September: Welcome to National Preparedness Month!

 September is National Preparedness Monthpreparedness month

On behalf of the Ready Campaign, I invite you to join millions of Americans who have made a commitment to increasing the level of emergency preparedness for themselves, their family and their community. 

September 1 is the first day of National Preparedness Month. We are encouraging everyone to participate in the theme, Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today

Now is a great time to make an emergency communication plan for your family. This month, we hope that you will spend time together with your family and talk about how you will contact each other and where you will meet should disaster strike. 

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Back to School Resources

Please review these important resources and forward to your networks…..

Mental Health America offers a Back to School toolkit for use with parents, youth, and school personnel. The toolkit includes: radio PSA and morning announcement scripts, social media content, and fact sheets.


PBS Parents provides Back to School Tips for Parents. The webpage also links to a variety of school topics such as: talking with teachers, bullying, school avoidance, and a grade-by-grade learning guide.


Bravehearts M.O.V.E New York

movenyWell, have no fear… The Bravehearts are here!

The Peer Navigators are a team of young adults with lived experience in various systems. They are specially trained to work with youth in need of support in the community.

Want to join a youth movement?

The Bravehearts meet every Friday from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

30 South Broadway 7th Floor Yonkers, NY 10701

Contact information: Direct Line: (914)358-4396 or (914)510-3090

Facebook: Bravehearts M.O.V.E New York

You can download a flyer here, New Peer 2 Peer flyer as of March 2015

Resources for Developing a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System

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Developing a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System

Nearly every child, youth, and family involved with child welfare has experienced trauma. This spring, we published a new factsheet for families discussing the effects of trauma on children and youth, and the ways parents can help a child who has experienced trauma. We recently launched a new issue brief highlighting the steps to creating a child welfare system that is more sensitive and responsive to trauma.

Every child welfare system is different, and each State or county system will need to conduct its own systematic process of assessment and planning, in collaboration with key partners, to determine the best approach. After providing a brief overview of trauma and its effects, our issue brief Developing a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System, discusses some of the primary areas of consideration in that process, including workforce development, screening and assessment, data systems, evidence-based and evidence-informed treatments, and funding.  

This issue brief is just one of the many publications we offer in our publications catalog across nine broad topics in child abuse and neglect, child welfare, and adoption. We also provide publications for multiple audiences, including child welfare and related professionals, families, and more. In addition, we provide an entire web section dedicated to Trauma-Informed Practices available at

Trauma-Informed Organizational Toolkit for Homeless Services

Please see the resource below and forward to your networks……

This Trauma-Informed Organizational Toolkit was created to provide programs with a roadmap for becoming trauma-informed. The Toolkit offers homeless service providers with concrete guidelines for how to modify their practices and policies to ensure that they are responding appropriately to the needs of families who have experienced traumatic stress.

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For additional resources and webinar information from OFA Peer TA, please see the website below:

Partnership Post: National Immunization Awareness Month

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Partnership Center Posts!

Partnership Posts highlight information and resources that we hope will helpful to faith and community-based health leaders.

Immunization Protects the Whole Community

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM)!   We all need shots (also called vaccinations or immunizations) to help protect us from serious disease. Understanding the difference between vaccines, vaccinations, and immunizations can be tricky. Below is an easy guide that explains how these terms are used:

  • A vaccine is a product that produces immunity from a disease and can be administered through needle injections, by mouth, or by aerosol.
  • A vaccination is the injection of a killed or weakened organism that produces immunity in the body against that organism.
  • An immunization is the process by which a person or animal becomes protected from a disease. Vaccines cause immunization, and there are also some diseases that cause immunization after an individual recovers from the disease.

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Updates from the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse


For Programs

College 101 Resources available on the NRFC Website
As kids get ready to go to college either as returning students or for their first year, be sure to connect your program parents with these resources from the NRFC website. The College 101 page includes resources on Parenting Young Adults, a link to (a U.S. Department of Education resource), and information on Federal Student Aid.

New Publication from MenCare Advocacy on the State of the World’s Fathers
“State of the World’s Fathers,” a report released by MenCare, brings global research findings together with program and policy examples related to men’s participation in caregiving; in sexual and reproductive health rights; in maternal, newborn, and child health; in violence and violence prevention; and in child development. It also includes recommendations for increasing father involvement on an international scale. Both the executive summary and full report are now available.
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