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Re: A Review of Community Efforts to Mitigate and Prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma

Karen Clemmer ·
Thank you so much for this comprehensive report! Your report will help inform our work in Sonoma County CA! I love how you have so clearly and carefully woven together public health and community health into a powerful model capable of transforming a whole community, across all sectors! Karen
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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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$1.7 million coming to Grays Harbor for opioid response [KXRO]

Karen Clemmer ·
HRSA Announcement, August 13, 2019, KXRO Summit Pacific Medical Center and Grays Harbor Public Hospital District #1 have received nearly $2 million to implement an opioid response program. The Health Resources and Services Administration announced a grant opportunity for eligible facilities for the “Rural Communities Opioid Response Program ”. The multi-year opioid-focused initiative was said to be aimed at “reducing the morbidity and mortality of substance use disorder (SUD), including...
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12 Myths of the Science of ACEs

The two biggest myths about ACEs science are: MYTH #1 — That it’s just about the 10 ACEs in the ACE Study — the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study . It’s about sooooo much more than that. MYTH #2 — And that it’s just about ACEs…adverse childhood experiences. These two myths are intertwined. The ACE Study issued the first of its 70+ publications in 1998, and for many people it was the lightning bolt, the grand “aha” moment, the unexpected doorway into a blazing new...
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2017 Rural Behavioral Health Webinar Series

Tory Henderson ·
he 2017 Rural Behavioral Health Webinar Series will provide resources and information on innovative approaches to address rural community behavioral health. These approaches are embedded in a public health framework that acknowledges the role that social, economic, and geographic elements play in the lives of individuals and how they impact behavioral health and well-being. Through these webinars participants will learn about strategies to create and sustain services and supports that reduce...
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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 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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ACEs Prevention: What's measurable and meaningful progress?

Dominic Cappello ·
I am often asked, “What are the benefits of ACEs prevention work being data-driven, cross-sector and systemic?” I also hear, “Isn’t raising awareness of ACEs enough?” These are important questions. From our work in child welfare we know that many parents struggle to gain access to behavioral health care, safe shelter and living wage jobs. Imagine twenty-year-old single parent Deirdre with her three-year-old son Ethan. She grew up experiencing emotional trauma and faces huge challenges. She...
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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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‘Ambassadors of Hope’ Trauma-sensitive schools understand the whole child [DerbyInformer.com]

Samantha Sangenito ·
Kindergarten teacher Erica Nunemaker ripped down the clip chart she used for behavior management in her classroom. Children moved their clip up for good behavior and down for bad behavior. Nunemaker realized the same students were moving down every day. The clip was a public display of the student’s failure, and children weren’t learning how to fix their behavior. “I’ve noticed that a lot of times we discipline them and tell them that’s not right ... but then we don’t give them a solution to...
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American Academy of Pediatrics Addresses Racism and Its Health Impact on Children and Teens [aap.org]

By Maria Trent, et. al., American Academy of Pediatrics, July 29, 2019 Racism has a profound impact on children’s health. With the goal of helping all children reach their full potential, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is publishing new recommendations on ways to lessen the impact of racism on children and teens. In the policy statement, “ Racism and Its Impact on Child and Adolescent Health ,” the AAP calls on pediatricians to create welcoming, culturally competent medical...
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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 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 Washington will become leaders in ending the ACEs epidemic

Dominic Cappello ·
Childhood trauma is at epidemic rates. To address this public health crisis, our non-profit just published Anna, Age Eight: The data-driven prevention of childhood trauma and maltreatment. You can learn more here: www.AnnaAgeEight.org We have an opportunity to strengthen our vital work through a data-driven, cross-sector and systemic ACEs prevention strategy. Our non-profit Safety+Success Communities is launching the nation's first data-driven and cross-sector ACEs prevention project...
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Howard Pinderhughes Inspires Community Healing in 2017 UCSF Last Lecture [ucsf.edu]

Tory Henderson ·
In Martin Luther King Jr.’s last book published before his assassination, he reflected on the civil rights movement and asked, “Where do we go from here? Chaos or community?” That same question resonates today, said Howard Pinderhughes , PhD, during the 2017 UCSF Last Lecture , in which he highlighted the importance of community and social justice in tackling health care challenges. Now in its sixth year, the UCSF Last Lecture has become an annual tradition in which a UCSF faculty member is...
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HUGE CROWD AT SEQUIM MAT MEETING KEEPS IT CIVIL WHILE AIRING DIFFERENCES [Radio Pacific Inc]

Karen Clemmer ·
By Pepper Fisher, Aug 9, 2019, Local News SEQUIM – At Thursday evening’s MAT clinic meeting presented by the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, some 700-800 people squeezed into Guy Cole Center in Sequim, with a hundred more seated outside to listen to the proceedings broadcast over speakers. Opponents of the proposed clinic were matched in number by supporters, but a solid law enforcement presence and the decision to start the proceedings with a prayer calling for civility contributed to easing...
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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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Keeping people out of crisis: Unit combines law enforcement, mental health worker [The Spokesman Review]

Karen Clemmer ·
By Arielle Dreher, July 19, 2019 Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Moman and Frontier Behavioral Health mental health clinician Holly Keller were riding around on their shift this summer when they got an urgent call. The family of a man who had run into traffic before had called 911 to report he was running away from home, and deputies who had already responded to the situation said he was not following commands. Moman and Keller rushed to the scene. When they arrived, the man was standing...
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King County Medical Examiner’s Office report: What we learned from those who died in 2016 [kentreporter.com]

Alicia Doktor ·
Public Health – Seattle & King County posted the following article Tuesday by Lindsay Bosslet based on the King County Medical Examiner’s Office 2016 death report: Last year, 14,373 people died in King County. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office investigated those that were sudden, unexpected or unnatural – 2,494 deaths. But, the count of life lost is more than a number. By tracking and analyzing different manners of death as well as trends in homicides, traffic fatalities, and...
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Latest ACEs science research from PubMed, February 12, 2019

Morgan Vien ·
Hair cortisol in the perinatal period mediates associations between maternal adversity and disrupted maternal interaction in early infancy. Nyström-Hansen M, Andersen MS, Khoury JE, Davidsen K, Gumley A, Lyons-Ruth K, MacBeth A, Harder S. Dev Psychobiol . 2019 Feb 12. doi: 10.1002/dev.21833. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 30747450 elect item 3074 Child maltreatment is mediating long-term consequences of household dysfunction in a population representative sample. Clemens V, Berthold O, Witt A,...
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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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Medical students' ACE scores mirror general population, study finds

Laurie Udesky ·
A national survey published in 2014 revealed a disturbing finding. Compared to college graduates pursuing other professions, medical students, residents and early career physicians experienced a higher degree of burnout. Citing that article, a group of researchers at University of California at Davis School of Medicine wondered whether medical students’ childhood adversity and resilience played a role in their burnout, said Dr. Andres Sciolla, an associate professor of psychiatry and...
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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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Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities through Policy and Advocacy: A Toolkit for Trauma-Informed, Cross-Sector Networks

Clare Reidy ·
The Health Federation of Philadelphia is excited to launch Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities through Policy and Advocacy: A Toolkit for Trauma-Informed, Cross-Sector Networks . This resource supports network engagement in policy and advocacy efforts that are critical for achieving trauma-informed change and building community resilience. Use it to: Explore what counts as "trauma-related" policy. Think critically about advocacy roles networks can play. Be inspired by examples of...
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'Nature prescriptions' could be the next health revolution - and Washington is an early adopter [Inlander]

Karen Clemmer ·
D r. Robert Zarr steps into the patient room and sees a teenage girl. Lately, the 17-year-old has been experiencing repeated panic attacks, giving her so much chest pain that she had to be rushed to the emergency room each time. She's looking for answers from Dr. Zarr. Instead, it's Zarr who asks a question. "Do you have a way to spend time outside?" he says. "Well, there's this hammock at my dad's house," she replies. "What about lying there for a while, and just noticing the leaves?" Zarr...
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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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New Publications from the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Tory Henderson ·
The SAMHSA Spotlight series highlights different approaches to building trauma-informed, resilient communities. Each Spotlight explores strategies for developing trauma-informed communities and discusses the consequences of trauma and adversity for clients. A setting is trauma informed if the people in that setting realize the widespread prevalence of trauma, recognize the signs and symptoms, respond in an understanding and supportive manner, and resist doing further harm. Introduction.
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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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Opioid crisis, adverse childhood experiences take center stage in community forum [Yakima Herald]

Karen Clemmer ·
By Tammy Ayer, June 21, 2019 Yakima Herald-Republic The woman’s weight loss was impressive. In 51 weeks, she went from 408 pounds to 132 pounds. But she regained it even faster, which perplexed Dr. Vincent J. Felitti . She was just one of the approximately 50 percent of the patients at his weight-loss clinic in San Diego who regained what they lost, Felitti recalled at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences on Friday. “Look at the photo on the left, a little girl of age 8,” he said...
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PCEs and Building Resilience - Oct 21 workshop

Mary Power ·
Have you read or heard about the new study on Positive Childhood Experiences (PCEs)? Join Sound Discipline for our next Building Resiliency workshop (Oct 21) to learn how to be a buffer against trauma and toxic stress in your community. Read below for a note from Sound Discipline Executive Director, Jody McVittie MD, on PCEs and Building Resilience. As a former practicing family physician, I love when the science catches up to what we already know from our own experience of working with...
 
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