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Wounded Places: Confronting Childhood PTSD in America's Shelled Shocked Cities

Posted by [email protected] on February 16, 2016 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The Westside Community Health Advisory Committee on November 21, 2015 at the Bibleway Church located at 453 Wheatland Avenue,conducted a community conversation on the topic “Wounded Places: confronting Childhood PTSD in America’s Shell Shocked Cities”. "Combat vets and survivors of wars and natural disasters aren’t the only people susceptible to PTSD. Too many of our children, especially children of color living in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty, show the effects of unrelenting structural racism, street violence, domestic instability and other adversities. Their symptoms look a lot like post-traumatic stress disorder. Except for many, there is no “post.” It illustrates how a strong start for all our kids leads not only to better learning, earning, and physical and mental health but also to a healthier, safer, better educated, more prosperous nation.

This subject matter is part of a national campaign aimed to reframe the way we look at early child health and development. It illustrates how a strong start for all our kids leads not only to better learning, earning, and physical and mental health but also to a healthier, safer, better educated, more prosperous nation.

On December 9, 2015 a second community discussion was held on the same topic in response to the issues raised at the November 21, 2015 conversation. Community resources was made available at this session to assist in addressing the issues of crime, trauma and the effects of PTSD. As a result of this discussion there were inquires of "Where is the Youth perspective on this issue?" In response to the this concern three opportunities for youth viewing of the episode and discussion were held at three different locations. The last youth discussion was on January 30, 2016.

A panel discussion on this topic is being held on February 25, 2016 at 6:00 PM at the Bibleway Church located at 453 Wheatland Avenue, Columbus, OH 43204.  An update on the results of the youth discussion will also be provided.  

The panel includes:

Nancie M. Bechtel, Assistant Commissioner of Health, Columbus Public Health

Lewis Dodley, Ph.D., CCDIII, Psychologist, L Dodley Consulting

Cheryl Ward, Director, Student and Family Engagement, Columbus Public Schools

Kim Kehl,Trauma Informed Care Poject Coordinator, Dept. of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Amber Lentz, Program Director, St. Vincent Family Center

Officer Brian K. Newsome, Community Liaison Officer, Columbus Police Department

 


 



 

 

New Group Aims to Stop Killings on Westside

Posted by [email protected] on June 9, 2011 at 10:27 AM Comments comments (0)

SKIP Columbus Messenger Newspaper

New group aims to stop killings on Westside

(by Sean Lehosit, Staff Writer - October 28, 2010)

Westside residents met Oct. 27 to kick off a new campaign to increase awareness about the problem of violence in the Hilltop community.

The Westside Community Health Advisory Committee (WCHAC) sees the ongoing violence as much of a health concern as drunken driving, bicycle safety, and other major public safety issues.

The new initiative, entitled SKIP, stands for “Stop Killing and Injuring People,” but according to co-chair of the WCHAC Dru Bagley, the acronym can be reversed to mean, “Passionate Individuals Keeping Safe.”

However, either rendition of the campaign speaks to the main motive of the movement – decreasing the violence in the community.

“All those in the community are passionate,” Bagley said, adding she knows public safety can only happen with the support of the entire community.

This will be the launching of the first phase of the campaign, which has partnered the Greater Hilltop Area Commission, Franklinton Area Commission, Westland Area Commission, and Southwest Area Commission to engage the community to spread the word about SKIP through viral marketing by asking residents to distribute flyers throughout the community.

“We want to engage community residents,” Bagley said, “let them know that they can seek help.”

Bagley said this is but a first step in raising awareness that residents are not alone in their fight against street violence. That, as a community, in numbers, change can occur and individuals do not need to feel alone in the struggle to reclaim their communities.

The SKIP campaign is still in its infancy, but the current action being called upon by the WCHAC is to spread awareness a problem exists.

Bagley stated a future phase of the campaign will be dealing with trauma inside hospitals due to neighborhood violence; hopefully conveying important messages to the community through the experiences of neighbors who have to deal with violence.


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