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Phoenix Rising in Resilience (AZ)

We are an online collaborative dedicated to raising awareness about ACEs, trauma-informed practice, and resilience-building in the greater Phoenix area. Given the unique history of this city and region, Phoenix Rising will explore personal and historical sources of trauma.

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Lipedema and Obesity

Lipedema is caused by an excess of adipose tissue typically in regions of the feet, buttocks, thighs, hips, stomach, and arms (Herbst, 2014). The disorder typically occurs in 11% of the population, and is typically found in females rather than males (Herbst. 2014). Development of this condition can cause early onset of Diabetes. Lipedema occurs when the dermis and epidermis is made up of enlarged adipose cells that continue their growth beneath the skin. Lipedema develops in three stages:...

Healthcare in Louisiana Prisons

Louisiana is one of the states with the highest incarceration rates, with a total of 28,387 incarcerations (Department of Public Safety and Corrections, 2020). African Americans make up the highest percentage rates of individuals being incarcerated, followed by Caucasian Americans (Department of Public Safety and Corrections, 2020). With such a massive amount of incarcerations, physical and mental health disparities are at an all time high. There have been several barriers that have led to...

7 Ways to Support Those in Need

1. Be patient, while allowing those in need to communicate following a tragic occurrence. When tragedy strikes, one may not be readily open to communicate . 2. Acknowledge how the individual looks and feels. Ask open ended questions when needed. 3. Provide support. Allow sufficient resources and assistance to be provided to individuals when needed. 4. Provide comfort in the form of physical touch (i.e. hug, gentle rub of the shoulder or hand within boundaries), to ensure the individual feels...

Simple Ways to Increase Focus

Attention span is of great importance when working with an ever-changing school and environment. With the constant change of policies, procedures, standards, and job duties, one has to continuously stay the course, while managing to juggle work and family life. I have provided a few simple ways to improve attention span. 1. Create a to-do list that includes a time line. Ensure that these tasks are within your means to complete. In other words, don’t place more on your plate than you can...

Plans afoot to bring stability to PACEs Connection

To all of you, who, like me, love this website and want to see it and its communities flourish as we work to prevent and heal trauma; build resiliency: please know there is a move afoot by a small group of strategic partners to find a suitable host for PACEs Connection. More will be announced in the coming days. In the meantime, friends, we are figuring out email addresses and other communications logistics and opportunities. PEACE! Carey Sipp, former director of strategic partnerships ...

Resilience

Resilience is the art of giving thanks when less is more. It is seeing expectancy, when there seems like no end. It is simply staying true to what matters most; faith, respect, dignity, and persistence. Resilience is often displayed daily. Whether we have a small or large task to achieve. It’s the light at the end of the tunnel. What will allow one to have the greatest hope and resiliency in any situation is to remain grounded. Never forget the solid principles that allowed you to navigate...

Artificial Intelligence in the African American Community

Artificial Intelligence is one of the fastest growing sectors that is growing within the career industry. Specifically within the African American community, and the career industries of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This particular sector is becoming more and more visible in our daily lives, and will continue to provide future growth in various industrial and commercial industries. AI is an uprising technology tool that provides essential measures for African Americans...

Black in Anthropology

There is a famous quote that comes to mind when we speak of Anthropology in Black. “One must speak for one’s self if they wish to be heard.” I had the opportunity to review an article by Lynn Bolles, a famous African American anthropologist, who based her research on African American women and their accomplishments and career goals. In the words of John Gwaltney (1981) ,“telling the story straight” is an inspirational quote for many African American women who have made amazing strides in...

Vitamin B-12

Vitamin B-12 (cobalamin), is essentially used to treat healthy red blood cell formation, increase metabolism and energy, improve cognition, and assist in the proper breakdown of nutrients in foods (Mayo Clinic 2024). There are several foods that contain this essential vitamin to promote wellness. These include foods that are rich in protein, such as meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, fruit, fiber rich cereals, and dairy products such as milk, butter, cheese, and yogurt. B-12 is a supplement that...

Model Minority Myth

The Model Minority Myth is a model that stems from various false beliefs about the Asian American culture. This term debunks the fact that Asian Americans are the thriving force within America culture, both in society and the workforce. These stereotypes coincide with the belief that Asian Americans are “the smartest” culture in industries of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The terms reveal that this culture is the leading force, and trumps other cultures. It is a...

Returning Children to School Following the Holiday Season

Some may recall the struggle of getting adjusted to the busy schedule of being a parent and returning your child back to school following the holiday season. I have completed a review that will allow both children and families to have a much more successful transition back into the workplace and classroom setting. Here are a few tips that will make the transition more smoother. 1. Ensure to keep a consistent bedtime schedule. While this may be difficult, it is important to stick as close as...

A New Year

As the new year approaches, many individuals are beginning to make resolutions. Rather it be for improved health, weight loss goals, or simply to become better at a specific task or career goal. As you make way for your new year’s resolution, we want to make certain that you are making goals achievable, specifically foe you. Here are a few resolutions that can help you get started on your journey toward success. 1. Make a resolution to remain physically healthy and active. This is not to say...

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