Community Ideas

The Importance of Imagination – Active Optimism and Resilience

Child dressed as a fairy holding Earth balloon

From Christy da Rosa, MSW, LICSW, Research Assistant, Trauma Informed Oregon Burnout in Activism I recently had a conversation with a childhood friend about climate change: how climate disasters are increasing in severity and frequency across the world, and the immense toll it has had on her. She told me, The Importance of Imagination – Active Optimism and Resilience

Escaping the Gravity Well

Person leading meeting

From Bea Sloan, Portland-based writer, do-gooder, and Master’s candidate at PSU who has been writing about climate change for decades. “And are you retired now?” I get this question every few months, usually spoken from a kind face (but in a condescending tone, ready to ask and then move on), Escaping the Gravity Well

Climate Change and BIPOC Communities

BIPOC communities protesting climate policy

From Nancy Leon (She/Her), Early Childhood Education and Development Specialist During the past two years, we have seen how the COVID-19 pandemic has uncovered a lot of the severe disparities that BIPOC communities suffer during crisis situations. Today, even though we are still living with these consequences, we are now Climate Change and BIPOC Communities

988 and Creative Suicide Prevention

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From Diane Kaufman, MD, Child Psychiatrist, Founder-Director of the Arts & Healing Resiliency Center, Mind Matters, PC You can help raise awareness of 988, the new mental health crisis number. The song “Lift You Up” is a wonderful way to spread awareness of 988. Its loving compassion will encourage a 988 and Creative Suicide Prevention

What Do You Mean by “Community Engagement”?

sign at rally that says 'climate justice now'

From Dalia Avello, Psy.M., MA, IMH-E, Professor of Practice, Trauma Informed Oregon As projects arrive, advance, and blossom I find myself asking this question at one point or another. Community participation is one of those concepts that begins with an intention but can be hard to define or explain, let What Do You Mean by “Community Engagement”?

What’s in a Name: Resilience

people standing in floodwaters

From Christy da Rosa, MSW, LICSW, Research Assistant, Trauma Informed Oregon This month marks my first-year anniversary working with the Disaster Resilience Learning Collaborative (DRLC). The DRLC is a pilot program created in partnership with Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and United Way of Columbia-Willamette. It was inspired by and directly What’s in a Name: Resilience

Opening Remarks from the 2022 Day of Empathy Event

Dream Corps Justice 2022 Day of Empathy graphic

From Nova Sweet, Oregon Ambassador, and her son Marco Brewer The following are transcripts of statements from the 2nd Day of Empathy, 2022, an annual event that mobilizes bipartisan support for a more humane justice system in the United States. Introductory Statement by Marco Brewer Good afternoon everyone. My name Opening Remarks from the 2022 Day of Empathy Event

Alcanza de salud mental en Latinx

Latinx man on phone calling into to mental health talk show

Escrito por Celeste Peralta Mi nombre es Celeste Peralta y trabajo en The Next Door Inc. en Hood River, Oregón. Cuando comenzó la pandemia de COVID, queríamos crear un método eficaz para proporcionar a los miembros de la comunidad, especialmente a la comunidad latinx, información detallada sobre la pandemia de Alcanza de salud mental en Latinx

Mental Health Outreach for Latinx

Latinx man on phone calling into to mental health talk show

From Celeste Peralta My name is Celeste Peralta and I am employed at The Next Door Inc. in Hood River, Oregon. When the COVID pandemic began, we wanted to create an effective method for providing community members, especially the Latinx community, with detailed information regarding the COVID pandemic, safety guidelines, Mental Health Outreach for Latinx

The Pandemic Exposes Serious Risks and Challenges for Melanated Nurses and Allied Healthcare Workers

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From Steffanie Roache, MS, LPC The coronavirus continues to have a devastating impact on the health of many Oregonians, but especially for communities of color, who are 30 times more likely to experience the most serious risk from exposure to the virus [1]. These same communities are already reeling from The Pandemic Exposes Serious Risks and Challenges for Melanated Nurses and Allied Healthcare Workers