Monday, September 30, 2013

SAFE Coalition Training and Prescription Takeback

Roswell's SAFE Coalition is inviting all residents of Chaves County to the following upcoming events:

PUBLIC FORUM titled "TODAY'S CRIMINAL TRENDS; PROTECT YOURSELF NOW" presented by Sgt. Jay Blakeney of the New Mexico State Police Office in Roswell.

Date:   Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Time:   6:00 pm
Place:  Roswell Public Library Bondurant Room

There will also be a "PRESCRIPTION TAKEBACK" on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Neighborhood Watch office located at 426 North Main, Roswell. 

For more information on either of these events, please feel free to call 575-622-7233.

Abuse, lack of parental warmth in childhood linked to multiple health risks in adulthood

The effects of childhood abuse and lack of parental affection can last a lifetime, taking a toll both emotionally and physically.

There are many reports assessing the psychological damage resulting from childhood abuse, and the effects on physical health have also been well documented. For instance, this "toxic" stress has been linked to elevated cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome and other physical conditions posing a significant health risk. The research into the physical effects of abuse, however, has focused on separate, individual systems.

A new UCLA-led study for the first time examines the effects of abuse and lack of parental affection across the body's entire regulatory system, and finds a strong biological link for how negative early life experiences affect physical health. The study is published online by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

"Our findings suggest that there may be a way to reduce the impact abuse has, at least in terms of physical health," said Judith E. Carroll, a research scientist at the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at UCLA, and the study's lead author. "If the child has love from parental figures they may be more protected from the impact of abuse on adult biological risk for health problems than those who don't have that loving adult in their life."

The researchers studied 756 adults who had participated in a study called Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA). They measured 18 biological markers of health risk, such as blood pressure, heart rate, stress hormone, cholesterol, waist circumference, inflammation, and blood sugar regulation, and added up their risks across these markers to create a summary index called "allostatic load." Values at the upper range across these markers indicated they were at higher biological risk for disease. Previous research has shown that higher levels of allostatic load are associated with increased likelihood of a negative health event such as a heart attack or stroke, or show declines in physical or cognitive functioning.

To determine the study subjects' childhood stress the researchers used a well-validated self-report scale called the Risky Families Questionnaire.

They found a significant link between reports of childhood abuse and multisystem health risks But those who reported higher amounts of parental warmth and affection in their childhood had lower multisystem health risks The researchers also found a significant interaction of abuse and warmth, so that individuals reporting low levels of love and affection and high levels of abuse in childhood had the highest multisystem risk in adulthood.

The researchers suggest that toxic childhood stress alters neural responses to stress, boosting the emotional and physical arousal to threat and making it more difficult for that reaction to be shut off.
"Our findings highlight the extent to which these early childhood experiences are associated with evidence of increased biological risks across nearly all of the body's major regulatory systems" said Teresa Seeman, professor of medicine in the division of geriatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine and of epidemiology at the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA, and the paper's senior author. "If we only look at individual biological parameters such as blood pressure or cholesterol, we would miss the fact that the early childhood experiences are related to a much broader set of biological risk indicators – suggesting the range of health risks that may result from such adverse childhood exposures".

The authors note that the findings are based on a cross-sectional analysis and do not prove causation. It used information provided by the participants, so there may be some recall bias. Also, the analysis may not have captured other factors affecting regulatory systems, such as poor nutrition or environmental pollution.

But the findings suggest that parental warmth and affection protect one against the harmful effects of toxic childhood stress. Also, the lingering effects of childhood abuse can be linked to age-related diseases such as cardiovascular disease. Among other things, this could have an effect on long-term health care costs.

"It is our hope that this will encourage public policy support for early interventions," Carroll said. "If we intervene early in risky families and at places that provide care for children by educating and training parents, teachers, and other caregivers in how to provide a loving and nurturing environment, we may also improve the long term health trajectories of those kids."


Additional study co-authors are Shelley E. Taylor of UCLA, Tara L. Gruenewald of the University of Southern California, Denise Janicki-Deverts of Carnegie Mellon University, and Karen A. Matthews of the University of Pittsburgh.

The CARDIA study is conducted and supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in collaboration with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (Grants N01-HC95095 and N01-HC48047); University of Minnesota (Grant N01-HC48048); Northwestern University (Grant N01-HC48049); Kaiser Foundation Research Institute (Grant N01-HC48050); University of California, Irvine; Echocardiography Reading Center (Grant N01-HC-45134); Harbor–University of California (Los Angeles, CA) Research Education Institute and Computed Tomography Reading Center (Grant N01-HC-05187). This study was also supported by MacArthur Research Network on Socioeconomic Status and Health through grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; and by Grant T32-MH19925 and the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at the UCLA.

The Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology encompasses an interdisciplinary network of scientists working to advance the understanding of psychoneuroimmunology by linking basic and clinical research programs and by translating findings into clinical practice. The center is affiliated with the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
The UCLA Division of Geriatrics, within the Department of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, offers comprehensive outpatient and inpatient services at several convenient locations, and works closely with other UCLA programs that strive to improve or maintain the quality of life of seniors. UCLA geriatricians are specialists in the managing of the overall health of people age 65 and older and treating the medical disorders that frequently affect the elderly, including falls and immobility, urinary incontinence (lack of bladder control), memory loss and dementia, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis and diabetes. As a result of their specialized training, geriatricians can knowledgably consider and address a broad spectrum of health-related factors – including medical, psychological and social – when treating their patients.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Wings For Life - Finding a Job

Wings for L.I.F.E.
(Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education)

Finding the Right Job for You!
Presented By: Veronica Alonzo of NM Workforce Connection

Door prize drawings to be held

St. Andrew’s Parish Hall
505 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
Sunday, September 22nd
6:00pm to 7:30pm

Something for the Whole Family
Free Dinner Provided
For Questions call:  Shelly @ 317-2042

National CASA Conference in Grapevine, TX in 2014

Scholarships Now Available

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Conference Scholarship Program. A total of 60 scholarships will be awarded to CASA/GAL staff and active volunteers to attend the 2014 Conference, June 7-10, in Grapevine, TX. Please view our scholarship page to learn more and submit an application. Applications must be received by December 6, 2013, to be considered.

Trends in Foster Care

Data Brief on Demographic Trends in Foster Care Released by ACYF

A new data brief was released this month by the Office of Data, Analysis, Research and Evaluation (ODARE) and the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF). Recent Demographic Trends in Foster Care documents trends over the last decade in the size and racial and ethnic composition of the foster care population, including select state and county patterns.

Overall the foster care population has reduced in number over the last decade, and the percentage of African American children in care has declined dramatically, although the shifts are largely centralized in a few locations. For more detail the brief can be found on the Children’s Bureau’s website.

"I Have a Dream" Video Now Posted

National CASA Video "I Have a Dream"

This August, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, National CASA asked the CASA/GAL network to share their dreams for the children we serve. Our communications team compiled submissions from across the country, all of which highlight the commitment and caring of the CASA/GAL community. Thank you for being a part of this project, and enjoy the video!

New Resources from the National CASA Association

New Resources – Training Volunteers Around Sex Awareness and Education

It is important for CASA volunteers to be aware and prepared for challenges which involve sexual behavior and/or sexual abuse or exploitation, and also to have access to appropriate resources that can provide guidance to  youth themselves.

A new resource list has now been posted in the volunteer resources area of collecting training resources, publications and other links of use to programs and volunteers working with youth at risk of pregnancy, sexual abuse, exploitation and/or trafficking.