Community schools place health and wellness alongside learning and family supports to reinforce two-generation impact. Through community school partnerships, schools become hubs for early childhood education, well-child visits, family financial literacy, after school and summer programs, behavioral health counseling, high school and college preparation, and much more. Further, community schools present an opportunity ...more »
Can child wellness be achieved if parental wellness is lacking? What are promising practices in two-generation approaches to better mental and physical health?
My concern about this report is not the content, which is basically what many of us have written at one time or another (and it's perfectly good). It's the challenge, in these times, of making grand recommendations. For some time, I have written about the urgency of state and community level dialogue and engagement. Working with schools, with community groups, with state advocacy groups...this is where we must focus...our ...more »
This study makes clear the damage done to child development and lifelong well-being to black families in disadvantaged neighborhoods where their exposure to community violence is shockingly high. Remedial or long term changes in communities are important, but the window to help kids during their critical early years is short. The evidence tells us we need to add an urgent focus on preventing or stopping stopping harmful ...more »
When we grapple with the normalization of violence, we know that often people's diminished sense of the seriousness of harm (and therefore their willingness to commit it) follows their experience of surviving it.That surviving violence often makes people take it less seriously be surprising to some. But when we think about masculinity, about whose victimization we are socialized to value, and about adolescent development, ...more »
The point is that mental health policy needs to effectively develop a full intervention continuum: (1) promotion of mental health, (2) a focus on prevention of MH related problems, (3) a focus on responding as early after the onset of problems as is feasible, and (4) enhanced systems of care. It also needs to encompass a sophisticated approach to the role of schools. It is especially essential not to present wellness ...more »
In attempts to educate admins, teachers, and students about the impact of trauma on learning, I've had mixed responses. Admins/some teachers tend to view a "trauma-informed" models (Sanctuary, trauma-education, reflective supervision) as focused on "illness," making excuses for poor behavior, and stigmatizing. Other teachers are more open, and during training, one can see the "light bulb" moments happening for them ...more »
In response to this question - again, system-wide education, which would include information and implementation of supportive *tools* (as mentioned: safety cards, yoga, relaxation, exercise, focusing on feelings vs. facts) can foster a sense of empowerment and forward motion, rater than feeling stuck in the trauma and its impact. "We are here to give you tools to help manage the negative effects of stress" is one approach ...more »
Community, domestic and parental violence are all symptoms of the same disease - trauma. 'Fight' is a trauma response and if you live in the survival part of your brain, as many survivors to, then everything will be seen as a potential threat with only one conditioned response - violence. There really is no separation between the types of violence, only that resilience depends on whether you have experienced a physical ...more »
The Academy on Violence and Abuse (www.avahealth.org) is an interdisciplinary, non-profit professional organization that brings together experts in the health impacts of violence and abuse from across disciplines and settings. This collaborative, research-focused group was created to address the concerns highlighted in a 2002 report released by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) regarding the health impact of violence and ...more »
Regarding socio-economic disparities, in order to ensure that resources are reaching *all* children in need, education across the board is crucial. William Penn Fdn has funded programs to address this in the age 0-3 cohort; but education is needed for children, families, teachers in the K-8 and high-school levels as well, where negative behaviors tend to manifest and lead to disciplinary challenges. Teachers often comment ...more »
To what extent are current interventions evidence-based? Where are knowledge gaps greatest: in knowing what to do, or in knowing how to scale what we know works?