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A Special Invitation to the PACEs Community: 3-Part Experiential Workshop Series with La Maida Project

A special invitation to the PACEs community: Use promo code hellopaces for complimentary registration. La Maida Project (LMP) is hosting three upcoming experiential workshops aimed to create a trauma-responsive and ACEs-aware culture in all the communities and settings where you engage. LMP is working to address the mental health crisis by healing our connection to self, community, purpose, and the natural world. Our experiential education workshops emphasize the participant's felt...

Federal HHS Equity Action Plan Advances Amid New Data on Discrimination by the Health Care Workforce

There's much to follow on the current health equity radar, from advancement of the HHS’s Equity Action Plan to concerning data validating the high incidence of discrimination by the health workforce toward patients. The onset of stress and vicarious trauma for staff witnessing these events was also identified. Each of these actions will provide pause to even the most seasoned health equity warrior.

Power of Positive Experience to Improve Public Health Register now: The Montana Winter Institute Starts Monday!

(Author’s note: Photo is of Jeff Linkebach, EdD, founder of The Montana Institute , and me following a three-hour long brainstorming lunch recently at the Whole Foods in Bozeman, Montana. I’d gone to visit my two adult children in the area. Linkenbach and his family have made their home there for more than 30 years. Linkenbach and I connected several years ago via PACEs Connection as he is one of the co-founders of the HOPE (Health Outcomes from Positive Experiences) research. The Montana...

February Collective Care Through the CRC & PACEs Movement: The Way Forward for Civil & Human Rights is Trauma-Informed

Nationally recognized days of awareness remind us of important civil and human rights movements led by Black and African-American communities and social justice advocates. February puts leadership, education, access, justice, policy, and governance under the spotlight. Through a PACEs science lens, this month is an opportunity to consider trauma-informed transformation through a PACEs science lens as the way forward.

Vitamin B-12

Vitamin B-12 (cobalamin), is essentially used to treat healthy red blood cell formation, increase metabolism and energy, improve cognition, and assist in the proper breakdown of nutrients in foods (Mayo Clinic 2024). There are several foods that contain this essential vitamin to promote wellness. These include foods that are rich in protein, such as meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, fruit, fiber rich cereals, and dairy products such as milk, butter, cheese, and yogurt. B-12 is a supplement that...

What Is Implicit Bias Training?

What is Implicit Bias? Implicit bias, often described as unconscious bias, refers to the subconscious attitudes, stereotypes, or beliefs that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions toward a specific social group. Bias is rooted in societal and cultural conditioning, and formed through experiences, exposure to media, upbringing, and societal norms. Biases operate involuntarily and without our awareness, shaping our perceptions and judgments, which leads to unintended discrimination...

Caregiving for a youth who is impacted by parental substance use

We know how challenging it can be to support a youth who is impacted by the stress and stigma of a parent's substance use, and we also know that your care can be one of the greatest sources of well-being a youth can have. 1 in 5 Canadian youth grow up with the stress and stigma of a parent's substance use, and youth have said the family could be one of the greatest sources of shame AND/OR hope and healing. This space is for Canadian caregivers (Parents, aunts, uncles, Elders, grandparents)...

Cartoons for Good Mental Health

Since 2003, I have led a cartoon initiative called Cartoon Storytelling in which participants use real life experiences as prompt for a new story. Through a variety of creativity and writing exercises, participants learn about the art of cartooning while also creating a new story driven by a personal search to understand something about themselves. The stories are often motivated by a personal pain -- a response to being bullied, grappling with self-esteem issues, healing a damaged...

Healing Centered Futures through the CRC & the PACEs Movement: Announcing the CRC Fellowship, Celebrating CRC Graduates, and #GivingTuesday Campaign

Something amazing keeps happening in our CRC Accelerator program that we want to shout out from the rooftops this December. Thanks to our committed participants, the number of CRC graduates keeps increasing! The number of graduates has increased by 15x this year. As we head into a new year, w e are grateful for the unique role CRC Accelerator participants have played in expanding the PACEs movement through the willingness to explore healing-centered practices through a PACEs science lens.

New Fellowship Program Launches to Empower Graduates of the CRC Accelerator Program to Grow Resilient Communities

As the world sees an increased need for trauma-informed interventions and systems transformation, PACEs Connection proudly announces the launch of the Creating Resilient Communities (CRC) Fellowship program created to empower graduates of the CRC Accelerator program.

World Mental Health Day: Mobilizing the Human Family Through the CRC & the PACEs Movement

Awareness about health outcomes are as much about the long-term impact caused by adverse childhood experiences as they are by positive childhood experiences. By providing education on trauma-informed awareness and resilience building frameworks, the CRC Accelerator certification is a tool for both.

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