Episode 61: Creating Trauma-Informed Communities w/ Mary Donnelly-Crocker
Podcasters: Mary Donnelly-Crocker, Matthew Bennett, and Jerry Yager
Mary Donnelly-Crocker joins Matt and Jerry to discuss her effort to turn Pasadena into a trauma-informed community. Learn how Mary and her organization, Young and Healthy are working to get information about trauma spread throughout the community. Mary demonstrates the power one person has to change the world!
You can find the Trauma-Informed Lens podcast on iTunes and most other podcasting apps. You can download the audio version or stream the video version on our website at traumainformedlens.org.
Thanks to you for joining Young & Healthy in embracing the demands of the children in our community who need healthcare, whether that be medical, dental or mental healthcare, insurance support, education or simply coordination of care. The complexity of services that Young & Healthy provides is certainly demonstrated by the story of the Martinez family.
Marisol came to us in 2007 for a simple routine appointment for one of her three young girls. We became reacquainted with Marisol in 2016 when her girls required assistance with physical exams and eyeglasses and recently participated in the Mobile Dental Clinic. This past spring, however, things really heated up for the Martinez family when the oldest daughter, Angelica, was having terrible stomach issues and ended up in the ER and left with a diagnosis of constipation and stress. Marisol knew there was something more to the situation so she returned to Y&H to request help for her 16 year-old. Y&H coordinated a visit to a GI specialist and worked to get the family MediCal insurance. Though the MediCal coverage was not approved until April, Angelica was hospitalized for three weeks in March due to anorexia. Discharge instructions included visiting an outpatient eating disorder clinic, for which Angelica needed but could not seem to get a referral from her primary care physician. Frustrated and stressed, Marisol again turned to Y&H where our case managers jumped in to help obtain the appropriate referrals and now Angelica is seeing a psychiatrist and a therapist on a regular basis. Navigating the healthcare system is not an easy process, but making the connections and building trusting relationships with families is what Young & Healthy strives to accomplish.
Today we are writing to ask you for your continued support of our important work in the community. Our efforts are proving successful and through the funding of our Annual Appeal, Young & Healthy plans to continue to assist many more children in need.
Your dollars make a real, lasting impact in the lives of those who need it the most.
We hope that you will join us in embracing care for the whole child and in continuing to provide for the underserved in order to strengthen our community overall. Can we count on YOU to help make a difference in the life of a child?
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Thank you for your generosity,
Young & Healthy was again proud to bring the USC Mobile Dental Clinic to Pasadena this year. Between February 23 and March 2, dozens of kids between the ages of 6-18, with NO dental insurance, having cavities and who were income eligible and living in Altadena, Pasadena, Sierra Madre or South Pasadena were each seen for several appointments during the week of the clinic. All of the dental services were administered for FREE!
The Young & Healthy Alliance and Kids Alliance participated in the clinic by preparing and serving a brown bag lunch on Saturday for all patients and their families and all of the dentists providing care that day. It was a true community event!! We thank everyone who was involved for making the clinic so successful.
During this season of giving, we hope you will remember Young & Healthy and the children we serve. Your year-end gift can make it possible for a child to have a pair of glasses to see the chalk board at school. Or it could mean that a child can get the asthma medication he needs to control his wheezing. There are so many situations like these and Young & Healthy can continue to help these children…Now & Always…but only with your help!
Let us introduce you to Marco, a particularly bright young boy, especially in math. It is no surprise that Marco was invited to participate in an accelerated math program at his school. School staff and volunteers knew, however, that Marco faced some challenges at home, such as no access to the internet or a telephone. In spite of those obstacles to learning, Marco was thriving—a least for a while.
Over time, several adults around Marco noticed that he was not keeping up and seemed to struggle more and more with his school work. An alert teacher noticed that he was squinting a lot. Thinking it might be a vision issue, Marco was referred to the school nurse. The nurse checked Marco’s vision and also the vision of his siblings. All of the children had vision issues that warranted a call to Young & Healthy. A consultation with an optometrist promptly resulted in the need for glasses for all three children. With the help of teachers, Young & Healthy and volunteer professionals working together, we were able to actively say “YES” to Marco and his siblings’ needs.
Young & Healthy continues to say “YES” every day by providing needed medical, dental and mental health services via our professional volunteers and by providing the education necessary for families to be their own health advocates. But, we need you to also say “YES,” such that we can be there for our children needing healthcare…Now & Always. Together, we can make a difference for so many and bring overall wellness to our families. Our work of empathy and sensitivity comes in the form of:
- Eyeglasses so that a child is able to do his homework and focus in the classroom
- Trauma Informed Care training for the teachers and leaders at our schools
- Asthma medication for a child who has a tough time breathing
- A referral to a dentist to fill painful cavities
Collectively, we have the opportunity to say “YES” and bring hope to kids who need help. It is our hope that you will join us in embracing care for the whole child and in continuing to serve the underserved in order to strengthen our community overall. Can we count on you to say “YES”?
Thank you for your generosity,
Jason Lyon Mary Donnelly-Crocker
Young & Healthy Board President Executive Director
Give the gift of health this holiday season with Young & Healthy’s NEW holiday cards…a compassionate way to show your support for a child in need. We offer 4 beautiful 5 x 7 child photo cards (see photos, below) which are blank inside for your personal message and include the Young & Healthy mission statement on the back and come with white envelopes. Cards are $1 each OR you may wish to give an alternative gift to friends or family by making a donation. Donations in any amount are welcome and we can give you an insert for each gift, representing either medication, eyeglasses, dental care, or trauma informed care. Please contact Teresa or Jan at Young & Healthy at 626-795-5166 or by email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.