Promoting the Resilience of Parents of Young Children Who Face Toxic Stress
Posted in Projects / Tue, July 14, 2020
Timeframe: July 2020 – June 2021 | Amount: $125,000
Parents and children who experience trauma, racism, and other adverse childhood experiences (ACEs, e.g., a parent with a mental illness) are disproportionately exposed to toxic stress, which is the chronic activation of the stress response system. Toxic stress in early childhood may lead to permanent changes in a child’s linguistic, cognitive, and social emotional skills; stress response; and health outcomes across the lifespan. Extensive research shows that the risk of poor adult health outcomes increases as the number of ACEs increases. Poor adult outcomes include substance use, mental illness, and interpersonal and self-directed violence, which place the next generation at risk of ACEs.
The 6-week mindfulness course, “Finding Your Way” targets the intermediate outcomes of parent resilience, responsive and mindful parenting, and nurturing parent-child relationships, which are linked to child well-being. Child well-being – specifically exposure to positive childhood experiences (PCEs) – is associated with better mental health in adulthood. Therefore, responsive parenting and parent resilience can counterbalance the impact of ACEs and toxic stress on child well-being and adult mental health outcomes.
• Offer a 6-week online mindfulness course twice in Spanish and twice in English. African American and Latinx parent leaders will facilitate with healthcare professionals. The Somali and Latinx program coordinators will manage logistics and invite parents. Participants learn: Mindfulness-based coping skills for stress management, self-compassion and self-care skills, and connection with others to ease social isolation (Parent-child mindfulness activities include simple ways to experience enjoyment and warmth with children).
• Offer 16 online mindfulness sessions (8 each, Spanish and English) of 30 to 60 minutes. Parent leaders and healthcare professionals will facilitate the classes, which include similar activities to the 6-week course.
• Obtain feedback and evaluate the impact of the 6-week parent course and facilitator training course.
• Offer an online facilitator training course. OBCC will offer the 6-week “Deepening Practice: Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Leadership Training Program” after the 6-week parent courses conclude. Sessions will include: Mindfulness and self-compassion activities, the opportunity to practice leading an activity, and a discussion about leadership and group dynamics
Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation)
Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic: OBCC is a primary care clinic offering medical, dental, nutrition, and mental health services to children and adolescents. The clinic also offers Women Infants & Children (WIC) services and provides community outreach services, social work, and care coordination. Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (OBCC) supports the resilience of parents of young children (under age five) who face toxic stress with their English- and Spanish-language mindfulness courses that focus on responsive parenting, self-care and coping skills to manage stress.
Visit Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation) website here.
Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation
Mission Statement: We provide hope, care and cures to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible.
Vision Statement: Seattle Children’s will be an innovative leader in pediatric health and wellness through our unsurpassed quality, clinical care, relentless spirit of inquiry, and compassion for children and their families.
Our founding promise to the community is as valid today as it was over a century ago. We will care for all children in our region, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.
-Practice the safest, most ethical and effective medical care possible.
-Discover new treatments and cures through breakthrough research.
-Promote healthy communities while reducing health disparities.
-Empower our team members to reach their highest potential in a respectful work environment.
-Educate and inspire the next generation of faculty, staff and leaders.
-Build on a culture of philanthropy for patient care and research.
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Open Arms Perinatal Services
Open Arms Vision: Embraces a world that cherishes birthing women, their babies, families, and communities. Open Arms Mission: Provides services that support, educate, respect, honor, and empower women and their families from pregnancy through birth to early parenting.
Open Arms Perinatal Services is an innovative nonprofit dedicated to providing strong community-based support for women through pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
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El Centro de la Raza
El Centro de la Raza is a voice and a hub for Seattle and Martin Luther King, Jr. County’s Latino community as they advocate on behalf of Latino people and work to achieve social justice. Through their comprehensive programs and services, they empower members of the Latino community as fully participating members of society. Their mission is to build unity across all racial and economic sectors, to organize, empower, and defend our most vulnerable and marginalized populations and to bring justice, dignity, equality, and freedom to all the peoples of the world.