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November 2022

Resources Now Available in Mandarin and Vietnamese [positiveexperience.org/category/blog]

By Laura Gallant, 11/3/22, https://positiveexperience.org/category/blog/ Over the summer, two of our high school interns , Emily Chen and Alina Ngo, worked on a project to translate HOPE resources into Mandarin and Vietnamese. One resource is an interactive worksheet that allows families to identify the building blocks that they practice and how they are accessing each building block. This worksheet can help service providers bring forward the positive aspects of a family’s lived experience...

We know how to help young kids cope with the trauma of the last year — but will we do it? [hechingerreport.org]

By Jackie Mader, Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report, The Hechinger Report, October 25, 2022 At the beginning of 2020, Brisandi Ruiz was hopeful about the year ahead. Her two-year-old was enrolled in a high-quality preschool program near their home in Greenbelt, Maryland. The office manager of a medical technician company, Ruiz was working to validate her medical degree from her home country of the Dominican Republic, so she could practice medicine in the United States. Her husband,...

California needs more Latinx therapists — but the mental health field is still full of barriers to entry [centerforhealthjournalism.org]

By Blanca Torres, Illustration: Anna Vignet/KQED, Center for Health Journalism, October 27, 2022 Growing up in Daly City, Eric Valladares remembers hearing how his parents and extended family fled El Salvador during the country’s 12-year civil war that ended in 1992. After settling in California, some members struggled financially, finding it hard to adjust to a country where they didn’t speak the language and felt like outsiders. His family never discussed how they coped with those traumas...

Why unhoused people in the US are choosing to go to jail: ‘I kept reoffending’

By Wilson Criscione, Photo: Erick Doxey/InvestigateWest, The Guardian, November 2, 2022 C hris Carver waits in the courtroom for two hours before his name is called. Spokane municipal judge Mary Logan tells him to stand: “We’re dealing with your case now.” He struggles to his feet. His beard is shabby. Branch-like tattoos wind around his eyes. He flashes a boyish grin through weary eyes. Judge Logan faces him from the bench, an American flag draped behind her: “So, Mr Carver, you want to...

City Voices Interview with Ayesha Karim

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2QNA9gj0Sk I like connecting with people. I used to do NAMI Connection peer support for NAMI Mercer NJ. I am looking for a part-time job. I have a BA in English and Writing from NJ City University. I finished a course with The Institute of Children's Literature. I am trying to get a used SUV. I got my license a few months ago. Thank you for interviewing me Dan Have a good weekend

Pandemic led to sharp spike in Black, Asian and Latino homeownership [washingtonpost.com]

By Abha Bhattarai and Alyssa Fowers, Photo: Camille Lenain/The Washington Post, The Washington Post, November 1, 2022 The pandemic housing boom marked a new — though possibly short-lived — entrée into homeownership for Black, Asian and Latino families, many of whom had for years been sidelined into the much costlier rental market. Helped by pandemic-era stimulus programs, Black, Latino and Asian households saw the sharpest increase in homeownership in 2021 since the Great Recession, when all...

Many States Omit Climate Education. These Teachers Are Trying to Slip It In. [nytimes.com]

By Winston Choi-Schagrin, Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/The New York Times, November 1, 2022 In mid-October, just two weeks after Hurricane Ian struck her state, Bertha Vazquez asked her class of 7th graders to go online and search for information about climate change. Specifically, she tasked them to find sites that cast doubt on its human causes and who paid for them. It was a sophisticated exercise for the 12-year olds, Ms. Vazquez said, teaching them to discern climate facts from a mass of...

Smiling faces might help the drug ketamine keep depression at bay [npr.org]

By Jon Hamilton, Photo: akinbostanci/Getty Images, National Public Radio, October 31, 2022 Computer games designed to boost self-esteem appear to prolong the antidepressant benefits of the mind-bending anesthetic ketamine. A recent study of 154 people found that those who played games featuring smiling faces and positive messages remained free of depression up to three months after a ketamine infusion, a team reports in the American Journal of Psychiatry . The results are important because...

How An Emotional Detox Can Help People Of Color Cope With Racial Trauma [forbes.com]

By Maia Niguel Hoskin, Photo: Getty Images, Forbes, October 30, 2022 Exposure to racism, discrimination, and other forms of racial trauma have been proven to cause various mental health challenges, which can easily exacerbate general obstacles that are faced in everyday life. Many people of color report being overwhelmed by their thoughts and responsibilities to the point they feel stuck in quicksand. Some also feel drained and exhausted. Which can cause some people to feel emotionally out...

On Guam there is no birdsong, you cannot imagine the trauma of a silent island [theguardian.com]

By Julian Aguon, Illustration: Kate Nolan/The Guardian, The Guardian, October 31, 2022 For about as long as I’ve been alive, there have been no sihek on the island of Guam . The sihek, or the Guam kingfisher, is a beautiful blue-gold songbird that’s been extirpated in the wild since the 1980s. Like most of Guam’s native birds – 10 out of 12 native species – the sihek rapidly declined after the introduction of the invasive brown tree snake brought to the island after the second world war as a...

Start your own book study of ‘Girls on the Brink’ by Donna Jackson Nakazawa!

"Extremely important" and "very needed" were among the comments of the nearly 100 attendees of the second Connecting Communities One Book at a Time book study webinar when they described Girls on the Brink: Helping Our Daughters Thrive in an Era of Increased Anxiety, Depression, and Social Media . The book, published on September 13, 2022, was the focus of a conversation between the author, Donna Jackson Nakazawa , and Carey Sipp, PACEs Connection director of strategic partnerships, on...

History. Culture. Trauma. — Encore Presentation — News Media Suck at Violence Reporting. How can media also heal?

Long-time health, science and technology journalist and PACEs Connection publisher Jane Stevens joins PACEs Connection CEO Ingrid Cockhren to do a deep dive into why people aren’t getting an accurate picture about violence in their communities in this week’s encore edition of History. Culture. Trauma. on Thursday at 1 p.m. PT; 4 p.m. ET. According to Stevens, the state of violence reporting boils down to this, “The news media are unintentionally providing misinformation about violence.

Highly-honored school nurse and nurse educator Robin Cogan calls PACEs Connection her ‘north star’; urges each member’s support!

Note: PACEs Connection is in dire financial straits. We are asking for support, from you, our 57,505 members, to help cover the loss of foundation funding that was promised and did not come through. Pay and hours have been cut for our staff—most of us will be laid off for the month of December. Another grant will pick up in January. Since sounding the alarm this summer, we’ve raised about $24,000 . To get a sense of who your fellow members are, who is donating and why, please enjoy and share...

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