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April 2021

Historic Board Vote Transforms Policing in Los Angeles Schools []

By Jeremy Loudenback, The Imprint, February 16, 2021 In a historic move, the Los Angeles Unified School District board voted Tuesday to transform its school police force, eliminating more than 100 positions and stationing the remaining officers off campus. In their place, new “school climate coaches” will de-escalate tense situations at the district’s 1,000 K-12 schools, part of a new $36.5 million investment in Black students and their academic success. The vote in the nation’s second...

March 2021 ACEs Aware Provider Updates and Reminders []

Upcoming Educational Webinars Join California Health & Wellness’s /Health Net’s educational webinars and earn Continuing Education (CE) hours. Add these trainings on Adverse Childhood Experience, Social Determinants of Health, Trauma Informed Care and Motivational Interviewing to your 2021 calendar. The webinars are open to all staff who work directly with California Health & Wellness /Health Net members and includes, but is not limited to, physician, case managers, nurses, and...

Speaker Series during Child Abuse Prevention Month []

Weekly Speaker Series Mark your calendar for these engaging virtual workshops occurring Wednesdays during Child Abuse Prevention Month this April. Each workshop will run from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. The events are free to attend. RSVP today by clicking on the links below. Limited space is available. View the Speaker Series flyer by clicking here . The Human Need for Belonging Dr. Amelia Franck Meyer Wednesday, April 7 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Child welfare veteran Amelia Franck Meyer describes the...

Professionals, not police, should respond to mental health crises

Assembly member, Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, a Democrat from Orinda, has introduced Assembly Bill 988, also known as the Miles Hall Lifeline Act, to lay the groundwork for this desperately needed alternative to 911. If passed, the Miles Hall Lifeline Act will allow anyone in California who experiences severe mental health distress – or witnesses someone else in distress – to call one easy-to-remember phone number, 988, and get the appropriate help.

As S.F. students grapple with pandemic's emotional toll, mobile mental health team rushes in []

By Emma Talley, San Francisco Chronicle, April 4, 2021 After a year of school closures and isolation, many Bay Area students are suffering. Parents and teachers have reported failing grades and rising depression. Suicide attempts in adolescents are skyrocketing. To meet the emerging crisis, San Francisco is expanding a mobile response team that provides mental health and wellness services to children, including the school district’s students. The mobile mental health crisis service, operated...

'Healing hikes': How one Oakland organization is making Black lives matter in nature []

By Jessica Flores, San Francisco Chronicle, April 4, 2021 Hopeful. Alive. Connected. Joy. Those were all words used to describe how a group of Bay Area residents felt during a closing circle after kayaking in Richmond’s Marina Bay on a recent Saturday. Some attendees had kayaked before. For others, like Marisa Brown, it was their first time. The group was part of a local meetup hosted by Outdoor Afro , a national organization founded in Oakland that connects Black people to nature and...

CALIFORNIA ACES ACADEMY - Session 8 with Robert Sege, MD, PhD | April 22

CALIFORNIA ACES ACADEMY LIVE WEBINAR with FREE CME/CE Educate, Inspire, Connect HOPE: Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences presented by Dr. Robert Sege Thursday, April 22, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm (PT) This interactive session will describe how ACEs screening can be enhanced by also considering HOPE: Healthy Outcomes from Positive Childhood Experiences. Children’s brains develop in response to their experiences, both adverse and beneficial. Just as adverse childhood experiences can...

Precision Medicine Researcher-Community Collaborations Awarded $9 Million to Address Adverse Childhood Experiences []

By Governor's Office of Planning and Research, March 30, 2021 The Governor's Office of Planning and Research, in partnership with the Office of the CA Surgeon General, is pleased to announce four awardees for the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine request for proposals, Addressing Health Impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences through a Collaborative Precision Medicine Approach. Precision medicine holds promise to more fully apply data to improve health and health care.

The pandemic is changing how we think about domestic violence, new survey shows []

By Kellie Schmitt, Center for Health Journalism, March 24, 2021 Amid a pandemic that shined a harsh light on domestic violence , Californians are increasingly viewing these abuses as a pressing social issue, according to a new survey of nearly 2,000 adults. Two-thirds of Californians consider domestic violence a public issue rather than private family matter, and 91% of participants said domestic violence is a serious societal issue, the survey found. “This info has given some validation to...

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