Friday Update

CMHNetwork Friday Update 5-3-21

May 03, 2021

Greetings faithful readers. Yep, Friday Update is coming to you on Monday. Ah, but what a beautiful Monday it is! Let’s start off with the New Radicals, who remind us that You Get What You Give.

You feel your dreams are dying – Hold tight
You’ve got the music in you – Don’t let go
You’ve got the music in you – One dance left
This world is gonna pull through – Don’t give up
You’ve got a reason to live – Can’t forget
We only get what we give

Yep, that about sums it up. Get inspired by this breezy, Monday afternoon drive with the top down sort of song, and then get to reading’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most Important Reads of the Week

Political Determinants of Health Learning Laboratory Program – Satcher Health Leadership Institute
This initiative seeks to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable communities by mobilizing elected/appointed officials and community leaders to advance health equity interventions, programs, and policies in their respective jurisdictions. A selective cohort of policy officials and community leaders will be challenged to create actionable steps toward alleviating disproportionate health outcomes by utilizing the Political Determinants of Health (PDOH) framework. Elected/appointed officials and community members will be better equipped to develop and implement actionable solutions to close the health gap.

COVID-19 Has Disrupted College Plans for Students in Households with Children
The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the nation’s college campuses upside down, and students have born the brunt of this disruption with fewer resources or more responsibilities, including those caring for children and other family members. As colleges and universities grapple with how to support students with caregiving responsibilities through the pandemic and beyond, it is important for higher education leaders and policymakers to understand how these students are faring.

The MOST Dynamic Family Advocate – Barbara Huff
Oh man, this was a significant interview for me to be a part of. This episode of The Optimistic Advocate features the iconic family advocate – Barbara Huff. Barbara is the first board president and the founding Executive Director of the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (NFFCMH). In this delightful conversation, Barbara weaves the story of her impactful advocacy journey, from an Interior Design professional “mom” to the unwavering, trail-blazing family advocate who left her mark on, among many important milestones, helping to craft the original legislation that brought the United States systems of care, to helping to create, and then lead, the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, the first advocacy organization to solely focus on the needs of children and adolescents with behavioral health challenges and their families. It was a joyous interview for me to conduct. Take your time with this one, folks, as it runs just a bit over an hour and a half. Pace yourself, as the conversation is full of nuggets of wisdom.

Influences of Inner and Outer Settings on Wraparound Implementation Outcomes
Wraparound care coordination has been implemented throughout the United States to help support youth with serious emotional and behavioral needs and their families. A recent meta-analysis of 17 controlled studies found that young people who participate in Wraparound are more likely to stay in their homes and communities, and they experience better outcomes in the areas of mental health symptoms, mental health functioning, and school functioning when compared to youth receiving traditional mental health services.

We Can Talk: Honest Conversation About Race
In this episode of The Optimistic Advocate podcast, Julie Radlauer-Doerfler and Ryon Coote have a conversation about race and social justice issues, demonstrating how people from different backgrounds can have deep and civil conversations about these complex issues. This episode is the first of a series of conversations about race. Enjoy the series!

Oklahoma Children’s Behavioral Health Virtual Conference
~ May 19 – 21, 2021 ~
The 2021 Oklahoma Children’s Behavioral Health Conference is a virtual gathering focused on the mental, emotional, social, physical, and behavioral health of infants, youth, young adults, and their families.  The Children’s conference is hosted and sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and attracts over 800 behavioral health professionals, clinicians, therapists, counselors, educators, treatment service providers, administrators, juvenile justice, child welfare, child and youth-serving community organizations, in addition to youth and families annually.  Be sure to register for the pre-conference youth and family tracks by May 6th. Note that the pre-conference institutes are free of charge. Enjoy the conference!

Fighting Racism to Advance Child Health Equity
Structural racism, implicit bias, diversity, inclusion, and cultural humility are all concepts taking center stage in the medical community as we strive to end racism and improve health equity. Based on the Pediatrics for the 21st Century (Peds 21) program at the 2020 AAP National Conference, Fighting Racism to Advance Child Health Equity is a series of educational videos that explores what these concepts mean for pediatricians in our practices, institutions, and communities, and how we can advance child health equity by applying an anti-racist lens to the systems shaping health and medicine. By the end of the series, you will be ready, able, and inspired to help address the inequities that contribute to health disparities, create the conditions we know support healthier children and families, and ensure all children and adolescents have a fair chance at a healthy future.  This online video series is eligible for Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 2 credit.

Virtual School Can Be Damaging to Children’s Mental Health, CDC Study Says
According to a study published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, virtual instruction may pose more risks to the mental health and wellness of children and parents than in-person learning. More support may be needed to deal with the effects of the pandemic.

Measuring Young Men’s Attitudes Around Gender Norms
A new Child Trends brief provides teen pregnancy prevention program developers, implementers, and evaluators with survey items to assess young men’s attitudes related to gender norms. The research finds that young men’s attitudes around gender norms can be measured within specific domains, including hypermasculinity, sexual stereotypes, and homophobia. Teen pregnancy prevention programs that address rigid gender norms can help teens develop healthier romantic relationships and avoid unintended pregnancies.

New Report Offers Guidance for Pediatricians on How to Prevent Abuse of Children With Disabilities
Children with disabilities are at least three times more likely to experience abuse and neglect compared to their peers, and a new American Academy of Pediatrics report underscores the role of pediatricians in preventing maltreatment and offers guidance on how they can support families.

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About the Author

Scott Bryant-Comstock

Hello, I’m Scott Bryant-Comstock, CEO and founder of the Children’s Mental Health Network. For the past 40 years, my journey as a mental health advocate has traveled from volunteering at a suicide and crisis center, professional roles as a therapist in an outpatient clinic, in-home family therapist, state mental health official, Board Chair for a county mental health program, and national reviewer of children’s mental health systems reform efforts. As the founder of the Children’s Mental Health Network (2009), I lead the Network’s efforts to grow a national online forum to exchange ideas on how to improve children’s mental health research, policy, and practice.

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