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Learning Collaboratives: Sharing Ideas, Building Momentum

  • Aug 24, 2017
By:
Anndee Hochman

What would a trauma-informed policy on staff absenteeism look like? How about a trauma-informed procedure for clocking in and clocking out? Would that be different for a hospital than, say, for a public school?

Questions like those—how trauma-informed theory translates to on-the-ground practice—were on the table during a recent learning collaborative session in Kansas City.

The collaborative, a project of the Resilient KC network, began in September 2016 to help teams from a range of organizations—in education, public health, mental health and business—share experiences, ask questions and build relationships in the growing adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and resilience movement. “The learning collaborative is a stepping-stone to becoming trauma-informed,” says Jasmin Williams, coordinator of Resilient KC.

Seventeen hundred miles to the west, in the Columbia River Gorge, a similar learning collaborative has been meeting since 2012. There, the learning group grew from various agencies’ efforts to learn about and adopt the Sanctuary Model. “It served as a place to share what was working and what was hard,” says Claire Ranit, MARC project manager for the Resilience Network of the Gorge (formerly Creating Resiliency in the Columbia River Gorge).


MARC Communities Stand Out in House Resolution 443

  • Jul 18, 2017

Philadelphia, PA – On July 13, Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and co-sponsor Danny K. Davis (D-IL) introduced House Resolution 443 (H.Res. 443), a bi-partisan effort in the House of Representatives “recognizing the importance and effectiveness of trauma-informed care.”

The resolution lists 12 examples where trauma-informed care has been “promoted and established in communities across the United States.”  Of note, over half of these communities are leaders in the Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC) program.


Taking ACEs to School: Trauma-Informed Approaches in Higher Education

  • Jul 11, 2017
By:
Anndee Hochman

“What happened to you?” isn’t just a question for therapists to ask their troubled clients. It’s a question that should inform the work of physicians, nurses, lawyers, educators, social workers and public health advocates from the time they are learning their professions to each real-world encounter.

That’s the hope of the Philadelphia ACE Task Force (PATF), whose workforce development group released a toolkit to help faculty across a range of disciplines weave content on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and resilience into new or existing graduate curricula.

The release of the online toolkit coincided with an October 2016 event that brought together local faculty and administrators in higher education, along with funders and leaders of government and private non-profit agencies, to learn why the next generation of the work force must examine all they do through a trauma-informed lens.


Curiosity and Reciprocity: Engaging Community in the ACE and Resilience Movement

  • Jun 26, 2017
By:
Anndee Hochman

In an all-day workshop that Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC) advisor Laura Porter was leading with community organizers and parents, she told the story of a woman from the Congo who had to leave her homeland. Before the woman left, she had a dream about living in the United States.

The woman said she imagined opening her door, letting her children run free, hearing them laugh and play. She envisioned people asking one another, “How are you?” without any compulsion to evade by answering, “Fine. I’m fine.” And, she added, “I could go with my children to the store and not have to be afraid that they would be arrested for being black.”

Porter was struck by the woman’s words—a vision of safety and belonging that is rarely voiced out loud. “As we’re engaging people, that dream is just under the surface,” says Porter. “When we touch on that, we touch on something very powerful: the core values…that go beyond political strife or individual experience. We can touch an aspirational world.”


By the Numbers: Using Data to Advance the ACE and Resilience Movement

  • May 02, 2017
By:
Anndee Hochman

The postcards said a lot more than “wish you were here.”

Last spring, Boston’s Vital Village Community Engagement Network created postcards highlighting key data from a survey of parents in the Boston Medical Center pediatric waiting room.

“Our goal was really to engage people,” says Boynton-Jarrett. “It was very helpful for us as a team to begin to see the data we collected shared in real time, rather than collecting for two or three years, summarizing it in a big report and putting it on a shelf.”


Supporting a movement of change: MARC convening creates connections

  • Apr 18, 2017

Philadelphia – Partnership. Humility. Solidarity. Possibility. These are words used to describe outcomes and results from the Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC) convening that was held in March of 2017. The convening brought together community leaders in the trauma-informed movement from 14 networks in 14 states. Participants discussed their projects, shared their ideas, and learned from each other at the two day event in Philadelphia.


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