New York Life Foundation Continues Partnership with Judi’s House

We are thrilled to share that Judi’s House/JAG Institute was recently awarded a three-year, $1.65 million grant from the New York Life Foundation to continue to support advancement of the childhood bereavement field. We appreciate their ongoing commitment to helping communities better understand and address the needs of the bereaved.

This investment will allow us to expand and more widely share the data, tools, and knowledge gained through the Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model (CBEM), developed in part through a previous multi-year grant. Prior funding also enabled the launch of an organizational Electronic Health Record, improved data utilization, and advanced the development of the Adjustment to Trauma Loss and Adversity Scale (ATLAS), a measure that assesses and tracks children’s adjustment after a death.

The New York Life Foundation supports programs that benefit young people, particularly in the areas of childhood bereavement and educational enhancement, providing nearly $280 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofits since their founding in 1979. They strive to make a difference by funding direct service providers to help grieving children and their families today, as well as research that will have a long-term impact in the field.

Judi’s House Announces Appointment of New CEO Effective April 1, 2019

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COLORADO, February 27, 2019 – Jessica Maitland Mayo has been named chief executive officer of Judi’s House / JAG Institute based in Denver, Colorado. She succeeds the nonprofit bereavement center’s co-founder, Brook Griese, PhD, who has served as the chief executive for seven years after contributing many years directing the organization’s research and program development. Dr. Griese looks forward to partnering with Maitland Mayo as a board member and volunteer.

Maitland Mayo most recently served as vice president, marketing and community operations of Bonfils Blood Center, now Vitalant. She was a critical member of the senior management team since 2000, including executive oversight of the Bonfils Blood Center Foundation. More than $50 million in annual revenue was generated during her tenure.

Brian Griese, Judi’s House co-founder and chairman of the Board of Directors, said Maitland Mayo “brings decades of experience leading teams focused on shared goals to achieve a critical mission for our community, and that is why we feel she is exactly the right person to lead us into our next chapter.”

Maitland Mayo, a graduate of the Denver Metro Chamber’s Leadership Denver and past president of the Donor Awareness Council, received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Arizona State University.

“It is my deep honor to step into this leadership role with one of our community's most essential and respected organizations. I am delighted to be joining at a time when Judi's House is poised for greater growth, long term sustainability and the continual refinement and delivery of its truly life-altering mission,” said Maitland Mayo. “My heart, talents and experiences could not be more aligned with this transformative work.”

 About Judi’s House/JAG Institute
Judi’s House was founded on the belief that all bereaved children and families should have access to effective and compassionate care. Former NFL quarterback Brian Griese was just 12 years old when his mother, Judi, died from breast cancer. Brian and his wife, Brook Griese, PhD, a clinical child psychologist specializing in trauma and loss, founded Judi’s House in her memory in 2002. Judi’s House is the only free-standing organization in Metro Denver devoted solely to supporting grieving children and their families with research-based care. The mission of Judi’s House is to help children and families grieving a death find connection and healing, while JAG Institute helps further this mission through comprehensive research and training initiatives. Judi’s House has supported more than 10,000 youth, ages 3-25, and caregivers, toward its vision that no child should be alone in grief. To learn more, please visit www.judishouse.org.

An Announcement from Our Co-Founder and CEO, Dr. Brook Griese

Dear Friends and Supporters,

I am excited to share with you my decision to transition my role at Judi’s House in the new year from CEO to serving on the Board of Directors.

It has always been my intention to hand off to the next leader when the time is right. I have been honored to lead this incredible team for the past seven years while balancing my other roles as co-founder and clinical psychologist. At this point in our development—having grown substantially in size, reach, and impact both locally and nationally—I’m eager for us to find an established executive to lead the organization into the future.

Our Leadership Team and Board of Directors have been working actively on our vision for long-term sustainability and access to our vital services in perpetuity. It is important that I take the time currently tied up in day-to-day operations to focus more on these big-picture, future-oriented efforts—in the spirit of “highest best use” of time and energy.

I’m also excited to focus more on the creative and clinical aspects of my work than I have had time to do in this executive role. In addition to continuing to contribute to our core initiatives, I look forward to writing and illustrating children’s books for families who are grieving and returning to clinical practice. I’m eager to have more time to enjoy and nurture my own family, too—particularly as our children quickly approach that critical milestone of adolescence.I will remain in the CEO role until the new leader is in place, and I look forward to supporting their integration into our talented team. The Board has formed an Executive Search Committee to find a well-qualified and seasoned leader. Information about the position and attributes sought in a successful candidate can be found here. Please share this opportunity with anyone you feel might be a great addition to our Judi’s House team.

Happy Holidays and thank you for your support and friendship!

With gratitude,

Brook

Leading Grief Support Provider Judi’s House Releases Groundbreaking National Bereavement Estimation Tool

New model finds 1 in 15 children will experience death of a parent or sibling by age 18

DENVER, July 19, 2018 – Leading area grief care provider Judi’s House/JAG Institute today unveiled the Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model (CBEM), a first-of-its-kind tool providing up-to-date state and national estimates for the prevalence of childhood bereavement in the U.S., developed with support from the New York Life Foundation.

This model – completed as part of a two-year, $1 million grant from the Foundation – uses the most recent, publicly available, national and state population data sources to deliver the most accurate approximations to date of the number of children who will experience bereavement by the time they reach adulthood. The model estimates that one in 15 children (6.8%) will experience the death of a parent or sibling by age 18 – constituting over 4.8 million children nationally.

Drawing on state- and county-level data, the CBEM is also able to calculate the scope of the issue on a region-by-region basis for the first time – enabling new analysis of areas with high bereavement levels, as well as alerting service providers to local needs. According to the CBEM:

·       West Virginia has the highest childhood bereavement rate, with an estimated 11.4% experiencing the death of a parent or sibling by age 18, followed by Mississippi (10.8%), Alabama (10.5%), New Mexico (10.1%) and Kentucky (9.9%)

·       Washington D.C. has the lowest childhood bereavement rate, with an estimated 4.9% experiencing the death of a parent or sibling by age 18, followed by Minnesota (5%), California (5%), New York (5.1%), and Hawaii (5.1%)

“Over the past decade, as the bereavement support field has grown, the need for standard, reliable metrics and tools used by practitioners and institutions alike has become particularly evident,” said Maria Collins, Vice President of the New York Life Foundation. “The CBEM offers a much-needed tool for quantifying and contextualizing grief as a public health issue in our communities – which we hope will serve to bring greater awareness and support to the bereaved children and families who need it most.”

“Our hope is that the CBEM will assist local grief professionals with service planning and distribution by highlighting the number of youth in need of grief resources and services in a given geographical region,” said Brook Griese, PhD, co-founder and CEO of Judi’s House and JAG Institute.  “When communities are more fully aware of the magnitude of this issue, they can take steps to better prepare to allocate resources to appropriately address the needs of the grieving children in their midst.”

The CBEM uses a theoretical approach grounded in population estimation techniques to produce comprehensive estimates of children bereaved by parent and/or sibling loss, taking into account a range of statistics including population counts, death rates, number of children in a household, and age of parents at first birth. CBEM estimates are available for youth up to age 18 and 25, and will be updated annually as new data are released.

Judi’s House developed the CBEM as part of a multi-year New York Life Foundation grant to support the advancement of the bereavement field by developing new resources designed for broad dissemination and use among service providers and other grief support stakeholders. The CBEM was introduced recently at the annual conference of the National Alliance for Grieving Children, the field’s nationwide network of grief professionals, institutions, and volunteers. A CBEM Toolkit is available at www.judishouse.org/CBEM and includes reports on prevalence rates and related data for the U.S. and each of the 50 states, along with customizable and interactive resources for building awareness and mobilizing action in support of grieving children and families.

About Judi’s House
Judi’s House was founded on the belief that all bereaved children and families should have access to effective and compassionate care. Former NFL quarterback Brian Griese was just 12 years old when his mother, Judi, died from breast cancer. Brian and his wife, Brook Griese, PhD, a clinical child psychologist specializing in trauma and loss, founded Judi’s House in her memory in 2002. Judi’s House is the only free-standing organization in the Metro Denver area devoted solely to supporting grieving children and their families with research-based care. The mission of Judi’s House is to help children and families grieving a death find connection and healing, while JAG Institute helps further this mission through comprehensive research and training initiatives. Judi’s House has supported more than 9,000 youth, ages 3-25, and caregivers, toward its vision that no child should be alone in grief.  To learn more, please visit www.judishouse.org.

About the New York Life Foundation
Inspired by New York Life’s tradition of service and humanity, the New York Life Foundation has, since its founding in 1979, provided more than $250 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. The Foundation supports programs that benefit young people, particularly in the areas of educational enhancement and childhood bereavement. The Foundation also encourages and facilitates the community involvement of employees and agents of New York Life through its Volunteers for Good program. To learn more, please visit www.newyorklifefoundation.org.