TA Partnership Newsletter — October/November 2012
Hear from Cathy Munson, Director of Family-Driven Care at OnCare in Syracuse, New York about how attending a support group as a parent of a child with special needs helped her feel supported, and how this experience inspired her to provide a diverse array of support options for families and caregivers.
Highlights from the Field
Highlights from the Field articles provide information about innovative and promising activities from the system of care communities supported by the TA Partnership in the hopes that communities can learn from their peers around the country.
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News You Can Use
Suicide Prevention Public Service Announcement for Native Americans Contemplating Suicide
The Native Cry Outreach Alliance has produced a new suicide prevention public service announcement (PSA). The PSA features the voices of real people who have lost loved ones to suicide, comments from professionals and educators hoping to reverse the high rates of suicide within Native American communities, and an overall message of support.
Raising Teens in Tough Neighborhoods (PDF)
This issue of Rise magazine features parents sharing their efforts to raise safe and healthy teens. Changing policies that are detrimental to teens and families are also discussed.
Standards Backers Seek Out Support of Parents
This article, from Education Week, describes efforts of national organizations, including the National Parent Teacher Association, to inform parents and enlist their support of State efforts in adopting and implementing the Common Core State Standards.
Attorney General Expands National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention to 10 Cities
Attorney General Eric Holder and acting Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs Mary Lou Leary announced that New Orleans, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, and Camden, New Jersey, will join the six original cities in the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention to reduce youth violence and gang activity and improve public safety. Launched in 2010 at the direction of President Obama, the forum is a network of communities and Federal agencies that share information and support local efforts to prevent and reduce youth violence.
Depression Triples Between the Ages of 12 and 15 Among Adolescent Girls (PDF)
According to the results of the 2008 to 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the onset of puberty is associated with an increase in depression among adolescents, particularly among adolescent girls. The data reflects that an annual average of 1.4 million girls aged 12 to 17 (12.0 percent) experienced a major depressive episode in the past year, a rate nearly three times that of their male peers (4.5 percent).
Background Television in the Homes of U.S. Children (PDF)
This article from the Journal of American Academy of Pediatrics discusses research that surveyed the amount of background television that children in the United States are exposed to daily and provides the first nationally representative estimate of this type of exposure. Results showed that children, on average, are exposed to 232.2 minutes of background television per day.
2C-I or "Smiles": The New Killer Drug Every Parent Should Know About
A drug, 2C-I (street name "Smiles"), is relatively new in the United States and can be extremely dangerous. It is easily accessible and highly potent, resulting in high numbers of overdoses around the world. The Drug Enforcement Administration is announcing new measures to combat this new designer drug and drugs that are similar in nature.
National Campaign Aims to Prevent Medicine Abuse Among Teens
The Medicine Abuse Project, launched at the end of September, aims to prevent half a million teenagers from abusing medicine within five years. This national campaign is a multiyear effort to help educate parents, teens, and the public about the dangers of medicine abuse.
- Enhancing the Delivery of Health Care: Eliminating Health Disparities Through a Culturally & Linguistically Centered Integrated Health Care Approach (Consensus Statements and Recommendations) (PDF) Based upon a consensus meeting of experts, this report offers best practices, insights, and recommendations to help create national models to improve integrated health care for racial and ethnic minority and limited English proficient populations.
- Alone Without a Home: A State-by-State Review of Laws Affecting Unaccompanied Youth (PDF) This report by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty and the National Network for Youth reviews the state laws that relate to 12 key issue areas that affect unaccompanied homeless youth. The report also offers an overview of the approaches taken by States and provides recommendations for policy change.
- The 2011 National School Climate Survey: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth in Our Nation's Schools (PDF) This study from the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network provides an overview of the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students in American schools, highlighting the effects of negative school climate and experiences on educational outcomes and psychological well-being. The report also examines continued increases in positive interventions and supports for LGBT youth as well as changes in school climate for LGBT youth over time.
- What Works for Female Children and Adolescents: Lessons From Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions (PDF) and What Works for Male Children and Adolescents: Lessons From Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions (PDF) These research briefs from Child Trends synthesize findings from more than 100 evaluations of interventions to reduce risk factors for children and youth, presenting what works—and what doesn't—for girls and boys.
- Survey Finds More Evidence That Mental Disorders Often Begin in Youth According to two National Institute of Mental Health-funded studies, about 8 percent of adolescents in the United States meet criteria for having a serious emotional disturbance.
- Effects of Eating Breakfast Compared with Skipping Breakfast on Ratings of Appetite and Intake at Subsequent Meals in 8- to 10-Year-Old Children This study from The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition examined the effects of having breakfast compared with not having breakfast on appetite ratings and energy intake at following meals in 8- to 10-year-old children, as past research has suggested that skipping breakfast may negatively affect appetite in children and lead to overeating later in the day.
- The Importance of Family Dinners VIII (PDF) Studies have shown that teens who consistently eat dinner with and have excellent relationships with their parents are less likely to have used marijuana, alcohol, or tobacco.
- Exposure of African-American Youth To Alcohol Advertising, 2008 and 2009 (PDF) A new study has shown that African-American youth are exposed to higher levels of alcohol advertising than children and teens of other racial groups.
- Youth Less Engaged as Voters in 2012 This report from the Pew Research Center provides an overview of the decline in political engagement among youth compared to 2008, as well as other recent changes in youth and young adult participation in the democratic process.
Organizational Development and Sustainability
- CVS Caremark Community Grants Program
Application Deadline: October 31, 2012 The CVS Caremark Community Grants Program awards funds to nonprofit organizations and schools for programs that help children with disabilities lead full and independent lives as well as programs that improve access to quality health care for the uninsured and underserved.
Publications and Web Sites
- 2012 Science of Eliminating Health Disparities Summit
October 31–November 2, 2012 | National Harbor, Maryland The 2012 Science of Eliminating Health Disparities Summit will seek to advance activities to eliminate health disparities and will foster the current focus on emerging science and its relationship with practice and policy.
- 2012 Mississippi LGBTQI2-S: Integrity in Services and Supports, Engaging Youth, Families and Communities Conference
November 1–November 2, 2012 | Jackson, Mississippi Powered by NFusion (Empowering Young Adults, Inspiring Families, Creating New Communities), this year's Mississippi LGBTQI2-S conference will feature former National Football League player Wade Davis.
- The 27th Annual San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment
January 26–31, 2013 | San Diego, California This conference focuses on multidisciplinary, best-practice efforts to prevent, investigate, treat, and prosecute child and family maltreatment. An objective is to develop and enhance professional skills and knowledge in the prevention, recognition, assessment, and treatment of maltreatment, including family violence.
- GLSEN Research Learning Series: Fall 2012 Webinars
November 14 and December 12, 2012 The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) presents monthly webinars that address the challenges faced by LGBTQI2-S youth and identify the effective supports and strategies to improve school outcomes. Webinar dates are November 14 and December 12, 2012.
- 5th Annual National Prisoner's Family Conference
February 20–22, 2013 | Houston, Texas This conference is relevant for all who care about and wish to more effectively serve juvenile and adult offenders and their loved ones. Topics are relevant for individuals working in both secular and faith-based organizations, including criminal justice, social service, academia, ministry, as well as counselors and family members of those in prison.
- Vicarious Trauma: Wellness Strategies for Helping Professionals and their Organizations
November 8–9, 2012 | Los Angeles, California The Children’s Institute’s Vicarious Trauma Conference will feature nationally recognized experts in the field of vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout.
- American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition
October 27–October 31, 2012 | San Francisco, California The American Public Health Association's meeting program will address current and emerging health science, policy, and practice issues in an effort to prevent disease and promote health.
- 43rd Annual National Council Mental Health and Addictions Conference
April 8–10, 2013| Las Vegas, Nevada Health care executives, mental health and addictions professionals, clinicians, advocates, innovators, researchers, and technology leaders are invited to this premier health care and specialty conference. Conference topics range from exploring innovations in practice improvement, financing, integrated health care, health technology, policy and advocacy, social justice, and professional development.
- Youth Leadership Initiative Mock Election
October 22–November 1, 2012 | Nationwide Mock elections, hosted by the Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI), allow students across the country to be engaged in the national election via electronic ballots. Geared toward civics teachers, YLI resources are intended to engage students in the political process.
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