Friday Update

CMHNetwork Friday Update 10-2-20

October 02, 2020

Greetings, faithful readers. Let’s start with a song for Sue Smith, founder of the Georgia Parent Support Network, lifelong advocate, and a faithful reader since the beginning of the Network! Embrace the soulful sound of Susan Tedeschi, as she is joined by the incomparable slide guitarist, Derek Trucks, and the rest of the Tedeschi-Trucks band as they perform Midnight in Harlem. Enjoy the tune, Sue. You are an advocacy giant who has done so much for so many. As for the rest of ya’s, this is a performance that you want to let marinate through your bones, so close the door, put your headphones on, and give in to the groove. But then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz, we got work to do!

Most Important Reads of the Week

Choose Wisely: Practical, Effective Tools to Select and Implement New EBPs
Mark your calendar! Monday, October 5, 2020, at 1 pm EDT
This second webinar of a two-part series from the Child and Family Evidence Based Practice Consortium presents another tool for organizing careful selection, installation, and implementation of evidence-supported programs.

Understanding the Landscape of Stakeholder Involvement in Mental and Behavioral Health Services Research
As part of a PCORI-funded grant, a participatory research collaborative based at the University of South Florida is conducting a national survey to better understand the landscape of stakeholder involvement in mental and behavioral health services research and barriers to the greater inclusion of stakeholders. Check it out, and participate!

Ta-Nehisi Coates to Address “Racial Equity and Housing Justice During and After COVID-19” on October 6!
Join NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel and Ta-Nehisi Coates, National Book Award winner and distinguished writer in residence at  NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, for a conversation on “Racial Equity and Housing Justice during and after COVID-19” on October 6, at 1 pm ET. Register today for this live-stream event at Be sure to submit questions for Ta-Nehisi through the registration page or via social media using #RacialEquityandCOVID

Get the Facts About Children’s Health Insurance
Make sure kids in your community aren’t sidelined this season because they don’t have health insurance. Medicaid and CHIP offer free or low-cost health insurance that can get your team covered and get them in the game.

Aprenda más sobre el seguro de salud para niños
Asegúrese de que los niños de su comunidad no se queden fuera del equipo esta temporada por no tener seguro de salud. Medicaid y CHIP ofrecen seguro médico gratuito o a bajo costo que puede darle cobertura a su equipo y ayudarlos a jugar para ganar.

Race, Trauma, and Resilience: Addressing Trauma to Support Better Mental Health
Audrey B. Smolkin, University of Massachusetts Medical School
One significant underlying cause of adolescent behavioral and mental health challenges is trauma, or adverse childhood events (ACEs) experienced during childhood. This issue brief explores the impact of trauma on mental and physical health, particularly for youth of color; the significant fiscal and human costs of trauma; the potential that evidence-based treatment and the promotion of resilience have for reducing the negative impact of trauma; and the results of two recent interventions implemented by UMass Medical School to address trauma and promote resilience in Massachusetts.

As Educators Grapple With COVID-19 Challenges, Supporting Undocumented Students & Families Must Be a Priority
The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the vast inequities experienced by immigrant families across our nation. As educators and schools take on a new world of schooling in the time of COVID-19, they must center their response on the needs and resilience of the communities they serve. Research indicates that students’ physiological and safety needs must be met before any learning can happen, a reality intensified by the current pandemic. Undocumented families need their support now more than ever. They are currently unable to access federal relief programs and may be fearful of accessing health care due to their status. Educators and schools across the nation have a responsibility to serve, protect, and support our undocumented students and families in this time of crisis. Now that schools are temporarily closed, and virtual learning has begun, undocumented students and families rely on the trusting relationships they have developed with educators. ImmSchools, an immigrant-led nonprofit working in the intersection of immigration and education in K-12 schools, urges educators to adopt practices supporting the undocumented community.

Strategies for Providing School-based Family Planning during COVID-19
A new Child Trends brief highlights six strategies that school-based health centers can use to reach students and administer family planning services remotely during the pandemic. For example, centers can protect students’ privacy by scheduling phone outreach to build rapport during evenings, when adolescents are more likely to be alone in their rooms and can talk more freely about family planning services.

Preparing Future Pediatricians to Address Behavioral Health Needs of Children: Opportunities in Pediatric Residency Training Programs
This Issue Brief examines the need for residency programs to provide robust training in behavioral health, identifies promising solutions such as hands-on-training, and highlights examples of training experiences being piloted in Connecticut.

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