ACEs ConnectionCalifornia Campaign to Counter Childhood Adversity
SEPTEMBER 13, 2019

Trauma-informed groups rev up to address race, inclusion.

Article by Laurie Udesky, ACEs Connection Staff Writer

Eighteen-year-old Kia Hanson has always enjoyed her time as a youth leader at the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC). She’s worked mostly with five- and six-year-olds since she began in 2016. Recently, she tapped into new skills, especially if the kids were having a meltdown.

“If they’re off, we ask them, ‘What’s wrong?’ ‘Do you want to talk about anything?’,” she explains. “Basically asking before assuming they’re mad at the world for no reason.” 

What made the difference? She learned how to respond to kids who’ve experienced trauma. The training provided by clinicians from the neighboring Youth UpRising also helped the youth leaders hurdle some of their own barriers…
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Leaders in SF public housing deal with their own and community trauma head on.

Article by Laurie Udesky, ACEs Connection Staff Writer

On a recent Saturday, 10 people gather around a table at the offices of Trauma Transformed in Oakland, Calif., where quotes from figures like Frederick Douglas, Nelson Mandela, and Coretta Scott King grace one wall as light streams in from a skylight above. 

The group is known as the Resident Warriors, which meets weekly. One participant talks of her recovery from addiction and her mother’s murder. Another mentions being molested as a child. Chloe Underdue describes what she thought her role was in creating distance with her best friend, and how she and the friend worked through it…

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County supervisors greenlight mental health program for first responders.

On Tuesday the San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously backed a proposal creating a new behavioral health program that will provide confidential mental health services to all first responders in the county, even if they
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Fresno County adopts Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan and Risk Assessment Tool.

The Fresno County Board of Supervisors has formally adopted a Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan and Suicide Risk Assessment Tool, helping to provide a uniform approach…
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Uneven Ground Part II: Navigating Food Deserts and Swamps

When Kendy Mendoza of East Palo Alto and his wife experienced health scares over the last few years, they took action to turn their lives around. Eight years ago, when his.…
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Jennifer Kent resigns from DHCS effective Sept. 30.

Jennifer Kent leads the Dept. of Health Care Services.  Today, she sent the following email to employees announcing her resignation from the position.…
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September 19: VPI Homicide Prevention (Webinar)
October 3SoCal Learning Community (Webinar)


Jim Hickman: Trauma-informed care: It takes more than a clipboard and a questionnaire.

Wendie Skala: Core Connectivity: A foundation for empowering families.

Elena Costa: Opioid Crisis Resource.

Karen Clemmer: Senator Melissa Hurtado’s bill heads to Governor’s desk.

Natalie Rhodes: SoCal Learning Community launches 2019-20 series.

Mai Le: Secondary traumatic stress for educators: Understanding and mitigating the effects.

Elena Costa: The Advancing California’s Trauma-Informed Systems (ACTS) Project.

Bonnie Berman: Transition Age Youth (TAY) Conference in March 2020.


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