“There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in.” – Desmond Tutu
Change Policy, Big and Small
Set up a meeting with your local city council person, supervisor, favorite committee person or other person who is in a position to consider adopting an ACEs resolution, policies and procedures, or other tools. Introduce them to the information, tell them why it matters to you and should matter to them, and ask them what they can do in their “sphere”.
Using brain science to update policies at both the systems and organizational levels can result in permanently changing how we do business in a way that doesn’t require new programming or take much time. See Resources to find examples of policies, or templates, that you can use to integrate data, brain, ACEs and resilience science in your strategic planning, human resources, benefits, professional development, practice and other areas. Here are just a few examples:
- City resolution to make preventing secondary trauma in city employees a priority
- Governor Executive Order making a state a trauma informed state
- Manifesto for Race-Equity and Parent Leadership in Early Childhood Systems
- CA bill for recommendations for trauma screening for EPSDT
The Change in Mind Institute works to infuse the science of brain development, and it’s relevance to creating and solving complex health and social problems, into organizations in both the public and private sector. Their focus is on systems level change through policy and research, and their model has been evaluated and is currently being studied further to learn more about what sustained change actually results.
Change in Mind has numerous resources, including examples of communities and organizations that have adopted their framework, reports and studies about the power of using brain science for change.