In June 2017, the Health Federation of Philadelphia’s Leslie Lieberman participated in the National Governors Association’s expert roundtable, Establishing the Building Blocks for Lifelong Health and Success: Supporting States in Advancing Multi-Sectoral and Multi-Generational Solutions to Improve Children’s Lives. In preparation for this roundtable, Lieberman solicited input from the ACEs/trauma/resilience networks participating in the MARC learning collaborative and colleagues from both the ACEs Connection Network and the Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice. The following recommendations, intended for states, emerged from a thematic analysis of that input. Download the PDF for more information about each recommendation, including examples and other resources.
- Develop funding approaches that recognize the impact and prevalence of trauma on children and families, promote trauma informed care and practices across generations, and decrease silos which are antithetical to approaches that fully address childhood adversity.
- Create structures (e.g. Children’s Cabinets) to foster better coordination and collaboration across state agencies.
- Provide cross-system training, technical assistance on ACEs, trauma and brain science in order to develop competencies necessary to shift to a trauma responsive service system.
- Promote authentic community engagement in all policy making.
- Strengthen economic supports for families.