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Community Context for Academic Achievement; A Report on Community Factors that Predict Resilience & Prevention in Nine Randomly Selected Communities in Washington
Connect To These Resources:Community Context Report_1-20-15_final to Dr Blodgett.pdf
No School Alone: How community risks and assets contribute to school and youth success (March, 2015)
Christopher Blodgett, Ph.D. Washington State University
Report prepared for the Washington State Office of Financial Management in response to the Legislature’s directions in Substitute House Bill 2739
In this report, we test if the levels of the challenges resulting from Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in a community’s adult population contribute to current conditions of disruption in children that make ACEs a multigenerational problem. While the effects of poverty on school performance guide long-term and significant investment policies, ACEs is a comparatively new idea and until very recently has not been tested as a policy planning tool. Several hundred peer-reviewed research studies consistently support the role of ACEs as arguably the most powerful single predictor of health and well-being in adulthood. However, equivalent results in childhood emerged only in the past few years. Exposure to ACEs begins very early in life, resulting in risks to the developing brain. This additional exposure to stress leads to the emergence of physical and social mechanisms of No School Alone 4 coping that can interfere with development during childhood and compromise life success and health in adulthood.
Connect To These Resources:No School Alone_ How community risks and assets contribute to school and youth success.pdf
State Policy AgendaRecent Health Policy Support & Success Initiatives
- Safe Streets – Speed Reduction
- Healthier Next Generation
- Invest $500,000 in the Farmers Market Nutrition Program (helps low-income seniors, new moms and young children buy fresh produce directly from 560 Washington farmers through the Farmers Market Nutrition Programs)
1. Support state Capitol budget funds for necessary infrastructure in schools for clean tap water fountains.
2. Support state Capitol budgerpt funds for necessary infrastructure in schools to support cooking of school meals on site.
3. Increase state funding for the Safe Routes to Schools Program.
4. Support E-Cigarette strategies, which restricts access to youth (restricting advertising, definition of E-Cigarettes, licensing retailers).
5. Support the creation of a new Medicaid benefit in Washington to cover the case management and tenancy support services outline in Permanent Supportive Housing.
- Dr. Jessica K. Pepper, Center for Regulatory Research on Tobacco Communication, University of North Carolina
- Deb Drandoff, Assistant Director, Prevention & Youth Services, Washington State ESD 112
- Paul Davis, Tobacco Prevention & Control and Marijuana Education, WA State Department of Health
- Ron Oldham, Moderator
If you are interested in participating in a learning community focused on the science and policy impacts of e-cigarettes and vaping, please click on this link and sign up for further conversations.
Watch it here:E Cigs Vaping Webinar Feb 19 2015 Final
Connect here:E-cigs and Vaping: What You Need to Know
Christopher Blodgett, PhD presenting on Adverse Childhood Experiences, adult adversity, and academic achievement in Washington State from his report to the Washington State legislature: "No School Alone: How community risks and assets contribute to school and youth success".
Check out Healthy Gen's newly refined Theory of Change! Learn more about Healthy Gen: how we work, what we do, and what hope-filled action means to us.
Watch it here:Meet Foundation for Healthy Generations: Our Mission is to Create Enduring Health Equity
2014 has been a big year for Healthy Gen. We changed our name. Our two-day conference, Coalescing for Change: Community-Based Health Solutions, welcomed speakers like Tina Rosenberg, Ron Sims, Governor Jay Inslee, Howard Friedman, Michael Ungar, Colleen Kraft, Deborah Gray, and over 300 partners, community-members and other attendees. We updated our Theory of Change, highlighting our strategies towards achieving greater health equity in Washington State.
We also continued our core work to ACTIVATE, elevate and inform community voice, ACCELERATE the strength of community wisdom through shared learning and hope-filled action, and thereby TRANSFORM the community conditions for health. We are proud and excited to carry forward this work into 2015 through our programs and partnerships, including the newly named, Learning Institute, as well as, the Prevention Alliance, the Healthy Living Collaborative (HLC) of SW Washington, the Salishan Community Health Advocates (CHAs), Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition, and the Washington State Public Health Association among others.
We thank all of our partners, supporters and friends for the accomplishments of this year and we look forward to expanding and deepening this circle in the work to come.