This year’s Policymaker Education Day took place on May 1st. We had over 70 advocates and our guest speaker, Kris Perry, Deputy Secretary and Senior Advisor to Governor Newsom reminded us that our work is not done yet. She emphasized the need to continually engage policymakers throughout the year on this issue. Action day was successful and we hope you utilize the curated materials to increase broad awareness and advance action to reduce and prevent childhood adversity.
The second annual Policymaker Education Day was held on May 22nd. We had Moira Kenney from First 5 Association of California and a 4CA steering committee member welcome advocates. Moira talked about the impact of trauma on young children and their families and the opportunities for advancing resilience, Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula discussed his commitment to addressing childhood adversity and Vanessa Hernandez from California Youth Connection shared stories about young people who are understanding the power of their voices to heal themselves and their community.
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Op-ed in Sacramento Bee, "The hidden health crisis of toxic stress" by Chris Padula, Center for Youth Wellness
ACEs Connection's article on 2018 Policymaker Education Day
The event began with a morning at The California Endowment, where we learned about advocacy. Senator Holly Mitchell fired up the crowd, Will Ing from The California Endowment and Tara Ficek from First 5 LA shared the latest from philanthropy, and we we were treated to a brief excerpt from the play Trigger. The morning activities were followed by an afternoon on the Capital, where we spoke to 85 legislative offices.
4CA is grateful to the Work Group members planning Policymaker Education Day and creating for this event training materials and handouts on childhood adversity. The Campaign thanks the many people and organizations whose contributions will ensure this event is a success.
4CA Policymaker Education Day on Childhood Adversity was funded by First 5 LA, Kaiser Permanente, and The California Endowment.
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See our STORIFY
Read an interview with Ted Lempert, Children Now on KPBS.org
See the article in Capitol Weekly highlighting the event
Check out some blog posts: ACEsConnection.org; Sonoma County ACEs Connection; California ACEs in Action, Parent and Youth Leaders Educate Policymakers on ACEs