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Washington State ACEs Action (WA)

A forum to inform and connect individuals and communities working to promote safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments and prevent and mitigate ACEs in Washington State.

ACEs and Resilience Local Groups and Initiatives

This document provides a list of county-wide (mostly) groups and initiatives in Washington State addressing adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), trauma-informed approaches, toxic stress, and resilience. In many communities there are other local ACEs-related groups and initiatives. In most cases, the contact people listed can provide information about the work throughout their county.

 The purpose of this list is to encourage connections to and across the groups and initiatives, in order to:

  • Prevent and mitigate adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).
  • Promote resilience and safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments.
  • Promote equity and racial justice.
  • Prevent substance abuse and promote mental health.

… so that all children, youth, families and communities have equal opportunity for educational success, economic stability, health, and well-being.

 For some counties the Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) coalition or Early Learning Regional Coalition is listed when that is the primary ACES-related group or initiative in the county. For the other counties, links to the CPWI coalitions and Early Learning Regional Coalitions are listed below the county listings.

 Links to other local, regional, and statewide ACEs-related groups are also listed below: Accountable Communities of Health, Community Café Collaborative of Washington, and Family Youth System Partner Round Table (FYSPRTs).

 Asotin, Garfield, and Whitman
Lewis Clark Valley Resilience Coalition
Facebook: LC Valley Resilience Coalition
Ginny Foote -
Walla Walla Community College
Clarkston, WA

Benton and Franklin
ACE/Resilience Collaborative
Benton-Franklin Health District
Carla Prock  --

Chelan and Douglas
Coalition for Children and Families of North Central Washington
Charity Bergman -
United Way of Chelan and Douglas Counties

Together for Youth --
Renee Hunter -

Prevention Works!
Tracey Hosselkus --

Clallam Resilience Project
Minnie Whalen

First Step Family Support Center --
Venita Lynn -

ACEs Action Alliance --
Cyndie Meyer -
Clark County Public Health

Cowlitz Community Network
Sharon Weinhold -

Douglas, see Chelan and Douglas

Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille 
Jeannie Begle
Northeast Tri-County Health District

Franklin, see Benton and Franklin

Garfield, see Asotin

Grays Harbor
Beth Mizushima --
Grays Harbor Public Health and Social Services

MyTown Coalition (Hoquiam CPWI)
Facebook: My TOWN Coalition
Wilma Weber
Grays Harbor Public Health and Social Services

Suzanne Turner --
Island County Public Health

Chimacum Prevention Coalition (CPWI) Denise Banker -

Dott Kelly --
Jumping Mouse Children’s Center

 Julia Danskin -
Jefferson County Public Health

King County Best Starts for Kids
Sarah Wilhelm, Strategic Advisor for Trauma-Informed Systems

Federal Way Community Connections
Facebook: Federal Way Community Connections
Debbie Peterson -
Because it Takes a Village: Child Learning Collaborative

Hopelink – Welcome Project
Brandi Painter -

Snoqualmie Valley Community Network
Laura Smith –

Kitsap Strong
Kody Russell -

Resilience and ACEs Task Force,
Kittitas County Community Network
Ann Riley -

Central WA Strengthening Families Group
Chris Schrantz -
Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital

 Klickitat, see Skamania & Klickitat

Lewis County Early Learning Coalition
Teresa Schneider, Early Learning Coalition Chair

Youth Advocacy Center of Lewis County --
Facebook: Youth Advocacy Center of Lewis County
Nicole Quick -
Samantha Mitchell --

Mason Moving Forward

Okanogan County Community Coalition
Stacey Okland - 

WellSpring Community Network
South Pacific County
Wellspring Coordinator --

Pend Oreille
Annabelle Payne --
See also, Ferry, Stevens, and Pend Oreille

Project Child Success
Monthly Partnership Meeting
Susan Barbeau

San Juan
San Juan Community Network

Ellen Wilcox -
Community Health Services Manager
San Juan County Health & Community Services

Children’s Council of Skagit County
Skagit County Child & Family Consortium
Lyndie Case -

Skamania & Klickitat
Skamania Klickitat Community Network
Johanna Roe - 

Children’s Wellness Coalition
Liza Patchen-Short
Snohomish County Human Services

NEAR (Neuroscience, Epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Resilience) Collaborative for Action
Sadie McHatton –
Snohomish Health District

Stevens - See Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille

Neighborhoods Matter
Rowena Pineda -
Spokane Health District

Thurston Thrives
Child & Youth Resilience Action Team

Wahkiakum Community Network
Ginger Hake -
Facebook: Wahkiakum Community Network

Walla Walla
Community Resilience Initiative
Teri Barilla -

Whatcom Family & Community Network
ACEs/Resilience Team
Kristi Slette -
Whatcom Family & Community Network

Whitman, see Asotin

Central WA Strengthening Families Group
Chris Schrantz -
Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital

Safe Yakima YOUTH Coalition (CPWI)
Julia Krolikowski -

Yakima ACEs Coalition --
Debbie Gaidos -


Other Local, Regional and Statewide ACEs-Related Groups

Accountable Communities of Health

Community Café Collaborative of Washington

Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI
     CPWI Community Coalitions

Early Learning Regional Coalitions

          Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Pacific (South), Skamania, and Wahkiakum    Counties 
Debbie Ham -

Family, Youth, and System Partners Round Table (FYSPRT) – Behavioral Health

About FYSPRTs – includes Contact List for Regional FYSPRT Coordinators (near the bottom)





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