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A Story of ACEs and Resilience

Valerie Jackson ·
Many of us are aware of ACEs and the effects it has on our children and on us. We must keep in mind that an ACE score is not the end. See the story of Pastor Darrell Armstrong of Trenton NJ.
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ACEs and the Unified Science of Human Development - Jane Stevens - Aug. 2, 2016 at California Home Visiting Summit

Amanda Finlaw ·
This is a repost from the Philadelphia ACEs group - attached is a PowerPoint from Jane Stevens, presented at the California Home Visiting Summit on August 2, 2016.
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ACEs Connection's Inclusion Tool makes sure nobody's left out

We developed ACEs Connection's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Tool — called the Inclusion Tool, for short — to ensure that ACEs initiatives across the world focus on being inclusive when forming a steering committee, recruiting leaders, providing education about ACEs science, recruiting members, or providing resources and services within their communities. The more inclusive your ACEs initiative is, the more diverse it will be, giving your initiative a real shot at achieving equity and...
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April Pottstown Trauma Steering Committee Meeting

Mary Rieck ·
The next meeting of the Pottstown Trauma Informed Community Initiative Community Steering Committee is scheduled for: Thursday, April 7 from 12:00-3:00 Place: Pottstown Area Health & Wellness F oundation We have a busy agenda for the meeting. Looking forward to seeing everyone! Welcome & Introductions Community Updates Communications Updates and Decision Points Overall language ACEsConnections.com Review of Logic Model and Workgroup Activities Communications Network Training General...
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Building Children's Brains [New York Times]

Mary Rieck ·
Take a look at today's article from Nick Kristof in the New York Times on the importance of early learning and challenges faced by children in poverty. Building Children's Brains Nicolas Kristof First, a quiz: What’s the most common “vegetable” eaten by American toddlers? Answer: The French fry. The same study that unearthed that nutritional tragedy also found that on any given day, almost half of American toddlers drink soda or similar drinks, possibly putting the children on a trajectory...
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Building Resilience in Children - 20 Practical, Powerful Strategies (backed by science)

Amanda Finlaw ·
After a brief definition and explanation of resilience, this article from Hey Sigmund gives 20 easy, realistic strategies for building resilience in children. http://www.heysigmund.com/building-resilience-children/
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Childhood Trauma in Pottstown can Lead to Future Health Challenges [The Mercury]

Mary Rieck ·
Take a look at this great article from Mica about our Pottstown Trauma Informed Community work. POTTSTOWN >> A local initiative is bringing awareness to research that shows traumatic childhood experiences such as poverty, sexual abuse and drug addiction can lead to lifelong challenges in mental, social and physical health. Representatives of the school district, borough and police department, as well as several other organizations, have come together to form the Pottstown Trauma...
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Community Urged to Take Part in Pottstown Childhood Trauma Initiative [Mercury]

Mary Rieck ·
Thank you to everyone who attended our Pottstown Trauma Informed Community Connection meeting. It was great to see all of the interest and support of the work in Pottstown. Thank you to Mica Patterson for writing a great article in the Mercury. Please see below and click on link for full story. Community Urged to Take Part in Pottstown Childhood Trauma Initiative POTTSTOWN >> “Do you know anyone who has been divorced? I bet most of us could say yes. That is a person or a family that...
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Creating Trauma Informed Schools by Dr. Sandy Bloom

Mary Rieck ·
In June 2014, Dr. Sandy Bloom was the keynote speaker for the PEAK Annual Meeting and presented a training for teachers focusing on ACEs and becoming trauma informed schools. Below is a copy of her presentation. Sandra L. Bloom is a Board-Certified psychiatrist, graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and recently was awarded the Temple University School of Medicine Alumni Achievement Award. In addition to her faculty position at the School of Public Health at Drexel, she is...
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Drexel Studies Show Intergenerational Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Food Insecurity [ASPPH]

Mary Rieck ·
ASPPH | Drexel Studies Show Intergenerational Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Food Insecurity New research from Drexel University’s Center for Hunger-Free Communities has added evidence on the relationship between food insecurity and adverse child experiences (ACEs). One study of 1255 female caregivers of young children, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine , found that depressive symptoms and ACEs were independently associated with household and child food...
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Focus on Reducing Childhood Trauma in Pottstown [Reading Eagle]

Mary Rieck ·
Pottstown officials are taking steps to reduce instances of childhood trauma among students in the school district. The topic was discussed during a roundtable at the Pottstown Early Action for Kindergarten Readiness, or PEAK, program's annual meeting at Montgomery County Community College. A program of the school district, PEAK partners with private child care locations to provide prekindergarten education to local students. The trauma that officials hope to reduce is related to adverse...
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Follow PTICC on Social Media

Amanda Finlaw ·
Did you know that you can follow Pottstown Trauma Informed Community Connection not only here on ACEs Connection, but also on Facebook , Twitter , YouTube , and Instagram ? On those platforms, you will find photos and videos from community events, information about upcoming programming, and news related to ACEs and trauma. Follow and join in on the conversation about trauma and #BreakingTheCycle in Pottstown because community matters, connection matters, and your story matters.
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Helping Young Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: Policies and Strategies for Early Care and Education [ChildTrends.org] [Re-posting from ACES in Child Care]

Amanda Finlaw ·
This report from Child Trends and the National Center for Children in Poverty includes a review of the prevalence of early childhood trauma and its effects. The report offers promising strategies for child care and preschool programs looking to help young children who have endured trauma, and presents recommendations for policymakers to support trauma-informed early care. [For more of this story go to https://www.childtrends.org/publications/ecetrauma/ ]
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How Trauma is Changing Children’s Brains [NEA Today]

Mary Rieck ·
Read more about the traumatized brain from NEA Today. For several years, John Snelgrove began his workweek with a lengthy fax from the local police, listing the home addresses where officers had answered domestic violence calls over the weekend. Snelgrove, head of guidance services for Brockton (Mass.) Public Schools, would check those addresses against the district’s student database. When a match came up, he’d alert the counselor at that child’s school, who, in turn, would take a red...
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New Study Shows Communities Can Reduce the Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences [Mathematica Policy Research]

Amanda Finlaw ·
A new study commissioned by the Adverse Childhood Experiences Public-Private Initiative (APPI) of Washington State finds that communities can create effective, local strategies that reduce the long-term social, emotional and physical problems related to abuse, neglect, and other Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Research shows that the prevalence of 10 specific ACEs—such as witnessing domestic violence or experiencing physical abuse—trigger a stress response that can harm a child’s...
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PTICC Featured in Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation Fall 2016 Well-Informed Community Benefit Report

Amanda Finlaw ·
Our work with ACEs and trauma in Pottstown was featured in the Fall 2016 Community Benefit Report issued by the Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation (PAHAWF). Within the feature, you can read about how we are becoming a trauma informed community, some scientific information about the effects of ACEs on the developing brain, a note from the President of the PAHAWF, and information from PEAK Coordinator and Chair of the Communications and Messaging for PTICC, Mary Rieck. There are...
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PTICC Launch Presentation

Mary Rieck ·
We had a great launch to our Pottstown Trauma Informed Community Connection with 126 participants. We will post more information about the meeting a little later but below is the presentation that was used. Thank you for being involved in this important work in Pottstown.
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[Repost from ACES in Child Care] Developing Healthy Minds: It’s Never Too Early to Start! [Blog.SAMHSA.gov]

Amanda Finlaw ·
Developing Healthy Minds: It’s Never Too Early to Start! [Blog.SAMHSA.gov] | ACEs in Child Care | ACEsConnection The human mind is one of the most complex structures in the universe. Even in early infancy, it is capable of taking in a wide variety of inputs. Still, in our early years, we’ve only unlocked a small portion of its potential. Our brains actually continue to develop into our twenties . Accordingly, the U.S. Government embraces a definition of youth that continues until we turn 25.
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Retiring Pottstown Superintendent Leaves Legacy [Reading Eagle]

Mary Rieck ·
This is an article in this past Sunday's Reading Eagle about the retirement of Dr. Jeff Sparagana. Thanks to him for his leadership for all these years and for his continued involvement. Joan Daly, former executive director of the Pottstown YMCA, recalled a meeting 11 years ago with Pottstown School District Superintendent Jeffrey Sparagana, then assistant superintendent, in which the seeds were planted for what would become one of Pottstown's most successful educational programs. "At the...
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Social Emotional Learning in Elementary School [RWJF.org] - Reposted from ACES in Education

Amanda Finlaw ·
Social emotional learning (SEL) programs can promote academic achievement and positive social behavior, and reduce conduct problems, substance abuse, and emotional distress. The Issue There is widespread evidence of successful, universal SEL programs and practices that can support social and emotional development in students during the elementary school years. Based on decades of research and evaluation in rigorous field trials, these approaches are now widely available to schools, along...
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Stress and Urban Poverty by Dr. Roy Wade, Jr.

Mary Rieck ·
Here is a presentation that was made by Dr. Roy Wade, Jr. in June 2015 at the PEAK Annual Meeting. Dr. Wade focused on the impact of stress and urban poverty on families and children and the expanded ACEs study. Dr. Roy Wade, Jr. is currently an Instructor of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the Department of General Pediatrics. He recently completed a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Fellowship at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of...
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Studying How Poverty Keeps Hurting Young Minds, and What to Do About It [New York Times]

Mary Rieck ·
Take a look at this article from the New York Times concerning the impact of trauma on the developing brain. The human brain begins as a neural tube that develops five weeks after conception. Years later, it is fully formed. On Tuesday, experts in neuroscience, genetics and social work met in Manhattan to talk about what can happen to it along the way, and what emerging research tells us about how children who seem broken can be made whole. Officially, the meeting was called Poverty, the...
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Trauma Informed Care Initiative [Urban Innovation Exchange]

Mary Rieck ·
Read how arts, youth development and sanctuary are connecting in Philadelphia.. Sanctuary is a place of refuge or safety. In urban neighborhoods all throughout America, sanctuary is a luxury almost beyond attainment. But Michael O'Bryan is working to bring that sense of sanctuary to the North Philadelphia community of Strawberry Mansion. The Sanctuary Model originated in Philadelphia in the early 1980s. It promotes safety and recovery from adversity through the active creation of a...
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Washington State Study Shows Promise for Community Network-Driven Approach to ACEs [The Chronicle of Social Change]

Amanda Finlaw ·
"Community networks in the state of Washington have been effective in reducing the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), according to a study released this month by respected policy research firm Mathematica." - Click here to read more from the article.
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Re: A Story of ACEs and Resilience

Carmen Gatti ·
Thank you Valerie for sharing this story of hope and resilience. Heartwarmingly, Carmen
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Re: April Pottstown Trauma Steering Committee Meeting

Caitlin O'Brien ·
Can't wait to hear the group's thoughts on the work of the Communications group!
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Re: April Pottstown Trauma Steering Committee Meeting

Valerie Jackson ·
Great and productive meeting! I'm so honored to be part of such important work. More to come
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Re: PTICC Launch Presentation

What a great turnout, Mary! I'm looking forward to learning more about what happened at the meeting.
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