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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.

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.

In this third annual iteration of the conference, our primary objective is to inspire participants to think beyond the event to develop a plan of action for trauma prevention and trauma responsiveness in their own lives, workplaces, and communities. The conference content will introduce the latest research regarding the science of trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and how that science can inform every aspect of our lives together in community.

The focus of the 2021 conference is on understanding the impact of ACEs and trauma on behavior, on relationships, and on communities as well as the prevention and remediation of these effects through care, connection, and community. The tracks for the conference derive from the sectors that Northwest Indiana Community Action hopes to attract as conference attendees: law enforcement, healthcare, community development, education, mental health, child and youth services, community and social services, and caregivers.   We encourage prospective presenters to develop their presentations to attract one or more of the identified target audience sectors.

There will be approximately 24 75-minute-long breakout sessions during the conference.  Sessions should be non-promotional.   Continuing education credits will be available. Session proposals are welcome to have more than one speaker from more than one organization. Speakers will receive a complimentary conference registration and are welcome to participate in all conference sessions and activities.  For presenters travelling more than 100 miles, we will also provide travel expenses and lodging.

Session proposals are due on or before Friday, July 16, 2021 by 5:00 pm (Central Time).

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