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Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative (IL)

The Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative is a broad range of multi-sectoral stakeholders committed to expanding the understanding of trauma and ACEs and their impact on the health and well-being of Illinois children, families, communities, and systems. Through advocacy and mobilization efforts, we work to put the issues of ACEs, trauma, and resilience on the forefront of health equity in Illinois.


WEBINAR - Strategies for Centering Families: New Narratives, Better Policies

FROM The Ascend at the Aspen Institute Team Text taken from and registration here . Please join us for a webinar on Thursday, November 30th at 12 pm ET to explore policymaking strategies that replace false narratives with real family voices and experiences. Effective policy is informed by best and promising practices and engages the voices of families. When divorced from the lived experiences of the families they serve, policies are instead designed around who these families are imagined to...

Better Training for Foster Parents Could Have Changed My Life

Assembly Bill 507 (AB 507), a bill known as “Resource Families: Training Topics,” was signed by Gov. Brown yesterday. The futures of 60,000 foster children could be impacted. This new law will increase the relevance of California’s resource (foster) family training, ensuring responsive supports for the specific needs of children in each family’s care. Full article here:

Older, out, and infinitely proud: a look inside a lifesaving LGBTQ senior home. (

An alarming 2010 study discovered just 22% of LGBTQ seniors felt comfortable being "out" to health care workers. Many respondents had been harassed or refused basic services because they were LGBTQ; some, incredibly, reported being told that they were being "prayed over" or that they'd "go to hell" because of who they loved or how they identified. Instead of facing these abuses, many LGBTQ seniors said it was easier to simply blend in — even if it meant becoming invisible. A safe place to...

Leading Organizations Partner on a Campaign to Heal Childhood Trauma []

“Calo Programs partners with three non-profits, on a five-city, childhood trauma awareness bus tour, ending on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. Calo Programs , innovators in healing the effects of early life trauma in young people, is partnering with three of the nation's leading authorities on attachment, trauma and adoption: the American Adoption Congress (AAC), the Attachment & Trauma Network (ATN) and the Association for Training on Trauma and Attachment in Children (ATTACh). Together...

Wisconsin state agencies end year one of trauma-informed learning community; goal is to be first trauma-informed state

Here in California, many people think that it’s only liberal Democrats who have a corner on championing the science of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and putting it into practice. That might be because people who use ACEs science don’t expel or suspend students, even if they’re throwing chairs and hurling expletives at the teacher. They ask "What happened to you?" rather than "What's wrong with you?" as a frame when they create juvenile detention centers where kids don’t fight, reduce...

Cultural Humility: A Key Element of Trauma-Informed Care

From post by Meryl Schulman, MPH and Mariel Gingrich, MPH : Cultural humility — a respectful approach toward individuals of other cultures that continuously pushes one to challenge cultural biases — is an often-overlooked component of trauma-informed care . As a child clinical psychologist and mental health consultant, Allison Briscoe-Smith, PhD, leads trainings on cultural humility and trauma-informed care for organizations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Briscoe-Smith encourages...

Putting People at the Center: The Role of Lived Experience in Dismantling Collateral Consequences Caused by Incarceration

Taken from: The goal of this webinar was to acknowledge that policy and systems change is most authentic and impactful when it surfaces and is driven from lived experience. It also explored the ways in which organizations partner with and learn from people most impacted in their decision making and processes driving policy change in criminal justice reforms related to employment, housing, and other...

Webinar To Discuss Mental Health and Wellness for Law Enforcement and Their Support

This webinar will concentrate on the mental health and wellness of law enforcement professionals and their support systems. Presenters will identify and discuss signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma, explore four stress reaction levels, provide helpful coping mechanisms; and offer available resources to law enforcement professionals, their families and friends. ...

The Interplay of Community Trauma, Diet, and Physical Activity: Solutions for Public Health

By Howard Pinderhughes, PhD, University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing August 7, 2017 DISCUSSION PAPER Perspectives | Expert Voices in Health & Health Care Diet- and activity-related illnesses—such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, and type 2 diabetes—can shorten life spans and adversely impact quality of life. Over the past 15 years, the public health field has made important progress in addressing these illnesses by shifting the focus from individual behavior to the...

First comprehensive briefing on trauma held in the U.S. House of Representatives

Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL), Wendy Ellis, Olga Acosta Price (obscured), Monica Battle, Kathryn Larin, and Whitney Gilliard ______________________________________________________ The first comprehensive trauma briefing in the U.S. House of Representatives was held on July 26 to an audience of Hill staff, interns, and advocates. The briefing included substantive content from a variety of perspectives—academia, government, education—and unexpected moments of moving personal testimony. Rep. Danny...

Nobel Winner’s Research Shows Home Nurse Visits for New Moms Boost Children’s Cognitive Skills

Professor Heckman’s latest research is a critical analysis of the Memphis Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program. This research puts a widely-known voluntary home visiting program through its most rigorous analysis to date and finds short- and long-term impacts for mothers and their children. Select download to review the full academic paper. Links to report here:

The Relationship Between Community Violence and Trauma: How violence affects learning, health, and behavior

From report: Research on trauma is frequently featured in mainstream news outlets, pointing to its connection to a range of behavioral and health outcomes. While trauma can have multiple interpretations, for the purposes of this report, it is the result of experiencing or witnessing chronic and sustained violence, or specific events that can have lasting effects on individuals. Researchers have identified 13 distinct types of trauma, including community violence. Community violence is an...

Guest View: Helping students deal with trauma []

There is nothing more motivating for teachers and school support staff than identifying ways they can reach students. That is happening statewide as the Illinois Education Association, with 135,000 union members, addresses the impact of trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on the ability of students to learn. New brain research proves ACEs, recurring experiences that create such trauma that the brain literally changes, lead to behaviors such as fighting, fleeing or shutting down.

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