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May 2020

From Awareness to Action, with Voices of Lived Experience: Wisconsin’s Collective Impact Initiative

Perhaps it wasn’t the optimum time to update the network’s vision and values statements: a virtual meeting held in the midst of a global pandemic. But a record number of people—51, compared to the typical 30—tuned in for the May 1 Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health (OCMH) Collective Impact Council, and they gave the new values statement, which highlights inclusivity and collaboration, an enthusiastic thumbs-up. At the virtual table were members from key state departments—Children...

Gov. Wolf: Office of Advocacy and Reform Announces Plan to Build a Trauma-Informed Pennsylvania []

The Office of Advocacy and Reform (OAR), established by Governor Tom Wolf’s 2019 executive order to protect Pennsylvania’s vulnerable populations, today announced the launch of a volunteer think tank comprised of 25 experts representing a diversity of fields and backgrounds who will develop a plan to make Pennsylvania a trauma-informed state. “The people of Pennsylvania are compassionate, thoughtful and resilient. We take care of each other, and that drive to protect our families and our...

Coming soon: Philly School District families will have access to grief counseling, coronavirus support []

For Philadelphia students and families having trouble coping with the loss of months of in-person school amid the trauma of a pandemic and a changing world, help is on the way. On Monday, the Philadelphia School District and Uplift, the Center for Grieving Children, will launch the Philly HopeLine, a hotline that will connect district children and families to grief support services, Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said at a news conference Thursday. The resource comes in response to a...

Philadelphia’s one-stop shop to find free food across the city during COVID-19 (

The new website from the city features a map of all locations and other criteria for certain sites. The new website, which lives at , offers not only a map of all the food sites across Philadelphia, but also has a breakdown of who can go to each one. There are four categories of food distribution centers in the city: standard sites, student meal sites, senior meal sites and outdoor sites. The standard sites and outdoor sites are eligible for any resident to attend to get one...

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