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Jeoff Gordon sees PACEs science, PACEs Connection playing a vital role in ‘relieving some of the most anguishing pain in our society.’

Note: PACEs Connection is in dire financial straits. We are asking for support, from you, our 57,586 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, but we will still be underfunded. Since sounding the alarm this summer, we’ve raised about $26,000 . Thankfully, about 25% of new donors are making monthly...

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...

Can government policy reduce trauma?

One of the most radical implications of the literature on early childhood trauma is that abuse needs to be eliminated from all of our relationships—with our families, teachers, colleagues, and government . When government leaders create a new policy, they can proceed in a way that dis-empowers constituents, or they can proceed in a way that fosters dialogue and shared decision-making. Ironically, the development and implementation of California’s policy to address childhood trauma provides...

Decolonizing Healthcare Education and Practice (nonprofitquarterly.org)

Anna Tarazevich on pexels.com Author: To read Sonia Sarkar's article, please click here. In their new book, Inflamed , doctors Rupa Marya and Raj Patel explore how colonialism makes us sick while also shaping our core beliefs about how healthcare providers should make us better. For example, Lakota elders in the book describe the forces that led to widespread prevalence of diabetes in their communities: colonizers arrived and dammed a river that traditionally fertilized a rich river valley...

American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) Recommends against Pediatric ACE Screening

A just-published article reports that the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) recommends against pediatric ACE screening but strongly supports continuing surveillance of ACEs along with protective factors in the population as a way to identify public health and other policies that can prevent adversity and toxic stress. Their report highlights Dr. Robert Anda’s (and colleagues) commentary that notes that ACE scores are neither a diagnostic tool nor predictive at the individual...

How to Help Survivors of Extreme Climate Events (psychologytoday.com)

By Elaine Miller-Karas MSW, LCSW Building Resiliency to Trauma Psychology Today, September 30, 2022 Mental health can suffer after extreme climate events. KEY POINTS Mental health conditions exacerbated by natural disasters include post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety. After a disaster, the number of people needing assistance from the mental health systems strains or exceeds community capacity. There are simple strategies helpers can use to help survivors restore...

The True Power of Community Resiliency Model (CRM) Skills for Foster Youth/Families

In 2020 when I first started working with Coastal Horizons, my co-worker Amy talked about the CRM Trainings she was giving. At that point I was new and wanted to learn more about it so I went to my first 8 hour CRM training. Little did I know this training would become a new way of communicating with the children in my home. See I am a single kinship/foster/adoptive/birth mother to at least four children, all of which have experience a great deal of trauma. At first I started by using the...

NCFASD Informed Conference

Target Audience: This project has been planned for medical professionals (physicians, mental health professionals, and allied health), parents, provider agencies, MCO/LMEs, educators, attorneys, and other legal system professionals. Program Description This virtual conference will discuss how exposure to alcohol is the leading cause of intellectual and other developmental disabilities in the US and results in a variety of developmental disability diagnoses collectively referred to as Fetal...

How to Decolonize Mental Health Treatment for BIPOC (yesmagazine.org)

Illustration by GOOD STUDIO / ADOBE STOCK Author Gabe Torres / Yes Magazine / 7.28.22 How to Decolonize Mental Health Treatment for BIPOC Note: Whenever you read the terms BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color), racialized people, and racially marginalized, I mean them synonymously while understanding the distinctiveness of experiences and respective identities of racially oppressed peoples. Whenever I refer to BIPOC, I refer to us as “we,” because I, the writer, identify as a person...

What Pediatricians are Saying About Participating in the Trauma-Informed ACEs Screening and Intervention Evaluation (TASIE) Project

Earlier this month, the Trauma-Informed ACEs Screening and Intervention Evaluation (TASIE) Project completed its first 9-month quality-improvement ECHO program. Cohort 1 of the TASIE Project included 17 pediatric primary care practices consisting of 89 providers and 114 total team members, across eight states. These practices have successfully incorporated ACEs screening into their workflow and will use what they've learned through this program to spread awareness of ACEs and toxic stress...

July as National Minority Mental Health Month

Just a gentle reminder of a great opportunity to hear from national presenter Ingrid Cockhren - CEO of PACES Connection and Dr. Tyra Turner Whittaker on the topics of minority mental health in honor of July as National Minority Mental Health month . This topic is so important every month, but this month we highlight the importance of providing culturally relevant support by welcoming and hosting these amazing experts. It's free so don't forget to register here for the link. A flyer is also...

The Trauma-informed ACE Screening and Intervention Evaluation Project ECHO is Changing the Standard of Pediatric Care [einnews.com]

By New Jersey Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics, EIN Presswire, June 7, 2022 Safe & Sound’s Center for Youth Wellness (CYW), the New Jersey Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (NJAAP), today announced that it is seeking the next cohort of pediatric practices for participation in its Trauma-Informed ACEs Screening & Intervention Evaluation Project ECHO (TASIE Project). Safe & Sound was awarded a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and is...

Upcoming 6/9 Webinar and New Report and Brief: Community Strategies to Address California’s Digital Divide and Its Impact on Children and Families

PACEs Connection and the Essentials for Childhood (EfC) Initiative, a project of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) have developed two new resources, “Community Strategies to Address California’s Digital Divide and Its Impact on Children and Families” Report and the “Digital Divide Brief: Community Strategies to Address California’s Digital Divide and Its Impact on Children and Families”

How Integrity Can Heal Burnout (mindful.org)

Struggling to make an organizational decision that could adversely impact employees, or feeling unable to provide your children with care and attention while balancing the demands of work and your own need for rest, represent situations where moral suffering could arise. Whatever the exact nature of the decisions and dilemmas we face, the feeling of being too pressured or undersupported to act in alignment with our values has real effects on our mental health, and on whether we reach a point...

How Nature Helps Us Heal (greatergoodberkeley.edu)

A doctor explains why he prescribes time outside to his patients. I have been giving out old-school paper prescriptions for about two years now, where I prescribe non-pharmaceutical steps that have been proven to make people healthier. I had heard that nature can make people happier and healthier, but, embarrassingly, I envisioned it for more “outdoorsy” people like me, whatever that means. Also, I assumed it would offer just a slight bump in the happiness quotient. It took almost 150 years,...

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