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October 2021

'Health equity tourists': How white scholars are colonizing research on health disparities [statnews.com]

By Usha Lee McFarling, STAT, September 23, 2021 F ueled by the massive health disparities exposed by the coronavirus pandemic and the racial reckoning that followed the murder of George Floyd, health equity research is now in vogue. Journals are clamoring for it, the media is covering it, and the National Institutes of Health, after publicly apologizing for giving the field short shrift, recently announced it would unleash nearly $100 million for research on the topic. This would seem to be...

Central VA TICNs Meet with First Lady Pamela Northam

The First Lady of Virginia's Road to Resilience Tour continued this week with a virtual stop highlighting the trauma-informed community networks (TICNs) in Central Virginia. The Southside TICN hosted the second Community Conversation of the month with representatives from three additional networks in attendance, including Greater Richmond TICN, Caroline Virginia Community Resilience Network (CRN), and Blue Ridge CRN. The conversation was facilitated by Melissa McGinn, Director of Community...

This International Day Of The Girl, Girls Lead In Tech [globalfundforwomen.org]

By Aissata Sall, Global Fund for Women, October 11, 2021 Last week, a whistleblower testified to US Congress about failures at Facebook, including that Facebook knows Instagram is toxic for teenage girls and that its algorithms promote harmful content, particularly around body image. We need an investigation of the data presented by the Facebook whistleblower—moreover policymakers should enact regulations holding tech companies accountable. Many—including those who are most impacted by tech...

Poll: As the Delta Variant Continues, 38 Percent of U.S. Households Report Facing Serious Financial Problems Despite Two-Thirds Receiving Government Assistance [rwjf.org]

From Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, October 12, 2021 According to an NPR/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health poll, 38 percent of U.S. households report facing serious financial problems in the past few months, as the delta variant outbreak has extended health and economic problems faced by households over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic ( see Figure 1 ). These serious financial problems are cited despite 67 percent of U.S. households reporting they...

How Small-Scale Landlords Work with Tenants to Avoid Evictions [housingmatters.urban.org]

By John Balzarini, Melody L. Boyd, Housing Matters, October 2021 As the nation grapples with affordability pressures and an eviction crisis exacerbated by the pandemic, understanding small-scale landlords’ role in maintaining affordability and navigating evictions is critical. Landlords serve as gatekeepers to the country’s limited supply of affordable rental housing—making key decisions about who to rent to, rental prices, eviction procedures, and the maintenance and preservation of their...

WHO honors Henrietta Lacks, a Black American whose cells were taken without consent and used in vaccine research [washingtonpost.com]

By Adela Suliman, The Washington Post, October 13, 2021 Henrietta Lacks is set to be honored Wednesday by the World Health Organization in Geneva for her enduring contribution to medical science, more than 70 years after her cells were taken without her consent during a 1951 hospital visit in Baltimore. Descendants of Lacks, a Black American, will meet with WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in Switzerland to acknowledge her legacy and “contribution to revolutionary advancements...

Due Tommorrow! Trauma-informed Aces Screening & Intervention Evaluation (TASIE) Demonstration Project [safeandsound.org]

According to the National Survey of Children’s Health, 34.8 million children across the United States are impacted by ACEs. ACEs are exposures in childhood to abuse, neglect, parental incarceration, divorce, or domestic violence that have been shown to affect virtually every domain in which a child functions. ACEs are associated with health impairment across the life course and are strongly related to the prevalence of numerous health problems (Felitti, et. al, 1998). The Trauma-informed...

SCAC takes part with many organizations to provide Positive Childhood Experiences

Sonoma County ACES Connection was one of 30 organizations to come together and take part in Sebastopol's [California] Peacetown Family Village to provide children and families opportunities to make positive social connections, promote awareness/outreach, and share resources and programming. This led to maximizing resources, building community, and exposing children to Positive Childhood Experiences. Enjoy the video and please feel free to share:

Overeating: An ACEs Coping Mechanism? by Dr. Alman & Dr. Felitti

We know a high ACE score is connected to “substance-related disorders,” but it’s often overlooked that food can be that substance of choice, too. Learn why overeating and the resulting weight gain can be a symptom of unresolved ACEs and what Dr. Alman & Dr. Felitti are doing with Relish Life to bring a powerful, scientifically proven solution to the world.

NJ ACEs Collaborative ACEs Screening Position Release - 10/14/2021

Trenton – New Jersey’s ACEs Collaborative today announced that screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) by care providers should be used as a means to provide assistance and referrals to children and families, not as a diagnostic or treatment tool. In a position paper released today, the Collaborative – a coalition of state-based foundations, the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, and its Office of Resilience – advised that ACE screening results are an opportunity for...

Position Statement: Social Equity In New Jersey Demands Appropriate Use of The ACE Study

The New Jersey ACES Collaborative1 is committed to pursuing a standard of excellence in the engagement, partnering, and servicing of New Jersey residents and communities. This commitment demands we continuously review and assess the unique and comprehensive ways we provide that service. In 2019, the Collaborative released Adverse Childhood Experiences: Opportunities to Prevent, Protect Against, and Heal from the Effects of ACEs in New Jersey. This report identified five areas of...

Introducing a New HOPEful Conversations Workshop Series [positiveexperience.org/blog]

By Guest Author, 10/14/21, positiveexperience.org/blog The HOPE National Resource Center is excited to kick off a public workshop series of HOPEful Conversations . Join us as we get practical about what HOPE looks like in a variety of different settings from healthcare and early childhood to communities, K-12 education, and social services. We will be opening the series on November 10 from 1-2 p.m. ET . Members of the HOPE team will talk about the basic HOPE framework and some of their...

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