May 26, 2022general
Foster Care Awareness Month Guest Blog by Tiffany Sickler, Executive Director, Koinonia Family Services
May 24, 2022general
Mental Health Month Interview with Mental Health Legislative Champion Senator Wiener
May 18, 2022general
Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month - Guest Blog by Assemblymember Phil Ting
ACEs Champion Spotlight: Kings County – The Power of Community to Prevent Toxic Stress
Finding Faith Community, Nature, Exercise, Nutrition, and Mindfulness to Heal Intergenerational Trauma
This guest blog features a Catalyst Conversation with La Tausha Wade, Transformational Life Coach and Mental Health Coordinator, who discovered the power of alternative buffering protections, such as faith community, nature, exercise, nutrition, and mindfulness, to heal herself, and others from adversity and the cycle of intergenerational trauma.
Addressing the Family Unit: Supporting Foster Youth and Families Through Adversity, Permanency, and Cross-Sector Collaboration
In this guest blog, Cynthia Garcia Williams, a Lead Parent Partner at Sycamores, discusses how cross-sector collaboration supports foster youth and families through adversity to permanency, to lead happy, healthy lives.
November 5, 2021general
Rising Up From Adversity: Connecting Transitional Age Youth to Life Skills
In this Catalyst Conversation, Otto Errett, Youth Advocate and Transition Aged Youth at Sycamores, proposes desired changes to the foster care system to address adversity, including connecting transition age youth to opportunities that teach life skills while they are still in safe, stable, protective, and equitable environments, to equip them before they transition out of the system.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month Guest Blog By California State Senator Susan Rubio
Overcoming Intergenerational Trauma to Promote Healing: Moving Through Grief, Loss, and Love
Dretona Maddox shares her inspirational story of surviving early adversity, including parental loss to suicide, abuse, neglect, and becoming a pregnant teen, to reveal her motivation to heal black, intergenerational trauma through ACE screening, and access to community supports, including resources for pregnant and parenting teens of all backgrounds.
October 14, 2021general
Using ACE Screening and Cross-Sector Referrals to Address Cumulative Adversity
A Stories of Impact Campaign Guest Blog Post by Ramiro ZúñigaVice President, Medical Director - Medi-Cal, Health Net.
CDC Racism and Health Initiative
Dr. Walensky announced her agency’s new robust initiative to address racial disparities in healthcare, Racism and Health. This initiative’s goal is to bring race equity to the top of the CDC’s agenda. To Dr. Walensky, prioritizing race equity is crucial to the agency’s implementation of interventions. “It has to be baked into the cake; it’s got to be part of what everybody is doing,” she stresses.
July 30, 2021general
Student Mental Health Guest Blog post by Assemblymember James C. Ramos
A guest blog post on student mental health by Assemblymember James C. Ramos.
July 27, 2021general
BIPOC Mental Health Month Guest Blog Post from The Guidance Center
Guest blog post in honor of BIPOC Mental Health Month by The Guidance Center in Long Beach.
Bringing the science of childhood trauma to the courtroom: How North Carolina is spearheading an effort to educate the court system on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Jewel and Her Journey in Cultivating Awareness to Heal Pain
“Here is something a lot of mental health advocates may not tell you: Meditation alone will not change your life. You have to find a way to put that conscious presence to work. You have to find practicable things to do if you really want to rewire your negative habits or make better decisions for your happiness. Putting mindfulness in motion is what my life has really been about.” – Jewel Having grown up with a turbulent childhood, singer Jewel cultivated awareness to heal pain. Read about her moving journey below!
June 30, 2021general
Pride Month Guest Blog Post by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara
Guest blog post in celebration of Pride Month by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara.
ACEs Aware Office Hour: A Discussion on Trauma-informed Care and Interoperability
May 19, 2021general
How to Save a Life by Sitting Down
"How to Save a Life by Sitting Down," a blog post written by David Bartley. David is a speaker, storyteller and trainer who sheds light on the issue of mental illness.
February 15, 2021general
Community Alternatives and Resistance to Disruptive Systems that Harm Black Families
October 28, 2020general
Managing Post-Election Stress
A recent Psychiatric Times article titled “Presidential Election Anxiety and the Role of Psychiatry,” by H. Steven Moffic, MD, discussed how the factors that contribute to today’s environmental traumas (e.g., the coronavirus pandemic, the economy, climate instability, physician burnout, an endless war on terrorism, returning to the classroom (or not), and racism, among other societal and personal stressors) can foster election anxiety. An excerpt from his description of election anxiety polls is provided below, detailing the impact on specific populations facing vulnerable circumstances, followed by a resource on how to deal with election stress that may help you and/or your staff address these very real experiences through a trauma-informed lens.
October 21, 2020general
3 Benefits of Utilizing the Trauma-Informed Approach in Health Care Settings
As health care providers become increasingly aware of trauma’s contribution to negative health outcomes, there is a growing consensus of professionals who recognize the importance of utilizing trauma-informed approaches in health care settings.
October 14, 2020general
Reflections of ACEs Awareness from Provider Listening Sessions
Recently, the Catalyst Center hosted regional listening sessions throughout the state of California, convening partners from a variety of sectors such as healthcare, social services, and behavioral health. The listening sessions provided richopportunities for professionals with differing experiences to come together to discuss strengths and barriers of facilitating cross-sector partnerships in the treatment and prevention of ACEs in their communities of practice. The following are three key takeaways from these powerful sessions:
September 4, 2020general
The Potential Power of Cross-Sector Collaborations to Impact Prevention Outcomes
Systems for Action recently hosted a webinar to introduce a new study-in-progress to test an innovative model for preventing child maltreatment and adverse child experiences (ACEs) by aligning health and social services for vulnerable families in St. Louis.