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NCAR: When a community, organization, agency or business says it’s trauma-informed, what should that mean?
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If an agency has all of its staff attend a trauma-informed workshop, does that mean it's trauma-informed? If an organization does training about trauma-informed care without mentioning the ACE Study,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tina Marie Hahn, MD 9 hours ago.

NCAR: What should NCAR do next?
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Hold a national summit open to everyone? A series of state summits? Seed communities with funding for community organizers to bring people together across sectors to integrate ACEs in all…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tina Marie Hahn, MD Jul 21.

NCAR: What was your "light bulb" moment for understanding the impact of ACEs research? And how have you created "light bulb" moments for others?"
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An example from the December 2013 NCAR summit: Teri Barila, co-founder of the Children's Resilience Initiative in Walla Walla, WA, recalled how a woman whom she had known for years -- she’d provided…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Sporleder Jul 17.

NCAR: How can you convince the average person to care about adverse childhood experiences?
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Today the Health Federation of Philadelphia and RWJF released proceedings from the first meeting of…Continue

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Tina Marie Hahn, MD replied to Jane Stevens's discussion NCAR: When a community, organization, agency or business says it’s trauma-informed, what should that mean?
"Trauma informed is unfortunately a long process. I think I am pretty trauma informed. But that came from years of trying to learn about trauma, what happened to me, how does my brain respond, why am I always afraid? It came from years of reading…"
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NCAR: When a community, organization, agency or business says it’s trauma-informed, what should that mean?

If an agency has all of its staff attend a trauma-informed workshop, does that mean it's trauma-informed? If an organization does training about trauma-informed care without mentioning the ACE Study, is that being trauma-informed? If a healthcare organization gives its staff training and new guidelines on how to interact with patients, but doesn't have the staff examine their own trauma, is that being trauma-informed?    What should trauma-informed mean?  See More
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Robert Olcott commented on Jane Stevens's group Books!
"Thanks for the reminder, Jane. I replied to another member about an item I found, which I first learned of through the SPSCOT list serve network. It's not a book, but rather a trauma-informed Continuing Education presentation for Primary Care…"
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Robert Olcott commented on Jane Stevens's group Books!
"I hope Susan Lawrence, M.D. will post her book: "Creating A Healing Society: and how unhealed trauma...". and how ACEs in her own and others lives... Thank You Doctors Felitti, and Hahn ... for Scared Sick, and It's More Expensive to…"
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Giving traumatized kids a head start in healing [PBS News Hour]

Every year, thousands of children in the U.S. are expelled from school before they reach kindergarten. PBS News Hour special correspondent Molly Knight Raskin reports on the Head Start-Trauma Smart program in Kansas City, Missouri, that’s trying to stem the trend by looking beyond the classroom to the issues these children face…See More
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Robert Olcott replied to Jane Stevens's discussion NCAR: How can you convince the average person to care about adverse childhood experiences?
"I spent part of last night searching for a printed copy I put somewhere...but didn't find it, yet. Jane Stevens and/or Chris Engel, from this Discussion may possibly have filed an electronic copy or a link to it in…"
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Vincent J. Felitti, MD commented on Jane Stevens's group Books!
"Another useful book is Scared Sick.  ScaredSick.pdf  Here is a review of the book."
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Tina Marie Hahn, MD commented on Jane Stevens's group Books!
"It's More Expensive to Do Nothing Criminal Justice at the Crossroads It's More Expensive to Do Nothing explores the dark and often disregarded world of criminal justice, the revolving door of institutionalization, the complexities of…"
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Tina Marie Hahn, MD commented on Jane Stevens's blog post As Juvenile Arrests Plummet, California Still Investing in Incarceration Facilities [ChronicleforSocialChange.org]
"It's More Expensive to Do Nothing Criminal Justice at the Crossroads It's More Expensive to Do Nothing explores the dark and often disregarded world of criminal justice, the revolving door of institutionalization, the complexities of…"
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Tina Marie Hahn, MD commented on Jane Stevens's blog post Will $650 Million in Genetic Studies Solve the Mystery of Mental Illness?
"An with the new field of epigenetics, this becomes so complex that you cannot find "the gene". I don't even believe a mental illness gene exists.  The brain develops in context and relationship with the environment.  Spend…"
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Tina Marie Hahn, MD commented on Jane Stevens's blog post Rich Urban Mom Addicts Get Sobriety Coaches; Poor Moms Get Jail [Alternet.org]
"This same thing happens in our Family Court here in a Rural Area.   Our family judge (I have discussed with him what ACEs are and how they relate to drug addicted mothers and even why mothers may use in the first place (to self-medicate pain),…"
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Joan Norton replied to Jane Stevens's discussion NCAR: How can you convince the average person to care about adverse childhood experiences?
"I am very interested in the curriculum too. Please post about it if you find it."
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Robert Olcott replied to Jane Stevens's discussion NCAR: How can you convince the average person to care about adverse childhood experiences?
"An issue of Health Law Project Library Bulletin published at University of Pennsylvania, had a cover article by a family physician who described three patients who taught him something he didn't learn in medical school: 1) an elderly man who…"
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What's your profession?
I'm founder and manager of ACEsConnection, a virtual community of practice, and the founder and editor of the ACEsTooHigh.com news site. I'm also writing a book about how people are implementing practices based on ACE Study, trauma-informed and resilience concepts.

As founder and manager of ACEsConnection, it's my responsibility to the network members to make sure that this is a safe place and a trusted source.

I also help people who are unfamiliar with how to interact on virtual communities of practice, and give them guidance and tips to interact successfully and to build their own sub-communities (e.g., domestic violence, foster care) in this larger community.

I’ve been a health, science and technology journalist for decades. Prior to launching the ACEs sites, I was director of media strategies at The World Company in Lawrence, KS, where we broke new ground in the field of journalism by developing a local social journalism health news site called WellCommons.com. It's a model for a network of local health sites I plan to create in California.

I’m on an advisory group for ReportingonHealth.com, an online community of USC Annenberg’s California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships. I’m also co-director, with Dr. Lori Dorfman, of the Reporting on Violence project, which has operated out of the Berkeley Media Studies Group since the mid 1990s. It was that project that provided an education about violence epidemiology, and eventually led to the ACE Study, and a story for the Sacramento Bee in 2005. You can find it on the ACEsTooHigh.com news site, after the quiz on the "Got Your ACE Score?" tab.

I went digital in 1996, as one of the first video journalists for New York Times TV, then did multimedia reporting for Discovery Channel’s Web site. I’ve lived and reported from Kenya and Bali, Indonesia; have been to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean on the deep-sea submersible Alvin, and to the “bottom of the world” in Antarctica three times on research icebreakers.
What organization do you work for?
ACEsTooHigh, ACEsConnection
What is your interest in ACE concepts?
Growing a community of people who are implementing ACE concepts personally or professionally; creating a safe place and a trusted source to do so.

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Giving traumatized kids a head start in healing [PBS News Hour]

Every year, thousands of children in the U.S. are expelled from school before they reach kindergarten. PBS News Hour special correspondent Molly Knight Raskin reports on the Head Start-Trauma Smart program in Kansas City, Missouri, that’s trying to stem the trend by looking beyond the classroom to the…

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Posted on July 26, 2014 at 3:00pm

Rich Urban Mom Addicts Get Sobriety Coaches; Poor Moms Get Jail [Alternet.org]

If you’re a rich mom, addiction is a health issue. If you’re poor, rural, or a person of color, addiction is a crime. Women at the lower rungs of the economic ladder can have their children taken away if they are found to be using drugs or are charged with child endangerment. They are branded as…

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Posted on July 25, 2014 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Thousands of prisoners treated for mental illness

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The nation's largest prison system has spent more than $36.5 million on psychotropic drugs to treat thousands of offenders in the past four years, according to federal Bureau of Prisons data supplied to USA TODAY.

Nearly 10% of the 216,000 inmates are receiving…

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Posted on July 25, 2014 at 12:00pm

Toxic Stress, Toxic Streets [Center for Youth Wellness]

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We’re proud to share “Toxic Stress, Toxic Streets,” a music video from the brilliant and talented students of Leadership High School in collaboration with H20 Productions…

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Posted on July 25, 2014 at 12:00pm

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At 8:31am on July 22, 2014, Elizabeth G. Vermilyea said…

Jane, Thank you for your welcome. I am so happy to be a part of this community!

At 5:13pm on July 21, 2014, Liz Mullinar said…

Thanks for the invite. I am part of the Heal For Life  Foundation running affordable healing centres in Australia England and the Philipinnes (later this year) it would be good to link our Facebook pages as you seem to have great info available . I'll post the link later

At 4:47pm on July 20, 2014, E.C. Hurley, Ph.D said…

Thanks Jane for your welcome.  I am appreciative to be part of this network and look forward to learning and participating.

E. C. Hurley

At 9:36pm on July 13, 2014, June Parkin AFAIM CPMgr said…

Thanks very much Jane

At 9:24pm on July 7, 2014, Elaine Miller Karas said…

Dear Jane:  Thank you for the lovely welcome!  Mary Lou and I had a lively conversation in Claremont a few weeks ago about our shared passion.  I am most grateful to your efforts to bring a community together to respond to the ACE study.   I hope to contribute to your organization.  I have just posted both websites on our Trauma Resource Institute's Facebook page.   Elaine Miller-Karas

At 4:31pm on July 6, 2014, Donna Syed said…

Thanks, again, Jane!  The work I'm doing right now would appreciate feedback, comments and any other help or interest it may lend or garner.  I will certainly share more here and I look forward to learning from the community.  Please always fee free to seek out any advice from me about online presence/marketing (my bread and butter job) for AcesTooHigh.com.  The message, mission and work is far too important not to be widely known and expanded.

Donna Syed

At 12:38pm on July 1, 2014, Aileen Fink said…

Hi Jane,

 

I didn't remember seeing information about the AAP Symposium on Child Health, Resilience & Toxic Stress in the daiily or weekly emails?  Just in case it didn't make it in the information sharing- there are good resources posted on their page at http://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/federal-advocacy/Pages/Symposium.aspx.

 

Take Care-

At 6:14am on June 24, 2014, Dominic Varle said…

Thanks for adding me and your warm welcome. I look forward to exploring more and contributing once I've finished my dissertation in a few weeks.

DV

At 3:04pm on June 23, 2014, Chris Pulley said…

Thanks Jane! I'm following @acestoohigh now on Twitter as well.

I just started my new public health twitter: @cpulleyhealth

At 12:31pm on June 12, 2014, Shannon Nosenzo said…

Thanks for the tip Jane! I made a request to join the group.

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