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Vital Signs: Drug Overdose Deaths, by Selected Sociodemographic and Social Determinants of Health Characteristics — 25 States and the District of Columbia, 2019–2020 (cdc.gov)

Summary What is already known about this topic? Drug overdose deaths increased 30% in the United States from 2019 to 2020. Known health disparities exist in overdose mortality rates, particularly among certain racial/ethnic minority populations. What is added by this report? From 2019 to 2020, overdose death rates increased by 44% and 39% among non-Hispanic Black (Black) and non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaska Native persons, respectively. As county-level income inequality increased,...

How we pronounce Uvalde says a lot about the power of language in mixed communities (npr.org)

Because Uvalde is a town made up of mostly Latino or Hispanic residents, according to the U.S. Census Bureau data, landing on a "correct" pronunciation is tricky — the language of the people who live there exists on a sliding spectrum between Spanish and English, and often consists of a combination of the two. But how we say Uvalde matters, because it represents a long lineage of how Latinos have been racialized in the U.S. and in South Texas, specifically. But Uvalde is just one example of...

In the Latino community, pandemic-fueled poverty triggers a silent crisis in mental health (centerforhealthjournalism.org)

Our Voice Nuestra Voz, a group that advocates for Spanish-speaking parents and the education of their children, meets online weekly to talk about challenges in school. But when the hour is up and the livestream ends, the conversation turns intimate. Parents open up about the stress and anxiety they’ve experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some cry, even though they feel shame for doing it. “When they share personal experiences, they are constantly apologizing, ‘I’m sorry for saying this...

What Does Community Development for Liberation Look Like? (nonprofitquarterly.org)

Earlier this month, a small group of roughly 50 people gathered in San Juan, Puerto Rico to discuss what a liberatory movement for community economic development might look like. For many, it was their first in-person conference since the COVID-19 pandemic. The convener? CEO Circle, an informal network of leaders of color of national community development organizations. Founding members of the loose network are Akilah Watkins-Butler of the Center for Community Progress , Tony Pickett of...

PHC6534: Educational Intervention on the Compounding Effects of Stigma on Mental Health and ACEs in Hispanic Communities

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) have been linked to mental health illnesses such as anxiety and depression. In Hispanic culture, mental illness is largely stigmatized which greatly affects individuals from seeking the help they need. This further perpetuates mental illnesses due to ACEs. Miami-Dade County has a large Hispanic population that experiences high levels of poverty. Miami Dade has high rates of violence, domestic and gun violence which are factors that contribute to ACEs. To...

How the COVID-19 pandemic magnified challenges for Arizona students not proficient in English (centerforhealthjournalism.org)

Fernanda Davila speaks only Spanish at home. The 8-year-old elementary school student lives with her parents, immigrants from Mexico, and her two younger siblings. But at school, Fernanda's classes are taught only in English under a law passed by voters in 2000. Because of the language gap, Fernanda already struggled to understand teachers, especially when learning math. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, learning via a computer made it even harder. All students in Arizona faced challenges when...

Our Skin: A First Conversation About Race (socialjusticebooks.org)

Our Skin: A First Conversation About Race is the book we’ve been waiting for! The team (Megan Madison, Jessica Ralli, and Isabel Roxas) did an incredible thing: they explained race and racism to young children. Not only did they do it in a few pages of a board book, but they also provided guidance to the adults who will read it to children. As soon as you open the book, the reader is greeted with colorful representations of the authors and illustrator, as well as a note on the purpose and...

Intergenerational Trauma and the Promise of Healing (psychologytoday.com)

Intergenerational trauma Trauma occurs when a person suffers intense emotional pain or a threat to their life or sense of safety to such an extent that it overwhelms their ability to cope . We often think of trauma as occurring from catastrophic or violent events. But researchers have found that daily accumulations of stress , like repeated experiences of racism , can result in traumatic symptoms that are detrimental to one’s physical, mental, and emotional health. In the past 10 years, a...

Top Reasons for Joining the Summit

Virtual Conference | April 5-6, 2022 Our world gets more complex every day. So it's more important than ever to address the traumas that affect our communities. That’s why we’re coming together at the Hanna Institute Summit: to heal our communities. But why should you join us? Here are the top three reasons people attend the Summit: 1) Learn from Experts From best-selling authors Ibram X. Kendi and Resmaa Menakem to Nancy Dome and Dr. Gary Slutkin, national and Bay Area experts will bring...

Miles de trabajadores agrícolas obtendrán aumentos salariales gracias a una demanda [calmatters.org]

By Melissa Montalvo, Photo: Rich Peroncelli/AP Photo, Cal Matters, 3 Diciembre 2021 Decenas de miles de trabajadores agrícolas invitados de California y trabajadores agrícolas estadounidenses verán aumentos salariales en 2022, lo que, según los defensores, se debe a su demanda para detener la congelación salarial de la era Trump. El aumento salarial se basa en los resultados de la encuesta anual del USDA sobre el trabajo agrícola , publicada el 24 de noviembre. La encuesta y sus resultados...

‘People who are hurting hurt others’: undocumented immigrants pioneer ways to break cycle of trauma [theguardian.com]

By Terry Green Sterling, Photo: Adriana Zehbrauskas/The Guardian, The Guardian, November 30, 2021 Germán Cadenas was 15 when he packed up a few clothes, his beloved magic trick cards, a treasured coin box and a portfolio of his drawings. It was 2002. Cadenas, his mother and younger brother were flying from their native Venezuela for a Christmas visit with Cadenas’s dad – who had migrated to Maricopa county, Arizona, two years before – hoping to send money to his family as Venezuela descended...

Healing From Trauma (ssir.org)

Glasswing International teaches Latin American communities to understand and recover from the impacts of trauma induced by chronic and acute violence. The Northern Triangle countries of Latin America are some of the most violent in the world. El Salvador and Honduras have ranked among the highest murder rates for years. It’s not only the gang violence we hear most about, but also domestic abuse and gender-based violence. And the trauma it leaves behind has a devastating effect on entire...

Gentle Men: The Healing Power of Vulnerability (mindful.org)

Growing up, I was taught that traditional male attributes are things like toughness, emotional reserve, strength, power, and staunch individualism. This image of a “traditional man” feeds into once-clear-cut roles like winner and provider . Edward M. Adams and Ed Frauenheim suggest that this version of masculinity is confined : both limited and limiting. In their 2020 book, Reinventing Masculinity , Adams and Frauenheim write, “Confined masculinity focuses more on a man’s sense of...

Examples of Current Trauma-Informed Judicial Systems

Please join us for a new series entitled: Trauma-Informed Criminal Justice. This monthly virtual Zoom series will feature conversations facilitated by Porter Jennings-McGarity, PACEs Connection’s criminal justice consultant, with special guests to discuss the need for trauma-informed criminal justice system reform. Using a PACEs-science lens, this series will examine the relationship between trauma and the criminal justice system, what needs changing, and strategies being used in this area...

Heridas Ocultas Causadas por el Racismo y ACEs (la Iniciativa ACE Aware/Hannah Institute)

Heridas Ocultas Causadas por el Racismo y ACEs | Esto es una repetición de la sesion del 30 de septiembre titulada Heridas del Trauma Racial y experiencias adversas en la infancia o ACEs por sus siglas en inglés Adverse Childhood Experiences: Encontrando Esperanza y Sanando en Conexión Relacional. UEVES, 11 DE NOVIEMBRE 5:00 - 7:00 PM (PST) Acompañanos Dirigido por la Dr. Noriega, quien es una socia del Programa de Investigación de Trauma Infantil de la Universidad de California en San...

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