Spreading Hope

Circle of love

Humans are resilient, enterprising and uplifting! During this unprecedented time, our hearts are both heavy and full of hope. It’s important to remind ourselves that we will not always be in this Covid-19 emergency situation.
Signs of Resilience Neighborhoods across the world are reaching out to help the elderly or immune compromised get basic supplies.
Neighborhood social networking app  Nextdoor  has introduced two new features, Help Maps and Groups, to give people a way to better support one another during the coronavirus outbreak. The Help Map offers a way to coordinate aid between those in need, like the elderly and at-risk, and those willing to offer some form of assistance — like running errands or dropping off supplies, for example. Groups, meanwhile, allows smaller groups to network outside of the main feed. Learn more.
Enterprising behavior Distilleries are stepping in to help combat the hand sanitizer shortage by using the alcohol in their facilities to create their own alcohol-based solutions. Some are packaging it in small bottles while others are encouraging people to bring in their own containers for refills. Learn more .
Uplifting and comforting artist Yo-Yo Ma, one of the world’s most renowned and beloved musicians, is trying to provide comfort in this time of crisis. Ma has been posting videos of himself performing short pieces and encouraging other musicians — of all levels — around the world to join him in offering “Songs of Comfort.” Ma joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the project and play Dvorak.

Free Weekly Meditation

Free Meditation by Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Much research has shown that meditation is one of the very best ways to cultivate the brain states of self-awareness, calm and inner peace, loving kindness, mindfulness, and happiness – as well as strengthen the immune system and nurture other health benefits. Learn More.

Podcast with Trauma Expert Dr. Bruce Perry

This is a fantastic resource for health leaders on how to be a role model and regulate during this global emergency. This podcast offers strategies and reminders on how to stay emotionally close during this time of physical distance. Dr. Perry says, “This global experience will ultimately be one of the most useful, teachable moments about stress, distress, and trauma that we’ll ever find. Some people are not understanding the complexities of social distancing. It’s a behavior that helps the group.”
Dr. Perry is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and neuroscientist.
He is senior fellow at the ChildTrauma Academy and an adjunct professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine.  Listen here .

HIPAA Violations Relaxed

OCR eases HIPAA telehealth enforcement for COVID-19 emergency The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights will immediately exercise its enforcement discretion and waive potential penalties for HIPAA violations against health care providers that serve patients through everyday communications technologies during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency, the agency announced today.
The discretion applies to widely available communications apps, such as FaceTime or Skype, when used in good faith for any telehealth treatment or diagnostic purpose, regardless of whether the telehealth service is directly related to COVID-19, HHS said.  Learn more .

Simulator Demonstrates Social Distancing

This Simulator Shows How Interconnected We Are Social Distancing is not easy and it comes at a great cost. But it will save lives.
Take a look at this simulation model to gain a better of understanding of how social distancing works. See how the model changes with more social distancing, instead of allowing a quarter of the population to move, we will see what happens when we let just one of every eight people move. Take a look .

Peer Recognition for FAF Software

FAF Software is an online assessment platform that measures family well-being. It’s strength-based approach guides the user to develop effective service plans.
FAF Software has a long history of being a reputable family assessment tool for the family strengthening field, and we’re proud to share its recognition from the these credible entities: