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Lake County ACEs Connection (IN)

We envision flourishing communities where every neighbor acts as agent in creating the reality of our community, every neighbor has access to the necessary resources and supports to offer our gifts and talents to the community, and all community sectors are organized to engage the gifts and talents of every neighbor for the good of the community.


Plans afoot to bring stability to PACEs Connection

To all of you, who, like me, love this website and want to see it and its communities flourish as we work to prevent and heal trauma; build resiliency: please know there is a move afoot by a small group of strategic partners to find a suitable host for PACEs Connection. More will be announced in the coming days. In the meantime, friends, we are figuring out email addresses and other communications logistics and opportunities. PEACE! Carey Sipp, former director of strategic partnerships ...

Supporting Mental Well-Being through Child Care Settings - 9/30, 1:30-3:00 ET

A webinar offered by the Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP) Thursday, September 30, 1:30 - 3:00 pm EDT Register today . Addressing the mental health needs of child care providers and children in care is vital in the face of the pandemic, a population-level traumatic event. CTIPP is offering a "plug and play" framework to ease the process of developing a continuum of training, reflective coaching, and consultation to build the capacity for supporting relational health...

Exciting Updates for the 2021 reimagine conference!

Northwest Indiana Community Action is planning the 3rd annual reimagine conference addressing the intersection of trauma and community development. We are so excited to announce this year's keynote speakers. We will welcome both Dr. Christina Bethell , from Johns Hopkins University and Laura Porter of ACE Interface will join us virtually. For the past 35 years Dr. Bethell has built her work and career around an intentional goal to catalyze health care and public health transformation at the...

Call for Presentations!

The 2021 reimagine conference will take place on October 12 and 13, 2021. We are planning for a hybrid event this year with in-person events and activities taking place tentatively at the Dean and Barbara White Community Center in Merrillville, Indiana. Online aspects of the conference will be hosted on the Socio app. We hope the hybrid structure will allow us to reach a wide and diverse audience while creating the opportunity for face to face engagement with the conference content as well.

What is Shareable is Bearable

Article from the Chicago Tribune and the Post-Tribune columnist, Jerry Davich, about our "Start the Conversation, Start a Movement":

Northwest Indiana's Reimagine Conference Will Be Virtual!

The 2020 reimagine conference is an opportunity for everyone to explore the truth about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) , to forge new relationships, to envision new possibilities, and to build a resilient community. The objective of the conference is to inspire collaborative initiatives in communities that take a trauma‐responsive approach to community development and public health efforts . This conference is designed to deepen participants’ understanding of Adverse Childhood...

Start the Conversation; Start a Movement

A Vimeo posted on my Challenging Children facebook page ( is a part of a project that was funded by the 2019 Community Action Awards given by the NW Indiana Action Coalition. A 4 month ACEs Awareness promotion began in June and will continue through October. There will be billboards and also an online screening of the documentary about the actor Darrell Hammond entitled: "Cracked Up".

California reaches milestone with ACEs initiatives pulsing in all 58 counties. Next: All CA cities.

Karen Clemmer, the Northwest community facilitator with ACEs Connection, was already deeply interested in the CDC/Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study when she and a colleague from the Child Parent Institute were invited to lunch by ACEs Connection founder and publisher Jane Stevens in 2012. But that lunch meeting changed everything. Karen Clemmer “Jane helped us see a bigger world,” says Clemmer. “She came with a much wider lens. She didn’t look only at Sonoma County, she...

ACEs Connection reaches 200 participants in the ACEs Connection Speakers & Trainers Bureau!

ACEs Connection is proud to announce we have reached 200 Speakers & Trainers participants in the ACEs Connection Speakers & Trainers Bureau! What is the ACEs Connection Speakers & Trainers Bureau? The ACEs Connection Speakers & Trainers Bureau is a service that provides subscribers of ACEsConnection a Database of ACEs speakers and trainers for hire. The development of the Speakers & Trainers Bureau was in response to a great need expressed by our communities. ACEs...

Positive Childhood Experiences offset ACEs: Q & A with Dr. Robert Sege about HOPE

Tufts University medical professor Dr. Robert Sege directs the Center for Community-Engaged Medicine and is nationally known for his research on effective health systems approaches that address social determinants of health. He is also the principal investigator for the HOPE framework (Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences).The HOPE framework is based on research that shows how positive childhood experiences can mitigate the effects of adverse childhood experiences. Sege and colleagues...

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