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Baltimore's Healing Us Together (HUT): A Collaborative Partnership Driven by Community

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately harmed communities of color and exposed longstanding disparities and injustices within our health care system and society. It is impossible to quantify the impact of the pandemic in addition to the longstanding ongoing harm caused by violence and racism. In this pivotal moment in history, we must find new ways to support healing at the individual and community level. Healing Us Together (HUT) is an innovative program that supports collective...

'A Better Normal:' Can universal ACEs screening be equitable? -- Concerns and solutions

Can universal ACEs screening be equitable? A conversation about concerns and solutions. When: Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2-3:30 pm PDT/5-6:30 pm EDT This webinar explores what it takes to ensure that equity is built into the process of screening and providing support for families who have experienced trauma and want help. REGISTER HERE Background At the beginning of this year, California, through the ACEs Aware initiative began rolling out universal screening for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs),...

Prevention is Essential: Collective Impact Coalition Promotes Safe, Stable, Nurturing Relationships and Environments for All Maryland’s Children

When members of Maryland’s State Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (SCCAN) began in 2006 to examine what their state was doing in the realm of prevention, they discovered a gaping hole. Many participants in the 23-member Council—people working in child welfare, mental health, law enforcement and advocacy groups—knew about ACEs and about the corrosive effects of early childhood maltreatment. But they discovered, through informational interviews across different sectors and an environmental...

Youth-Led Advocacy Creates Healing Opportunities in Baltimore City

After a shooting at a historic Baltimore high school in February 2019—a 25-year-old man, angry about the school’s treatment of his sister, who was a student there, shot a special education assistant with a Smith and Wesson handgun—conversation in the city centered on whether school resource officers should be armed. Students said that was the wrong question. When City Council’s education and youth committee, chaired by council member Zeke Cohen, held hearings on school violence following the...

Greater Richmond Trauma Informed Community Network, first to join ACEs Cooperative of Communities, shows what it means to ROCK!

In 2012, Greater Richmond SCAN and five other community partners hatched a one-year plan to educate the Richmond, Virginia, community about ACEs science and to embed trauma-informed practices. Eight years later, the original group has evolved into the Greater Richmond Trauma-Informed Community Network (GRTICN) with 495 people and 170 organizations. And they're just scratching the surface.

A More Urgent Call to "Be the One" Caring Adult in the Face of the COVID-19 Crisis

In his Commentary "Social distancing is tough on the youngest ones," Maryland Essentials for Childhood ACE Interface Master Trainer, Frank Kros, MSW, JD, shares his thought with readers of the Baltimore Sun on what each of us can do to reach out to the youngest victims of the COVID-19 crisis.

Trauma-Informed Lens Podcast: Interview with Dr. Eric Rossen

In this episode, Matt discusses trauma-sensitive education with Dr. Eric Rossen. Eric Rossen, PhD, NCSP, is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, a licensed psychologist in Maryland, and a credentialed National Register Health Service psychologist. He currently serves as the director of professional development and standards for the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Dr. Rossen has worked in public schools and in independent practice and has served as a college...

Take Action on Delegate CT Wilson's Trauma-Informed Legislation to Reform the Statute of Limitations for Child Sexual Abuse

Dear Maryland ACEs Action Colleagues, I am writing to alert you to a trauma informed bill sponsored by Delegate C.T. Wilson to reform the statute of limitations of child sexual abuse to conform to what we now know about the impact of trauma on delayed disclosure of child sexual abuse: The average age for adults to disclose childhood sexual abuse is 52. Research shows that children who experience an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) can have poor long-term mental and physical health,...

Thriving Communities Collaborative Trauma Informed Care Presentation

Thriving Communities Collaborative will have a presentation on Friday March 23, 9:30 AM-11:30 AM. Please come network and learn prevention strategies for trauma that includes using parents as a source of protection. The presentation will be provided by Sarah Gardner from the Family-Informed Trauma Treatment Center. Facebook: Eventbrite: Http://

Elijah Cummings Healing City Act now Law!

ACEs MD Connection is thrilled to share that on Sunday, February 9, 2020, the Elijah Cummings Healing City Act was signed into law. This was truly a community effort, and we’re thankful for your support throughout this process. You can see more about this story by Fox45 News that captures the work being done. Many attended the bill signing. Thank you for your support,

Nature Nurtures Symposium

You are invited to attend the Nature Nurtures Symposium designed for formal and informal educators, childcare providers, and health professionals. Our hope is to foster cross-sector communication and share the wealth of information that educators, childcare providers, and health experts each bring to the table in helping Baltimore's children thrive. Attendees will: Receive trauma-informed care training Choose from hands-on sessions led by environmental educators, outdoor recreation experts,...

Join Feb. 18th webinar on addressing ACEs in public policy

Please join this ACEs Connection co-sponsored webinar "Making Meaningful Change: Addressing ACEs through Public Policy" on Feb. 18 (11:30 am-1:00 pm ET) presented by the Health Federation of Philadelphia and MARC (Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities). In this webinar, three nationally recognized experts will discuss policy and advocacy strategies on a local, state, and national level using evidence from studies they have conducted with legislators and the general public. Speakers...

Two studies shed light on state legislators’ views on ACEs science and trauma policy

New and returning lawmakers take the oath of office on day one of Washington state's 2017 legislative session. — Jeanie Lindsay/Northwest News Network As advocates prepare to see how ACEs (adverse childhood experiences) science, trauma, and resilience play out in the 2020 state legislative sessions — many beginning in January — they are undoubtedly asking: “What does a legislator want?" It may be a stretch to play on Freud’s question: “What does a women want?", but the query captures how...

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