Building Resilience in Children and Families
for Long-Term Holistic Health
Newark will be recognized as a trauma-informed city that works to unlock people’s fullest potential and to build resilience in children and families for better health outcomes.
At its outset, the Team chose to adopt a prevention framework and implemented related tools used by the Child Welfare Information Gateway to understand what could be done at the primary (e.g., raising awareness), secondary (e.g., targeted prevention programs) and tertiary prevention levels (e.g., intervention services such as mental health counseling)
ADOPTION OF A STANDARDIZED LANGUAGE AND CONCEPTUALIZATION FRAMEWORK FOR TRAUMA
RAISING AWARENESS OF TRAUMA AS A PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE
ADVANCING ORGANIZATIONAL PRACTICES THAT RECOGNIZE THE IMPACT OF TRAUMA AND REORIENT THE CULTURE OF ORGANIZATIONAL SETTINGS TO ADDRESS TRAUMA IN CONSUMERS AND PROVIDERS OF SERVICES THAT ADDRESS THE IMPACT OF TRAUMA ON INDIVIDUALS.
We are a cross-sector collaborative of over thirty partners. We meet bi-monthly on the fourth Monday of the month from 10 am – 11:30 am. For more information or to join the ACE Impact Team, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
We contributed to the creation of the NJ ACEs Strategic Plan, released in February of 2021, through member participation in individual interviews, sector-based focus groups, cross-sector focus groups, and learning labs. Our work in Newark is referenced in the Plan and we seek to align local efforts with the Plan’s statewide goals and strategies.
In 2018, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded multi-year funding to Newark Arts on behalf of the Newark Arts Education Roundtable (NAER) for its planned trauma-informed care work. NAER is partnering with two local organizations, ACE Impact Team lead organization Greater Newark Health Care Coalition and My Brother’s Keeper Newark. The initiative is focused on creating a shared learning community of both arts education and healthcare professionals, encouraging cross-sector partnerships, widening the reach of the arts into another collective impact initiative that also endeavors to improve the lives of children, and share best practices that exist in both sectors. A five part trauma training series for arts educators has been created and has trained 120 professionals to date and will be expanding to reach all Newark Public School arts educators by the end of the 2022 school year.
COVID-19 Response & Recovery
Virtual Wellness Retreat
In November of 2020, the ACE Impact Team partnered with Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss to host a half-day long virtual wellness retreat for families in the Newark community. The retreat was planned in partnership with Greater Newark Health Care Coalition, Believe in a Healthy Newark, the South Ward Promise Neighborhood Initiative, and Sanar Institute to help people create spaces in their daily routines to check in with themselves spiritually, mentally, and physically.
COVID-19 Vaccine EducationIn January of 2021, BHN Chair Dr. Denise Rodgers provided a talk to the ACE Impact Team entitled “COVID-19 Vaccines – The Facts as We Know Them”. Discussion surfaced the notion that people fear the vaccine more than they fear contracting COVID-19. It was noted that there has been a longstanding lack of prioritization of Black men’s health, such that we now face an uphill climb to convince young and middle-aged Black men of the importance of the vaccine. Both young men and young women seem particularly resistant to the vaccine. How can we shift this dynamic? The Team was asked to consider “who are the messengers and leaders that will marshal people to action?” and to share ideas they may have about messaging, and strategies to deliver messages. There is agreement that the messengers must reflect the community and be knowledgeable, empathetic, and clear communicators. It will be important to get key leaders vaccinated for safety and credibility. A suggestion was made to engage youth, and especially ten and eleven year olds, in this process because children can be powerful educators and influencers of peer and adult behavior.
A TIME TO HEAL
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This program was a result of a $10,000 Roadmaps Action Accelerator grant to design and implement a Youth Healing Team pilot with 8 students at Shabazz High School in partnership with My Brother’s Keeper in Newark.
As part of this program we:
- Created the train-the-trainer curriculum modeled after Hopeworks ‘N Camden
- Launched the program in January 2018 with 11 students
- Had the students meet twice per week after school to learn about trauma, ACEs and how to build resiliency through creative expression and other resiliency building activities
- Gave each student a monthly stipend of $100 to develop a social media campaign, conduct school-based presentations for their peers and host at least 1 community event or activity