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Take the Privilege Walk Many of us have done a "Privilege Walk" at some point in our lives. The purpose of the walk is to expose the lifelong impact of privileges and ‘normality’ that we were either born into or born without. The exercise can very powerfully help identify all of the factors that were in place before we began making our own choices in life, factors that reinforce and widen gaps in resources and access to opportunities. The rules are simple. The traditional "Privilege Walk" exercise helps unveil the distance between those who have privilege and those who don’t. Reconfiguring the “Privilege Walk” into the “Circle of Privilege” exercise was meant to help groups center their work and energy on community building, and illustrate that everyone has a role in social change work. Those who are in the center at the end of this exercise are those who have been most impacted by inequality, and they should be on the frontlines of the work we do to create a better society and a safe and healthy planet.

To prevent childhood trauma, pediatricians screen children and their parents…and sometimes, just parents…for childhood trauma « ACEs Too High Tabitha Lawson and her two happy children When parents bring their four-month-olds to a well-baby checkup at the Children’s Clinic in Portland, OR, Drs. Teri Petersen, R.J. Gillespie and their 15 other partners ask the parents about their adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). When parents bring a child who’s bouncing off the walls and having nightmares to the Bayview Child Health Center in San Francisco, Dr. In rural northern Michigan, a teacher tells a parent that her “problem” child has ADHD and needs drugs. What’s an ACE score? Why is it important? The CDC’s Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE Study) measured 10 types of childhood adversity: sexual, physical and verbal abuse, and physical and emotional neglect; and five types of family dysfunction – witnessing a mother being abused, a household member who’s an alcoholic or drug user, who’s been imprisoned, or diagnosed with mental illness, or loss of a parent through separation or divorce. Her pediatrician, Dr. Dr.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study |Child Maltreatment|Violence Prevention|Injury Center|CDC Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to navigation Skip directly to page options Skip directly to site content Get Email Updates To receive email updates about this page, enter your email address: CDCViolence PreventionChild MaltreatmentACE Study Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Recommend on Facebook Tweet Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. ACEs can be prevented. More( 1 of 4 CDC-Kaiser ACE Study Learn more about the original study including ACE definitions, study demographics, and major findings. More( BRFSS ACE Data Learn more about the BRFSS ACE module including ACE definitions, study demographics, and major findings. More( Resources Journal Articles Top

Dear New Doctor... - Assessment 2020 : Assessment 2020 This post was written by Donna R. Cryer, CEO of CryerHealth. Dear New Doctor, Hello and welcome! While you may have been told that medicine today is about winning grants, authoring publications, following guidelines, checking boxes in EMRs or jumping through hoops for administrators or regulators, I am here to tell you a secret – it is still about you and me. I am active, engaged, empowered and—like many of the patients you will encounter—medically complex with multiple chronic conditions. Seek first to understand, then to be understood. So, New Doctor, I hope this was helpful. Here’s to both our health and happiness! Sincerely, Your New Patient Medical education and the healthcare system – why does the curriculum need to be reformed?

Twelve tips for teaching social determinants of health in medicine. My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward The first time I saw my wife walking around the Georgetown campus I shouted out “Buongiorno Principessa!” like a buffoon. She was Italian, radiant, way out of my league, but I was fearless and almost immediately in love. Two years after graduation we married, when we were both just 24 years old and many of our friends were still looking for first jobs. One night, as I approached Giulia’s room, she saw me and collapsed on her bed, chanting “Voglio morire, voglio morire, voglio morire.” Giulia had a concrete life plan: to become a director of marketing at a fashion company and have three kids by the time she turned 35. This is where that lovely storyline ends. After only a few weeks in her new position, Giulia’s anxiety level rose beyond anything I’d ever seen. She saw a therapist, then a psychiatrist who prescribed antidepressants and sleeping pills, which we both naively thought was a huge overreaction. (Photos: Courtesy of Mark Lukach) That fantasy shattered in the waiting room.

How to Listen Between the Lines: Anna Deavere Smith on the Art of Listening in a Culture of Speaking by Maria Popova “Some people use language as a mask. And some want to create designed language that appears to reveal them but does not.” In his exquisite taxonomy of the nine kinds of silence, Paul Goodman included “the silence of listening to another speak, catching the drift and helping him be clear.” Half a century after John Cage demonstrated that we only hear what we listen for, Smith set out to explore her intuition that in order to develop a voice, one has to “develop an ear”; that words can be as much “the most important doorway into the soul of a person” as “the doorway into the soul of a culture.” Smith writes: The creation of language is the creation of a fiction. In a sentiment that calls to mind Adrienne Rich’s crystalline conception of the liar as someone who loses sight of “the possibilities that exist between two people, or among a group of people,” Smith adds: Our ability to create reality, by creating fictions with language, should not be abused. Donating = Loving