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California PACEs Connection initiatives spark new connections in regional meeting

Among PACEs Connection initiatives around the country, it’s well known that our social network is something like a bustling, giant town square where people share ideas, resources and any number of conversations about how to prevent childhood adversity and promote positive childhood experiences. On May 14, PACEs Connection assembled a virtual town square gathering of PACEs initiatives in California, where we have 58 initiatives sparking action all across the state. Speakers at the gathering,...

CALIFORNIA ACES ACADEMY - Session 11 with Robert Sege and Baraka Floyd | June 17 [avahealth.org]

Dr. Bob Sege returns with Dr. Baraka Floyd for Part 2: Balancing ACEs with HOPE (Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences) Thursday, June 17, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm (PT) In this second webinar on HOPE, the focus will move from the evidence and theory underlying the HOPE framework as we roll up our sleeves and dive into ideas for practice transformation. The session will include a review of HOPE, examples of how organizations are using the HOPE framework to improve care, and interactive...

Considering Your Child's Mental Health as an Immigrant

Immigration can be complex. It may have different repercussions for families and individuals, especially children. Some immigrant families have the money to consult third-party advisers for their move to another country. But most immigrant families have experienced hardships, such as financial difficulties, social inequality, cultural barriers. These factors affect different generations of their family (1) . The individuals most susceptible to mental issues are the children. Even though...

Stories of HOPE in Action [positiveexperience.org/blog]

Chloe Yang, 6/2/21, positiveexperience.org/blog As HOPE grows, we are thrilled about each new milestone—developments like HOPE Day in Idaho, new resources in English and Spanish, and journal publications , to name a few. More and more organizations and individuals are implementing HOPE in their own work, and we are equally excited to celebrate their efforts, too. It is truly inspiring for the team to hear how others are practicing HOPE in the world. The team recently heard from two such...

Mental Health and Substance Use Considerations Among Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic [kff.org]

By Nirmita Panchal, Rabah Kamal, Cynthia Cox, et al., Kaiser Family Foundation, May 26, 2021 Introduction During the COVID-19 pandemic, children have experienced major disruptions as a result of public health safety measures, including school closures, social isolation, financial hardships, and gaps in health care access. Many parents have reported poor mental health outcomes in their children throughout the pandemic – in May 2020, shortly after the pandemic began, 29% said their child’s...

Criticizing ACEs in Peer Reviewed Professional Journals Impairs Child Abuse Treatment

Criticizing ACEs in Peer Reviewed Professional Journals Impairs Child Abuse Treatment Jeoffry B. Gordon, MD, MPH May 23, 2021 As a family doc practicing in San Diego I was privileged to hear Dr. Vincent Felitti talk about his inspired development of the ACEs questionnaire and its association with many adult mental and physical diseases directly from him only a few years after his original insight. Yet, although I had a lively clinic and learned how to manage a vast array of medical...

Interview with Dr. Nadine Burke Harris & Dave Ellis

We recently sat down with Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, California’s first surgeon general, and Dave Ellis, the first executive director of the Office of Resilience at the New Jersey Department of Children and Families. A pioneering voice on prevention, early identification, and treatment of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Dr. Burke Harris gained national prominence with her viral 2015 TED talk on this topic. Dave Ellis made his name as a national leader in providing trainings and...

Childcare providers use two- generational approach to help preschoolers from being expelled

It’s shocking: Preschoolers are three times more likely to be expelled than children in elementary, middle and high school, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Boys are four times more likely than girls to be kicked out, and African American children are twice as likely as Latinx and White children. One organization with childcare centers and mental health providers in Kentucky and Ohio began a long journey 15 years ago, when they began hearing about...

Adverse Babyhood Experiences (ABEs): 10 New Categories of Adversity Before a Child's 3rd Birthday (Free Downloadable Journal Article)

Adverse babyhood experiences (ABEs) are a new construct derived from large bodies of evidence that identify a different group of risk factors from adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). ABEs occur before a child’s 3rd birthday to influence infant and maternal morbidity and mortality. ABEs are also risk factors for chronic illnesses and other chronic conditions in the child as well as symptoms in parents.

Get ready for a big blast about ACEs and ACEs science!

Billboards! Social media! PSAs! Celebrities!...The largest and only national public awareness campaign ever to come out of the adverse childhood experiences movement launches May 13 with Numb er Story. The campaign was created and is organized by Anonymous , an organization that helps "funders achieve more impact and experience greater fulfillment through their philanthropy", according to its website. Its funder is, well, anonymous. We do know that it is an individual who's obviously very...

State of Babies Yearbook: 2021 (Zero to Three)

New analysis highlights how systemic racism and the pandemic have impacted young children’s well-being . For Zero to Three’s State of Babies report , Child Trends experts compiled and examined more than 60 policies and indicators related to infant and toddler well-being. Whenever possible, researchers disaggregated the data by race and ethnicity and examined indicators both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. The analysis highlights systemic inequities that families of color faced...

Policing in schools: Redefining public safety to be supportive & healing, instead of punitive & criminalizing

A recent video , shared on the national news, shows a 16-year-old Florida student being slammed to the ground by a police officer working at her school. It’s one of many such incidents of school-based police violence against students captured in videos around the country. Some of the victims are as young as five years old. About 47% of U.S. schools employ armed police officers , known as school resource officers, who are there to keep students safe. But students who attend these schools...

Raising the Next Generation: Webinar on a Survey of U.S. Parents and Caregivers [rwjf.org]

From Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, May 2021 Please join us for an in-depth discussion of the findings, and their implications for the country as we move from recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recession toward a future in which all children and families are thriving. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently completed an 18-month study with parents and caregivers in the United States, examining what it is like to raise children in America today. [Please click here for more...

New Journal Article: “Transforming Practice with HOPE (Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences)” [positiveexperience.org]

Chloe Yang, 5/10/21, positiveexperience.org/blog We are thrilled to announce the publication of our journal article, “Transforming Practice with HOPE (Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences),” in Maternal and Child Health. You can read the paper here on the HOPE website, on our Publications page . This paper was a team effort, led by Dr. Dina Burstein, HOPE Project Director. Other authors include: Chloe Yang, a research assistant working on HOPE; Kay Johnson, President of Johnson Group...

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