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Health Equity and HOPE

As described in Dina’s recent blog, our team just returned from California. The issue of health equity arose in our discussions; this blog addresses how we think about HOPE and equity. HOPE (Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences) arises from a…

HOPE in California

On January 1, 2020, California launched a first of its kind program to combat the ill effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), the ACES Aware Initiatives spearheaded by California Surgeon General Nadine Burke Harris, MD. Through this program, the state…

HOPE visits the CDC

Dr. James Mercy, Director of the Division of Violence Prevention in the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), invited the HOPE team to visit the CDC on January 29,…

Policies for Positive Childhood Experiences

It is now 2020, and I’m tempted to make jokes about having “20/20 vision” for the future. Let’s pass up those jokes, and concentrate a little bit of what we learned in the past year. Across the United States, those of us…

HOPE Workshop at the Middlesex County DA Office

At the beginning of December, I finished my 2019 HOPE workshops with a visit to the nearby Middlesex County Massachusetts District Attorney’s (DA) office. The room was packed with police, lawyers, outreach workers, social workers, and District Attorney Marian Ryan.…

HOPE in the Boston Globe (Oct. 2019)

Kay Lazar of the Boston Globe wrote this article highlighting HOPE research, and how, just as it is important to monitor for adverse childhood events (ACEs) and toxic relationships, it is also incredibly important it is to monitor and encourage…

How can WE Increase HOPE in Communities?

Promote nurturing, supportive relationships by addressing parents’ mental health needs; encouraging play, reading aloud, and talking together.Help families learn to receive and share parenting information with their community.  Support safe, stable, and protective environments by linking children and families with support…

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