsf-trauma-screening-tool-statewide-initiative-combat
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Using the ACE questionnaire in practice -- Dr. Rahil Briggs, Montefiore Medical Center

Here is the video of a 50-minute presentation that Dr. Rahil Briggs did in October 2014 for the Alberta (Canada) Family Wellness Initiative. http://www.albertafamilywellness.org/resources/video/using-the-ace-questionnaire-in-practice From the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative website: Dr. Rahil Briggs (Healthy Steps at Montefiore) sees nurturing childhood experiences that build brains for life-long mental health as the foundation of a successful society. Dr. Briggs found the easiest and...
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Using Visual Storytelling to Inform About ACEs

Thomas Peter Berntsen ·
Hi guys, I'm a big fan of visual storytelling, as a story told well can touch both the hearts and minds of those learning about it, and telling stories visually, e.g. through movies or interactive graphics, can engage people in ways that writing cannot (and especially children and young adults, which are important demographics). I made a crude prototype of a scribe-based visual storytelling about the ACE Toolkit (that will go though a number of iterations before it's anywhere complete, but...
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Why Screen (for ACEs) if there are no Services? (Pediatric News)

Alicia St. Andrews ·
This is an older article but it is appropriate for us as we seek system changes (in all systems affected by Adverse Childhood Experiences) including the Health Care System:  The article is from last year's Pediatric News and is by Dr. Howard who...
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Taking an ACEs History -- Who's doing it and how

Robert Olcott ·
I didn't see some of the discussions I'd read elsewhere, about HOW folks are taking ACEs History, and some concerns that have been raised. Since at least five different "screens" were mentioned [such as the World Health Organization's ACE International Questionaire, and one in use by Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris-which includes more that 10 ACE categories, etc.] I thought we might want to include links to those other group posts. I don't immediately recall if they were in State...
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The use of ACE scores for individuals

Andrew Turner ·
*Repost from General Discussion Board https://www.acesconnection.com/topic/the-use-of-ace-scores-for-individuals Hi, has anybody got any links to peer-reviewed journal articles where an individual's ACE score/questionnaire is used to inform practice? I know it's fairly common practice now in some areas to enquire about ACEs, but I struggle to find any papers describing how that information is then used. Would be good to find some examples where, say, a score of four leads to a more targeted...
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using the ace questionnaire for children

Leony Coppens ·
Hi there, has anyone adapted the ace-questionnaire so you can use it for children (asking the parents about possible ace's of their children)? If so what are your experiences?
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ACEs Screening Survey

Do you or your organization screen for adverse childhood experiences? If so, how? Here are a few questions.
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Re: Pioneering Research Study on Child-Parent Psychotherapy Incorporates ACEs

Robert Olcott ·
I wonder if the greater detail in the World Health Organization's modified 18 question ACE screening questionaire would give these various agencies more substantive detail to work more effectively ... ? ? ?
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Re: Screening for ACEs in Maine

Former Member ·
Very interesting I am really excited to learn about this!!!!
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Re: Screening for ACEs in Maine

Leslie Lieberman ·
Sue very exciting to hear of your progress and appreciate all the sensitivity also to the impact of asking the questions and the inclusion of questions about resilience. Please keep us posted on this!
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Re: Screening for ACEs in Maine

Sue Mackey Andrews ·
Will keep folks informed as this effort unfolds and share our learning and experiences. Thanks!
 
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