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New and Newsworthy
Governor Newsom Appoints Two New Members to California Children and Families Commission
California Governor Gavin Newsom yesterday made two appointments to the California Children and Families Commission, also known as the First 5 California Commission. To serve in the role of First 5 California Commission Chair, Governor Newsom appointed Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, California Surgeon General. Additionally, Governor Newsom appointed Elsa Mendoza Jimenez, Director of Health, Monterey County Health Department, as a Commission member.
Connecting Pediatricians to Regional Resources - February 2021
Are you looking for information about local resources and referrals for your families?

The American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 3 (AAP-CA3) and the Social Policy Institute (SPI) at San Diego State University have partnered to develop local Networks of Care–providing opportunities for pediatric providers, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders, to come together to lay a foundation for mutual understanding and trust, and build effective working relationships.
 Dovetail Learning - Supporting Providers' Resilience!
Do you feel your stress rising, especially as COVID and political disturbances are raging? We Are Resilient is a practical hands-on approach to strengthening resilience and reducing stress. We can all benefit from recognizing what gets in the way of our resilience and learning how to practice these practical skills which promote it.

We Are Resilient is particularly helpful for healthcare providers and staff to be more comfortable addressing ACEs, trauma and providing trauma-informed care. The training helps providers manage their own vicarious trauma and provides anticipatory guidance to support patients/caregivers in strengthening their own resilience skills.

2 (90-min) Interactive webinars, one week apart:

Wednesdays, Feb 10 and 17, 8:30 am PT Saturdays, Feb 20 and 27 8 :30 am PT

OR 6 (1-hour) weekly Resilience Circle sessions:
Healthcare Resilience Circles for six weeks starting Jan 12 or Feb 18, 6-7 pm PT 
Breaking the Cycle of Childhood Trauma in Rural Montana
BIG TIMBER, Mont. — Grace Foulk remembers the concerts her family would host on the sprawling lawn of their three-room log cabin in Montana’s Boulder Valley, lawn chairs arranged around a campfire as her father played guitar. Her dad had passed down his love of music to her; Grace would plead with him to teach her chords on the guitar when he got home from long days working at the local mine, and though he was exhausted, he taught her how to play. But darker moments from Grace’s childhood cast a shadow on her happy memories — childhood trauma that sits with her as vividly as her father’s songs. “I didn’t recognize a lot of the dysfunction that was going on at the time,” she said of those early years.
Toxic Stress and Its Lifelong Health Consequences
Toxic stress is brought about by repeated stressful and traumatic experiences with no supportive relationships. This is causing huge mental and physical health problems for people across the nation, including Latinos and other people of color.

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris even calls toxic stress a public health crisis.
Experts Say This Is What Children Need to Survive the COVID-19 Pandemic
It has been almost a year of pandemic parenting, all-consuming, ever-changing chaos that has tested American families in unprecedented ways.

Schools closed, then opened, then closed again. Playdates were fewer and fraught with new rules. Working parents often did their jobs without child care, while parents of teens did their best to buffer against a litany of losses – friends, sports, proms, graduations. For many low-income families, COVID-19 exacerbated existing hardships, and toxic stress trickled down from parent to child.
Join Us for ACEs Virtual Office Hours and Case Discussions!

Our most recent ACEs Virtual Office Hours was led by Dr. Wendy Pavlovich and centered on anticipatory guidance for children and families with a history of trauma and adversity. Dr. Pavlovich provided additional resources for childhood and family trauma which can be found below.

The next ACEs Virtual Office Hours and Case Discussions (Formerly ACEs Virtual Offices Hours) will be held on Tuesday, April 13th 2021 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. For those interested in attending, please register here.

Get a taste ACEs Virtual Office Hours by watching the clip above!
Resources To Help You Support Your Patients
Updated ACEs Self-Care Tool Handout
Highlights From Recent Trainings/Webinars
(We watched them in case you didn't have time to!)
Join the Movement to Screen, Treat, and Heal Toxic Stress
Watch this short clip from the California Surgeon General highlighting the impact of ACEs and where to receive training for ACEs screening.
ACEs Virtual Office Hours Highlight "Always Have A Door Open"
Watch this short clip from last month's Virtual Office Hours
Upcoming Webinars/Events/Trainings
(Skimmed down so you know these are worthwhile!)
4th Annual Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools Conference

February 15th -18th, 2021

"Staff Wellness, Vicarious Trauma & Burnout: Is it Real? What are the Differences"

February 18, 2021
Noon - 2 p.m

Birth of Brilliance Conference

February 25th, 2021
8:30 AM - 4:45 PM (PST)

AAP-CA3 ACEs Committee Meeting

March 16th, 2021
6:30 PM-8 PM

AAP-CA3 DB Peds Committee Meting

April 19th, 2021
6:30 PM - 8PM.

Panel Discussion: What Happens After ACEs Screening? Effective Clinical Response & Community Partnership

February 18th, 2021

Panel Discussion: Spiritual Aspects of Maltreatment, Prevention of ACEs and Corporal Punishment

March 18th, 2021

Impact of Childhood Exposure to IPV and other ACEs on Health and Well-being Throughout the Lifespan (Kathy Francheck, MD)

April 8th, 2021

Balancing ACEs with HOPE: Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences (Robert Sege, MD, PhD)

April 22nd, 2021

Steven J. Parker Memorial Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric Conference

March 5th and March 12th 2021
1-5 PM (EST)
Critical Issues in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference

March 19th, 2021
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM