Community Leaders Tell Their ACEs Success Stories at 2016 ACEs Conference in California

(l to r) Teri Barila, director of the Children's Resilience Initiative; Dr. Ariane Marie-Mitchell, assistant professor in Loma Linda University Preventive Medicine and Pediatric Depts. (Photo: Jennifer Hossler) _________________________________ Sauntering on stage to the beat of Everyday People by Sly and the Family Stone, four “heroes” of the ACEs movement took their seats for a panel on trauma-informed and resilience-building communities on October 21, the last day of the 2016 Adverse...

Children’s Resilience Initiative (CRI) has decorated the city of Walla Walla for October

CRI is artfully informing the eyes and minds of Walla Walla visitors and residents to see a new light. Flags wave from street lights, a banner fly’s over 2 nd Avenue, and a comment box that engages pedestrians at town square reads “Heart Matters. What is on yours?” Timely and pertinent information about how to join the movement to restore, improve, and reform our society.

What does FUN have to do with brain function?

Now I know why Rick Griffin is so well loved by the Walla Walla community. I joined a group of 40 people last night and engaged in an entertaining evening of fun and learning. We played games and laughed while Rick directed the fun and informed us about the importance of community care. One of the games we played gave us the direct experience of caring for others. I was amazed how good I felt after an hour of learning and games. Then today as I sat in a critical thinking class at WWCC I...

Early Childhood Emotional and Social Development Skills - according to our No. 4 showcase partner Yolanda Esquivel, THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE!!

Mental health costs have been a constantly increasing burden on our society, until recently. As the Director of the Inspired Development Center Yolanda Esquivel promotes early childhood social and emotional education as a key solution to curb the high costs of mental health care that has grown out of proportion over the past several decades. Yolanda claims the adult skill building capacity of her staff was recently transformed after she completed the Head Start Trauma Smart Training...

Banners of Science and Hope Fly High in Walla Walla

The child may not remember, but the body remembers. Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the new documentary Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience , however,...

Official Proclamation - 4th Annual Resilience Awareness Month in Walla Walla

Mayor Allen Pomraning would like residents of Walla Walla to become informed about ACEs and support the work of the Children’s Resilience Initiative (CRI). CRI works tirelessly to mobilize the community through dialogue and action to radically reduce the number of ACEs while building individual and community resilience. 7 Quick Ways to Get Involved Create a self-care action plan now ! Find ideas in Resources and the Online Resilience Store on our website, http://resiliencetrumpsaces.org/...

Compassion - Play it Forward

Partner Showcase #3 - Michelle Higgins If compassionate police officers deserve purple hearts – what do trauma informed teachers deserve? A few weeks ago I posted an article titled Purple Hearts, Compassion and De-traumatizing. That article acknowledged Sergeant Braman for his heroic courage to exercise compassion in an often brutal world of law enforcement. There is no substitute for educating professionals who yield the power to transform our world into a safe place through compassion.

Ready for October

Effectively communicating a message in 15 seconds can take hours to formulate. After spending weeks, months and years upgrading our most current phrase “resilience trumps ACEs”, our own resilience was getting exhausted. A simpler more meaningful message was necessary to capture attention and create new awareness. If we hadn’t practiced resilience training ourselves we might have never accomplished our task. Teri Barila kept bouncing ideas my way. I kept researching to understand why...

How Community Networks Stem Childhood Traumas [NYTimes.com]

[Ed. note: This is the second of a three-part series that David Bornstein is doing on how communities are integrating trauma-informed and resilience-building practices based on ACEs science.] Liberals and conservatives often disagree about the causes of poverty and other social ills. Broadly speaking, liberals point the finger at structural factors and advocate for policy changes, while conservatives look to individuals and families and favor behavior changes. Clearly, both points of view...

Who is Responsible?

Everyone wants to flourish in their own uniqueness because the ability to express our individuality is the point of origin to live a self-sufficient and fulfilling life. Our individual ability to feel safe to unplug from cultural norms is the beginning of our ability to thrive in a healthy environment. And no environment can be healthy for everyone until everyone feels safe to express their truth. And if one person lives in an unhealthy environment, everyone lives in an unhealthy...

New Study Shows Communities Can Reduce the Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences [Mathematic Policy Research]

[ Ed. note: Following is a media release published yesterday by Mathematica Policy Research. This follows on the heals of the report, "Self-Healing Communities" that Laura Porter, Dr. Robert Anda and WHO wrote for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Both reports and executive summaries are attached to this blog post. Both reports are significant, because they show that community ACEs initiatives -- with "modest investments and limited staff" -- are solving some of our most intractable...

Tapping a Troubled Neighborhood’s Inner Strength [NYTimes.com]

[First of three articles] Ten years ago, Patsy Hite, 70, rarely left her home at night. “I heard a lot of sirens so I always kept to myself,” she said. Hite lives in the Highlands, a 40-block section in Longview, a city in Cowlitz County in southwestern Washington. The Highlands is home to about 5,000 residents. The neighborhood is adjacent to an industrial district, and was hit hard by the loss of jobs in the timber and manufacturing industries. Long-term unemployment has brought blight,...

EVERYONE IS A LEADER -- Partner Showcase #2

Roger B. Bairstow exemplifies one man who is making a difference because he supports a leadership model with a primal desire to serve the well being of people. Roger directs Human Relations and Corporate Responsibility at Broetje Orchards, one of the largest privately owned apple orchards in the United States. Broetje Orchards has a reputation for implementing trauma-informed practices even before the term was coined and they uphold their integrity by following Robert Greenleaf’s test: Do...

Resilience tips

I was asked to prepare a one-pager to use following screenings of Paper Tigers , or in conjunction with using the ACE Questionnaire. While hard to capture all I wanted in one page, here is the product, in case it might be of use to others. ~~One reminder, from Dr. Rob Anda- it is very important that the ACE Questionnaire never be used as a diagnostic test. He reiterated this at the April 2016 Science of Hope Seattle WA. conference hosted by Healthy Generations. Now that you’ve watched Paper...

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