Advocacy Tips, December 2017

icon_pdf In recent years there has been an explosion in the number and diversity of trauma informed and resilience-building programs across the country. The current science of trauma and resilience is strong enough to warrant the widespread development of public policies and programs designed to reduce exposure to potentially traumatic events, provide support to at-risk individuals and groups,...
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Community Advocacy Network (CTIPP-CAN)

icon_pdf Congress is just now beginning to learn about the powerful discoveries that scientists have made regarding the causes and effects of toxic stress, and the exciting trauma informed programs a growing number of communities around the country are implementing. However, for real policy changes to occur in Washington D.C., it will require a focused effort to educate Senators, Congressperso...
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Talk given recently at the UN by Dr. Nancy Hardt

Talk given recently at the UN by Dr. Nancy Hardt

I have been invited here today to share news of practical steps we took in my home town in Florida, work which started with the improbable partnership between me, a physician, and our sheriff, our highest ranking law enforcement officer. We and other community partners who joined the effort began to address (without even knowing it) the UN Sustainable Development Agenda : inequalities in health care access and outcomes, inequalities in educational access and outcomes, violence against women, and...
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Science Notes: The Science of Childhood Trauma as a Driver of Chronic Illnesses

icon_pdf Chronic diseases drive the majority of medical costs and have even broader impact on overall productivity and wellbeing. Exposure to trauma and toxic stress is an important driver of the rates of chronic illness. There appear to be two main processes for the development of chronic illness...
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The Need to Address Childhood Trauma: Implications for Child Welfare and Education

When children experience trauma —including witnessing violence, a parent’s substance abuse, or living in poverty—they can suffer. Decades of research have established the link between a child’s exposure to trauma and its effect on brain development, with long-term health and societal outcomes, such as chronic disease development, mental health disorders, high school graduation, and poverty.  
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Congress Introduces Resolution Recognizing Trauma Informed Care

Congress Introduces Resolution Recognizing Trauma Informed Care

This week Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI) introduced H. Res. 443 with Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL) recognizing the importance and effectiveness of trauma-informed care. Amidst the healthcare discussion and division among party lines, this resolution marks what may be the one nonpartisan health-related issue that policymakers can come together on.
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Policy Brief on ACEs and Opioid Addiction

icon_pdf This policy brief reviews the evidence linking trauma and adverse childhood experiences to opioid addiction. It also provides examples of effective prevention and treatment programs, and describes innovative approaches being used by communities to address the current epidemic. The argument is made that efforts to address the opioid crisis will be effective only if we acknowledge the ...
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Logic’s Suicide Prevention Song Resonates with Youth

Logic’s Suicide Prevention Song Resonates with Youth

I was a little shocked to hear “1-800-273-8255” on the radio the first time – a story about someone feeling suicidal, but then coming back to a hopeful place again after talking with a counselor from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a hotline whose number is the name of this song. The hit debuted at 61 in Billboard’s 200, which means it resonates with listeners. The song is a collaboration between Logic, ft. Alessia Cara and Khalid. In a Tweet from the artist, Logic said “I felt co...
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Civility is Needed Now More Than Ever

Civility is Needed Now More Than Ever

As news of the shooting of Congressman Scalise and others at the GOP Congressional baseball practice rippled throughout the country this week, so too did the shock of yet another mass shooting. Mass shootings are so significant that in 165 days of 2017, there were 154 mass shootings. While gun control is hot topic of discussion, we need to look at an underlying cultural shift that has taken place. Before and since the election, there has been an increase in incidents of hate, intolerance, bullyi...
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Trauma Informing the Trump Administration – Tonette Walker Meets with Cabinet Leaders

Trauma Informing the Trump Administration – Tonette Walker Meets with Cabinet Leaders

Wisconsin has been on the leading edge of trauma informed transformation at the state level for more than a decade, but when First Lady Tonette Walker took this on as her platform issue, the work advanced with new momentum. In partnership with Fostering Futures, Mrs. Walker has been working to prevent trauma and address adverse childhood experiences. While the work in Wisconsin continues, Mrs. Walker has her sights set even higher, now advocating to promote change at the federal level and with t...
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    I have been invited here today to share news of practical steps we took in my home town in Florida, work which started with the improbable partnership between me, a physician, and our sheriff, our hig...
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