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Celebrating Courage and Ensuring Health For the LGBTQ Community
Jun 06, 2014 |

Celebrating Courage and Ensuring Health For the LGBTQ Community

During Pride Month, The California Endowment is celebrating the courage of the LGBTQ community to be transformative leaders in their communities and recommitting ourselves to the work that remains to create safe and healthy environments.  We believe ...
Resilience shines through at Ironwood State Prison
Jun 06, 2014 |

Resilience shines through at Ironwood State Prison

On May 10, 2014 several organizations came together to host an incredible TEDx event held within the walls of Ironwood State Prison in Blythe, California. Through the visionary work of Scott Budnick, founder of The Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC), and in collaboration with the tireless efforts of The California Endowment, The Ford Foundation, The Rosenburg Foundation, The California Wellness Foundation, and Californians for Safety and Justice, a place filled with lost dreams was reignited with a sense of being alive. Throughout the day the air was filled with words of promise, resilience, courage, and strength, shining light upon issues often left abandoned. Dreams were created on this day and hope was once again infused within the hearts of everyone present.
Jun 02, 2014 |

[Video] When time doesn't heal all wounds: Robert K. Ross, MD, presents TEDx Talk on Trauma

Robert K. Ross, MD, president & CEO of The California Endowment presenting his Tedx talk at Ironwood State Prison Robert K. Ross, MD, president & CEO of The California Endowment recently presented a Tedx talk on the role that exposure to childhood ...
[Forbes] Why Stress Triggers Depression in Some People, Resilience in Others
May 28, 2014 |

[Forbes] Why Stress Triggers Depression in Some People, Resilience in Others

Depending on your genetic makeup and a host of other variables, you’ll have a different reaction to stressful events from the people around you, and even your relatives. Some people naturally get energized by the challenge, even if it’s a frightening or intimidating one, and can’t wait to overcome it. Others feel dwarfed by the stress and just want to hide from it – this is called depression. Researchers and psychologists have long tried to tease apart why people have such different reactions to stress, and now a new study offers more clues about what’s going on in the brain to explain this difference in people’s responses.
The Case Against 8
May 27, 2014 |

The Case Against 8

On Wednesday, June 4, 2014, The California Endowment will present a sneak preview of The Case Against 8, an award-winning documentary that provides a behind-the-scenes view inside the historic case that overturned California’s ban on same-sex ...
[City Watch] California Bullying Controversies Go National
May 27, 2014 |

[City Watch] California Bullying Controversies Go National

America is shocked — and fascinated — by bullying in California. In recent days, several local stories relating to the issue have been picked up by the national news media. Together, they illustrate three important developments. First, policymakers are struggling to determine how to address threats, intimidation and violence at school. Second, bullying is moving toward center stage in America’s culture wars. Finally, attitudes on bullying are sharpening and diverging — with California as a leading barometer of public opinion.
[Windy City Media Group] LGBTQ Immigrants Stage Civil Disobedience at Santa Ana Jail
May 27, 2014 |

[Windy City Media Group] LGBTQ Immigrants Stage Civil Disobedience at Santa Ana Jail

Trans and queer immigrant activists have formed a triangular human chain linked to a metal cage blocking the entrance of the Santa Ana Police Department to call on the city of Santa Ana to terminate its contract with ICE which imprisons trans and queer people in abusive conditions in the Santa Ana City Jail. These protestors demand President Obama stop the deportations that separate families and communities. This act of civil disobedience aims to lift up the voices of the more than 267,000 undocumented LGBTQ immigrants living in the U.S. and call for "liberation, not deportation."
[SF Gate] Kids with PTSD find help through adventure-based therapy
May 05, 2014 |

[SF Gate] Kids with PTSD find help through adventure-based therapy

The three boys looked like typical kids as they strapped on harnesses and ropes to scale a 30-foot rock. They joked around, laughed, spontaneously broke into song and occasionally acted goofy. But they aren't typical. James, Jovian and James experienced something traumatic when they were younger - trauma that might come from a car crash, violence or the loss of a parent. Each has been diagnosed with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, more often seen in soldiers returning from combat.
[Huffington Post] The Fight for Black Men and Boys: What's trauma got to do with it?
May 05, 2014 |

[Huffington Post] The Fight for Black Men and Boys: What's trauma got to do with it?

There is a growing movement to address the needs of black boys and young men, and with good reason. Irrespective of geography or social standing, American black boys and young men fare much worse than their white and Hispanic peers on all major indicators of well-being. The barriers to opportunity for black youth are high and persistent, with achievement gaps, homicides, school expulsions, disproportionate contact with law enforcement, poverty, high unemployment and incarceration rates now the norm. Over the past few decades, these problems have gotten worse and more entrenched. A recent report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which examines a dozen milestones across five racial groups, highlights widening gaps between blacks and the other groups in education, health and overall well-being from birth to young adulthood. The study did not look at gender, but the authors said the index scores for African American children indicated a "national crisis."
[Long Beach Press-Telegram] Child abuse prevention is a community responsibility: Guest commentary
May 05, 2014 |

[Long Beach Press-Telegram] Child abuse prevention is a community responsibility: Guest commentary

On April 1, the City Council of Long Beach unanimously signed on to a resolution to recognize April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. We are proud to be a part of the collaborative that put this resolution together — the Long Beach Child Abuse and Neglect Network (LB CANN). Of course, we cannot relegate child abuse prevention to one month each year. Child abuse and neglect is unfortunately a year-round problem. For 40 years, For The Child has been actively helping children recover from trauma caused by domestic violence exposure, physical and sexual abuse, early neglect due to a parent’s depression or substance abuse, and many other difficult circumstances that disrupt the parent-child relationship.
[U.S. Department of Health and Human Services] New ACYF Report Shines Light on Factors that Support Youth
Apr 30, 2014 |

[U.S. Department of Health and Human Services] New ACYF Report Shines Light on Factors that Support Youth

It’s no secret that trauma impacts people differently. Some people cope with and overcome the stressful events in their lives, while others suffer physical and emotional consequences that can last a lifetime. A new report issued by the Administration on Children, Youth & Families, or ACYF, explores the factors that make children and young people more able to cope with the trauma they face. Promoting Protective Factors for In-Risk Families and Youth: A Brief for Researchers (PDF, 496k) focuses on five populations that are often victimized the most.
Health Happens Here Hero of the Month: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver
Apr 30, 2014 |

Health Happens Here Hero of the Month: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver

This week, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver restored our faith in the notions of human dignity, respect, humanity and accountability. After the utterly soul- and gut-wrenching dose of racist invective unleashed by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald ...
[KERO-TV ABC Bakersfield] Custom anti-bullying mobile reporting app being piloted by Kern County schools
Apr 23, 2014 |

[KERO-TV ABC Bakersfield] Custom anti-bullying mobile reporting app being piloted by Kern County schools

Studies show that more than 160,000 students in the United States miss school every day because they are afraid of being bullied. For this reason, Kern County Superintendent of Schools (KCSOS) spearheads the Safe Schools Ambassadors (SSA) initiative locally, which trains diverse student leaders with the skills to safely and effectively speak up when they encounter their peers bullying others. SSA is supported with funds from community partners and state and national grants, and is administrated through KCSOS’s anti-bullying partner Community Matters. In an effort to simplify the existing paper and pencil reporting system used within the SSAprogram, Community Matters has partnered with Sprigeo, developers of an innovative tool that allows students involved as Ambassadors to report whenthey witness bullying and other forms of mistreatment and how they have employed SSA skills to diffuse the situation through a mobile app or desktop computer.
[Los Angeles Times] Victims of bullying live with the consequences for decades, study says
Apr 22, 2014 |

[Los Angeles Times] Victims of bullying live with the consequences for decades, study says

Victims of bullies suffer the psychological consequences all the way until middle age, with higher levels of depression, anxiety and suicide, new research shows. The immediate ill effects of bullying have been well documented, with experts increasingly seeing it as a form of child abuse. Influential studies from Finland have made the case that people who were bullied as kids continued to suffer as young adults – girls who were bullied grew up to attempt and commit suicide more frequently by the age of 25, for instance, and boys were more likely to develop anxiety disorders.
Healing and Resilience: Crime Survivors Speak
Apr 14, 2014 |

Healing and Resilience: Crime Survivors Speak

It takes a special kind of courage to face down the worst experience of your life and turn it into something positive.  I recently had the privilege of spending a day with an extraordinary group of resilient people who have done just that. On April 7, ...
[Huffington Post] Somebody Stood up for Me: We Can Reverse the Effects of Childhood Trauma
Apr 10, 2014 |

[Huffington Post] Somebody Stood up for Me: We Can Reverse the Effects of Childhood Trauma

Speaking of his seemingly improbable success in 2007, then-Senator Barack Obama said, "I will never forget that the only reason that I'm standing here today is because somebody, somewhere stood up for me when it was risky." Recognizing those who helped him succeed, Mr. Obama touched on a simple yet critical truth: When faced with obstacles and adversity, we need the dedication and care of others to help us succeed. Last Friday, a committed group of elected officials, public health researchers and children's advocates gathered in Los Angeles to stand up for the children in California who live with a much more stark set of realities -- children who have suffered trauma and who don't have the dedication and care that they need to thrive.
[KPBS] San Diego County Responds To Growing Link Between Childhood Trauma And Health
Apr 09, 2014 |

[KPBS] San Diego County Responds To Growing Link Between Childhood Trauma And Health

San Diego County Health and Human Services director Nick Macchione sent a letter to his department last week detailing a sweep of training and programmatic tweaks to get his entire staff, and the services they offer, trauma-informed. Put simply, he wants the people who provide food stamp, unemployment, mental health, Medi-Cal and disability help in the region to be better prepared to work with people experiencing trauma.
[Al Jazeera] Poverty 'ages' genes of young children, study shows
Apr 09, 2014 |

[Al Jazeera] Poverty 'ages' genes of young children, study shows

The stress of growing up in a poor and unstable household affects children as young as 9 years old on a genetic level, shortening a portion of their chromosomes that scientists say is a key indicator of aging and illness, according to a study released Monday. The researchers say their findings are the first that document this type of genetic change among minority children and make a strong case for the importance of early-childhood intervention in vulnerable communities. Researchers examined the DNA of a small group of 9-year-old African-American boys who had experienced chronic stress as a result of growing up in families with poor socioeconomic status. They found that the boys’ telomeres were shorter than those of boys the same age and ethnicity who came from advantaged families.
[SF Gate] Therapists, Role Models, Spies: An Oakland school trains students to help mediate campus conflict
Apr 08, 2014 |

[SF Gate] Therapists, Role Models, Spies: An Oakland school trains students to help mediate campus conflict

Kyle McClerkins is in a hurry to get to his office. He just broke up a fight in the yard at Edna Brewer Middle School, and he needs to get to the bottom of it. His shirt stained with lunch milk and the sweat and spit of middle schoolers, he leaps down the stairs, runs down the checkerboard hallway, dashes past rows of fire engine-red lockers, out through the yard, into the fluorescent shell of the gym and finally into his hushed office. A dozen students, some of who witnessed the fight, arrive shortly thereafter. They sit behind desks in a big circle. His calm low voice permeating the quiet room, McClerkins soon has the students introducing themselves by passing around a “talking piece” – any little toy or object – that serves as a ticket to speak. Slowly, like a plane making its prolonged descent, they arrive at the fight. “How did it make you feel?” he asks. “What happened?” Their answers are standard middle school fare: vague and vaguely snarky, running the gamut from “I don’t care,” to “I wish they had kept fighting.” After half an hour, he dismisses them back to class in grumbling pairs.
Apr 08, 2014 |

[LA School Report] Post navigation Long-term impact of childhood trauma worse for low-income kids

A new study by the California Department of Public Health has found that childhood trauma has a long-term impact on a child’s life, and the consequences are far more prevalent among children from low-income families. It is an especially acute issue for LA Unified, which has among the highest concentrations of low-income students in the state, with more than 80 percent living at or below the
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