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Re: Community-Based Interventions for Trauma Are Cost Effective

Johanna Roe ·
Hi Patrick, I read your comment regarding the recent article on the work in Washington State and wanted to make a few clarifications. The Washington State Family Policy Council was the mother ship, so to speak, overseeing and providing administrative support for the local efforts by what were designated as Community Public Health and Safety Networks (as we were designated in Washington statute). We were not called Family Policy Councils. To simplify things we referred to ourselves as...
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Re: Community Leaders Connect in ACEs and Resilience Community of Practice

Karen Clemmer ·
I like how you've leveraged connections with NACCHO Voice: The Word on Local Health Departments is a blog by the National Association of City and County Health Officials . NACCHO's mission is to be a leader, partner, catalyst, and voice for local health departments. Exciting! Karen
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Re: Laws/Pending Legislation

Jim Sporleder ·
Washington State is a strong national leader in our work around ACEs and public awareness. We see trauma informed practice in our social agencies within our communities. However, our state legislators with the support of the state board of education and the state superintendent of instruction, passed the most punitive graduation policy in the nation. When I confronted the issue in 2013, the legislators would not confirm the ACE Study. To date, Washington State has forced over 8,000 students...
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Re: August Positive Discipline in the Classroom Workshops

Karen Clemmer ·
Great suggestion, Rhonda! We have two communities on ACEs Connection: Tribal Communities of Northern California and Native Americans (National lens), however we do not have a WA state community - where we can share WA specific information with those who may be interested. Please let me know if this may be something you'd like consider - I am here to support related efforts in WA state. With gratitude, Karen
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2019 Beyond Paper Tigers Conference Series - Why Take Course One and Course Two?

Tara Mah ·
Community Resilience Initiative is officially launching a new series of blog posts, building to our 2019 Beyond Paper Tigers conference on June 25th - 27th. We’ll cover a range of topics relevant to conference material, events, and inspirations. In addition to the regular conference, CRI is offering two training add-on options on Tuesday June 25, 2019 prior to the conference: Course One and Two https://criresilient.org/beyondpapertigers/pre-conference-event/ “A group of very polished people...
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42 States and DC have collected ACE data in the BRFSS 2009-2018

The US Department of Health and Human Services CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recently updated information about the states' inclusion of the ACE module in the BRFSS (Prevention Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey). CDC reports that “…since 2009, 42 states plus the District of Columbia have included ACE questions for at least one year on their survey.” In 2018 alone, 17 states included the ACE module, four of them (Idaho, Indiana, New Jersey, and West...
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A Letter I Sent To Washington State Legislators

Jim Sporleder ·
Dear Legislator, It was a well known fact in 2013 that students under the new graduation law, did not have consistent nor fair access to fair and equitable opportunities to meet the new graduation requirements. With that knowledge, the Legislators moved forward and denied thousands of students their HS diploma. Another fact... a high percentage of those being denied were students of poverty and color. The Democrats blamed it on the Republicans. Now that there is a Democrat majority, the...
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A National Agenda to Address Adverse Childhood Experiences

Christina Bethell ·
What are ACEs and Why Do They Matter? In 2016 1 , nearly half of U.S. children – 34 million kids – had at least one Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) and more than 20 percent experienced two or more. The new brain sciences and science of human development explain how ACEs can have devastating, long-lasting effects on children’s health and wellbeing. These events resonate well beyond the individual child to have far-reaching consequences for families, neighborhoods, and communities. ACEs...
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A photographer captured a track star's powerful MMIW statement. We all need to know what it means. (upworthy.com)

A red hand over her mouth. The letters MMIW painted down her leg. What message was this high school track star sending? When photographer Alex Flett attended the WIAA 1B State Track and Field Championships at Eastern Washington University , he didn't expect that to capture an iconic image of a high schooler with a powerful message. Rosalie Fish, from Muckleshoot Tribal School in Auburn, WA, showed up on the track with a statement painted on her body—a red hand covering her mouth and the...
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A Review of Community Efforts to Mitigate and Prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma

This 63-page report was prepared by Christopher Blodgett, Ph.D. Washington State University Area Health Education Center. This paper summarizes a number of community and treatment system initiatives in Washington State that address elements of...
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ACEs Connection & Washington State ACEs Action Handout

Tory Henderson ·
Attached is a handout describing ACEs Connection and the Washington State ACEs Action group. Feel free to share this with partners doing ACEs-related work.
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ACEs Connection, our Cooperative of Communities, and....Pando!

Last month, we officially launched the ACEs Connection Cooperative of Communities. We are SO excited about this! And the communities that are part of the handful of ACEs initiatives that are piloting the Cooperative are, too! Before describing the Cooperative, I want to reassure our 40,000+ members and 277 ACEs initiatives (plus another 100 in development) that have communities on ACEs Connection that nothing on ACEsConnection.com changes! Membership is and remains free ! And it will remain...
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ACEs Data Washington State and Counties

Tory Henderson ·
Periodically I'm asked about ACEs data for Washington State or Counties . I'm putting the response here to I can find it again. Please add additional information in the comments. 2018 Washington State Health Assessment - ACEs Washington State included the CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) ACEs module to our BRFSS questions in 2009, 2010, and 2011. This data is available for larger counties and possibly smaller counties who paid to over sample. Check with your public...
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Adverse Childhood Experiences Response Team in Manchester, NH, helps children grapple with trauma, violence, addicted parents

Rob Waters ·
An often-overlooked aspect of the opioid epidemic that has exploded across the U.S. in recent years is how often the abuse of heroin or prescription opiates is accompanied by domestic violence. This is tragic enough for the adults involved, but it’s a ticking time bomb for children who are exposed to these adversities, raising their risk for future drug use and multiple health and mental health conditions. Here’s how one community is trying to address the problem.
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An Agenda of Equity: Communities Lay Foundation for Trauma-Informed Change

Anndee Hochman ·
Administrators in the Bellingham, Washington school district realized that a free public education actually came at a price. School supply lists could easily run up a $250 tab at office supply stores; families were tapped for field trip fees, sports uniforms and musical instruments. And those costs inevitably pinched hardest in the least affluent neighborhoods. In the 11,000-student district, where one-acre wooded lots sit next door to apartment complexes housing migrant workers,...
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Announcing 2020 Webinar Series on ACEs and Child Maltreatment Prevention

Karen Clemmer ·
Washington State DOH Essentials for Childhood shares - A great opportunity to learn about research in progress related to ACEs and child maltreatment prevention. In each session, you will learn about the research topic and methodology, and have the opportunity to engage with the researchers to share your ideas and questions! Registration is live – visit the website to sign up for webinars. Feel free to share with your networks – these are open to all. All webinars are one hour, free and open...
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How a natural disaster led one town to do something about its ACEs, past and future

Tracy Franke, principal of Darrington Elementary School, a K-8 school with 300 students, had heard about CLEAR, and called Dr. Christopher Blodgett, who runs the program, to arrange a visit from Turner. “We were hurting,” says Franke. “Our students and staff needed some tools to get through the trauma.”
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How Community Networks Stem Childhood Traumas [NYTimes.com]

[Ed. note: This is the second of a three-part series that David Bornstein is doing on how communities are integrating trauma-informed and resilience-building practices based on ACEs science.] Liberals and conservatives often disagree about the causes of poverty and other social ills. Broadly speaking, liberals point the finger at structural factors and advocate for policy changes, while conservatives look to individuals and families and favor behavior changes. Clearly, both points of view...
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How does a regional healthcare organization integrate trauma-informed care?

Slowly, but at warp speed. That’s what it feels like to take on educating 16,000 staff member in 21 hospitals that serve 29 counties, says Becky Haas, trauma informed administrator for Ballad Health. Turning around a culture, especially a health culture that’s more familiar with doing things the “traditional” way rather than embracing change, will take time and lots of repetition.
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How to stay calm during the 'Seattle Squeeze' [K5 NEWS]

Karen Clemmer ·
Try these techniques when you sit in traffic longer than you're used to during the closure of State Route 99 in Seattle. When traffic turns into a nightmare tempers flair and driver frustration turn into road rage.... ....... breathing techniques can help while you drive. The 4-7-8 technique is a common method: breathe for four seconds, hold it for seven seconds, and breathe out for eight seconds. Another way to relax is by momentarily tensing, and then relaxing. Just a few techniques for...
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Illinois Governor Signs Law to Include Social-Emotional Screening in School Health Exams

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and Diana Rauner, President of Ounce of Prevention Fund _____________________________________________ Consistent with being the first state to adopt standards for social emotional learning (SEL) in the country, Illinois recently passed legislation (SB 565, Public Act 99-0927 ) to require social and emotional screenings for children as part of the their school entry examinations. Governor Rauner (R) signed the bill on January 20. It goes into effect June 1 of...
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In Washington State, Pierce County Partners Take On the Pair of ACEs

Holly Wyrwich ·
Pierce County partners center their work on what The Building Community Resilience Collaborative calls the “pair of ACEs”: Adverse Childhood Experiences and Adverse Community Environments.
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Introduction - Getting Started

Tory Henderson ·
Resources for individuals, organizations, and communities moving along trauma and hope-informed pathways in order to: Prevent and mitigate adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Promote resilience and safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments. Promote equity and racial justice. Prevent substance abuse and promote mental health. … so that all children, youth, families and communities have equal opportunity for educational success, economic stability, health, and well-being.
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ITRC calls for Universal Resilience Education and Skills Training for Climate Trauma

Bob Doppelt ·
Sneak Preview for ITRC ACEs Connection Members! Next Tuesday, Jan. 8, the ITRC will release a major report Preparing People on the West Coast for Climate Change. The media release about the report is below (and attached). It includes a link to the webpage for the report, where people can download the full report, and find a link to the webpage with examples of resilience programs across the west coast. You can connect with the ITRC CA and PNW Facebook page:...
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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...
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Join us for a March 14 Webinar “Strategic Advocacy: Winning Policy Change without Crossing the Lobbying Line”

Please join ACEs Connection and the Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP) for a free webinar to learn how to drive public-policy change without violating the restrictions on non-profit organizations or the requirements of funders. It will beheld on Thursday, March 14 (9:00-10:30 am PT/noon-1:30 pm ET). The featured speaker of the webinar, “Strategic Advocacy: Winning Policy Change without Crossing the Lobbying Line,” is attorney Allen Mattison, an expert at helping...
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Jubilee Leadership Academy: Using ACEs Science to Transform School Culture

Jennifer Hossler ·
Students at JLA are reminded that change starts with themselves In 2004, after nearly a decade as program director at Jubilee Leadership Academy (JLA), a Christian alternative boarding school for troubled boys ages 13-18 in Prescott, WA, Rick Griffin decided to take a job in Phoenix, AZ, to work with adults with developmental disabilities. There, he began to see similarities between the issues they were having and what he saw in the kids at JLA. “There was a cognitive reason these adults I...
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Latest Road Map Project education report shows some progress, but much work remains for the region [theroadmapproject.org]

Tory Henderson ·
SEATTLE — The Road Map Project’s latest report on the state of education in King County’s areas of highest need shows some progress, but much more work needs to be done to close race and ethnic opportunity and achievement gaps. The project focuses on students in South King County and South Seattle, where 92 percent of the county’s high-poverty schools are concentrated and where the homeless student population has more than doubled from 2,000 to 4,500 since the project began in 2010. As the...
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Laws/Pending Legislation

On June 15, 2011,Washington State enacted HB 1965 . The law established a statutory definition of adverse childhood experiences that is consistent with the ACE study and codified the state’s commitment to addressing ACEs in state policy. It also...
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Leaders explore community wide resiliency [union-bulletin.com]

Clare Reidy ·
By Emily Thornton | March 10, 2019 Everyone has experienced some kind of trauma, experts say, and people need to know how to work through it to help others also facing traumatic events. That was the message presented to 35 representatives from various local organizations who attended a Community Resilience Initiative training on Friday in the Walla Walla Airport conference room sponsored by United Way of Walla Walla and organized by Walla Walla’s Community Council Speakers discussed...
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May 26 Webinar - Resilience in Washington State: What Works and How to Make it Happen

Tory Henderson ·
With Suzette Fromm Reed, community psychologist, and Dario Longhi, change/sociology researcher. Presented by the Washington State ACEs and Resilience Community of Practice. May 26, 2020 at 12:00 PM. What works? What kinds of resilience increases community-wide levels of well-being and moderates ACE impacts? Come learn about the evidence of the effects of contextual resilience based on research from 108 Washington communities. How to make it happen? What we can learn from strategies employed...
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Meet Dan Torres: Leading a Washington Effort to Ensure Safety, Stability and Nurturing for All Children

Holly Wyrwich ·
Dan Torres was traveling the country, working with state and regional agencies that were trying to improve outcomes for families involved in their child welfare systems. As an associate at the Center for the Study of Social Policy, his area of expertise was family support. While agencies and community groups were exerting incredible effort and changing the game for some, he couldn’t escape one question: How do we work more on preventing families from becoming involved in child welfare...
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Message from the Director: Dosage Matters in ECEAP [delblogspot.com]

Tory Henderson ·
Our goal as an agency is to get 90% of Washington’s children to be “ready for kindergarten,” and to have race and family income not be predictors of readiness. About 20% of Washington’s children are in families at or below 110% of the federal poverty level (FPL,) or about $24,000 for a family of four. These young people face many challenges in life and are a key part of any rational economic strategy for the state, as well as being part of the paramount duty enshrined in Washington’s...
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Mobilizing ACEs, Trauma and Resilience Networks to Support and Strengthen Pandemic Response Efforts

Anndee Hochman ·
“What are your signs of stress?” asked the leaders of a recent mindfulness webinar hosted by the Philadelphia ACE Task Force (PATF), held during the week that U.S. cases of COVID-19 neared half a million and more than sixty Philadelphians had died of the disease. Participants spilled their responses into the chat box: “headache…teeth grinding…can’t think clearly…nervous stomach…ruminating thoughts…muscle pain…itchiness…bad dreams.” [ At left: #TakeCarePHL during COVID-19 #StayHome #StaySafe.
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Mobilizing ACEs, Trauma, and Resilience Networks to Support and Strengthen Pandemic Response Efforts [MARC.HealthFederation.org]

Clare Reidy ·
By @Anndee Hochman “What are your signs of stress?” asked the leaders of a recent mindfulness webinar hosted by the Philadelphia ACE Task Force (PATF), held during the week that U.S. cases of COVID-19 neared half a million and more than sixty Philadelphians had died of the disease. Participants spilled their responses into the chat box: “headache…teeth grinding…can’t think clearly…nervous stomach…ruminating thoughts…muscle pain…itchiness…bad dreams.”
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Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC) Represented at California ACEs Conference

Jennifer Hossler ·
(L to R) Teri Barila from Children's Resilience Initiative in Walla Walla, WA along with Dr. Ariane Marie-Mitchell from San Bernardino County, CA ACEs Task Force share their ACEs journey in their communities Representatives from several MARC communities were among the 450 people who attended the 2016 Adverse Childhood Experiences Conference in San Francisco, CA on October 19th and 20th. This is the third CA ACEs conference sponsored by the Center for Youth Wellness (CYW), and it was also the...
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NEW FUNDING $4.5M for Integrated Behavioral Health Services in WA State

Karen Clemmer ·
To learn more, click here: HRSA Integrated Behavioral Health Funding in WA HRSA is awarding more than $200 million to 1,208 health centers across the nation to increase access to high quality, integrated behavioral health services , including the prevention or treatment of mental health conditions and/or substance use disorders, including opioid use disorder through the Integrated Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) program. WA State - Total Award: $ 4,507,740 to support 27 health centers...
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New grant-funded health care reporter [The Spokesman Review]

Karen Clemmer ·
There are hundreds of untold stories about rural health care and precious few resources to tell those stories. Report For America, The Spokesman-Review and the Innovia Foundation have all committed to do something about that. On June 4, The Spokesman-Review will welcome Arielle Dreher as our rural health care reporter. Report for America is a national service program that places talented emerging journalists into local news organizations to report for one to two years on under-covered issues...
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Self-Healing Communities: A Transformational Process Model for Improving Intergenerational Health

Tory Henderson ·
Self-Healing Communities: A Transformational Process Model for Improving Intergenerational Health Laura Porter, Kimberly Martin, PhD, and Robert Anda, MD, MS Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, June 2016 http://www.rwjf.org/en/library/research/2016/06/self-healing-communities.html
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New Study Shows Communities Can Reduce the Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences [Mathematic Policy Research]

[ Ed. note: Following is a media release published yesterday by Mathematica Policy Research. This follows on the heals of the report, "Self-Healing Communities" that Laura Porter, Dr. Robert Anda and WHO wrote for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Both reports and executive summaries are attached to this blog post. Both reports are significant, because they show that community ACEs initiatives -- with "modest investments and limited staff" -- are solving some of our most intractable...
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Newsletter: ACEs and Resilience

Tory Henderson ·
ACEs and Resilience Hello! You are receiving this because you are subscribed to the ACEs and Resilience Gov Delivery list. If you want to unsubscribe, see information at the bottom of this message. In this email: Webinar – Networks of Opportunity for Child Wellbeing – March 21 Free Sanctuary Model Training – April 4 & 5 – The Dalles, Oregon New ACEs Connection Community for WA – Shelton ACEs Tracker Presentation App – Invitation to add data Archived Webinar – Self-Healing Communities...
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NJ medical school program requires all first-year students to learn about ACEs science

Laurie Udesky ·
In 2015, Dr. Beth Pletcher, a pediatrician and associate professor specializing in genetics, was at the annual conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics in Washington D.C. when she heard two speakers that forever changed her work with medical students. Dr. Beth Pletcher “I went to two talks on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) that were so mind-boggling to me that I decided on my drive back to New Jersey that I had to do something about it,”says Pletcher, director of the Division...
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Over $900,000 in state grants help Clallam County fight opioid crisis [K5 NEWS]

Karen Clemmer ·
Clallam County is using a combination of strategies to fight opioid addiction, including detox medication in jail, drug court for non-violent addicts, and arming first responders with Narcan. The opioid epidemic hit Clallam County so hard, Rachel Anderson could no longer just sit and watch. With far too few people seeking treatment on their own, the drug clinic worker decided to bring the opportunity to them. She routinely brings sack lunches to those on the streets and encourages them to...
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Preventing ACEs - Press Release from Health Officials and 2019 CDC Report

Tory Henderson ·
Health Officials Seek to Prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences Press Release from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) ARLINGTON, VA (Nov. 6, 2019) —At least five of the top 10 leading causes of death are associated with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), according to a new report released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). ACEs, such as abuse, neglect, and witnessing violence or substance misuse in the home, can lead to...
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Prevention Works a Coalition of Clallam County

Tracey Hosselkus ·
PW! Update is published on Tuesday every week. If you would like to be added to our mailing list please send your name and email to info@pw4kids.org This is December 3, 2019 Newsletter! Mission: Prevention Works! is a coalition that promotes positive childhoods in Clallam County ANNOUNCEMENTS Today!!! Prevention Works will be participating in #ClallamGives. Our site it at: https://clallamgives. mightycause.com/story/Xtz3fg P lease Share! Check out our Community Clallam Resilience Project:...
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Rebuilding Lives while Building Homes: Tony McGuire's Resilience-Building Carpentry Class

Tara Mah ·
Tony McGuire is a great carpenter. He ran his own construction business for years. Then he wanted to get into teaching. He became a Tenured Faculty member at a local community college, and landed in the state penitentiary as a Basic Skills Carpentry instructor. So how could that be connected to saving lives with a 20 buck investment? Tony got touched by CRI’s trauma-informed training. He saw himself past and present and knew somehow that, “with this information comes the responsibility to...
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Reflection on the Challenges of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Join us in reflecting on the pandemic challenges shared by our ACEs Connection community members so far
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Research Grants for Preventing Violence and Violence-Related Injury - CDC

Tory Henderson ·
Thanks to Washington State Essentials for Childhood for sharing this message from the CDC. On November 8, 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released RFA-CE-20-003, Research Grants for Preventing Violence and Violence- Related Injury . CDC intends to commit up to $1,050,000 in Fiscal Year 2020 to support up to three awards. The agency is soliciting investigator-initiated research that will help expand and advance knowledge about what works to prevent violence by rigorously...
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Resilience tips for today's environment

Theresa Barila ·
I came across this graphic I had used for a Child Care Providers training. It made me think of families looking for tips while in "shelter in place". For Claim my calm , a parent's ability to remain calm is important for children to see modeled. "Serve and return" in action! Find my safe zone in my mind is having structure and routines in place. Our card speaks to this (and by the way, read books together as part of the routine!). Name my feelings helps us calm our emotions, or name it to...
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Resource List - Introduction to ACEs and Resilience

Tory Henderson ·
This resource list includes links to internet resources that introduce people to ACEs and the ACE Study. It also includes links to resources related to self-care, equity and historical trauma, the NEAR speakers bureau, resilience, and addressing ACEs in your community and in Washington State. Introduction to ACEs and Resilience Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – www.cdc.gov/ace/index.htm Adverse Childhood Experiences: Looking at How ACEs...
 
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