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Local Affiliates Accelerate ACEs-and-Resilience Movement in Montana

  • Jun 04, 2020
By:
Anndee Hochman

In Toole County, Montana, deputy sheriffs call a school counselor, from their patrol cars, after responding to a traumatic incident—a domestic abuse call, an overdose, an arrest—that involves a child.

“Handle with care,” they tell the counselor, and they give the child’s name. The counselor passes that information to teachers: a quiet heads-up that the student might be hungry or sleepy, tearful, angry or distracted by whatever happened at home.

“My teachers love it,” says Mary Miller, chair of the Toole County Affiliate of Elevate Montana, a multi-sector network that aims to boost the well-being of children statewide through ACEs awareness and resilience-building.

“[Handle with Care] clues them in that the child…suffered trauma the night before. It’s worked extremely well.”


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

  • May 20, 2020
By:
Anndee Hochman

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.


Power of Networks Tapped for National Trauma Campaign

  • May 12, 2020
By:
Anndee Hochman

In a mid-April conference call led by the Campaign for Trauma Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP), participants from around the country—many of them active in ACEs, trauma and resilience networks—discussed the wave of trauma that is certain to slam communities in the wake of COVID-19.

They also cheered a bit of hopeful news: the announcement of $3 billion in federal funding, the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund, a portion of the CARES Act. The funds are flexible block grants for K-12 and higher education—meaning that they could, with swift and nimble advocacy, be used to develop and support trauma-informed schools. In addition, local education agencies may use a portion of the $14 billion they receive under the CARES Act to implement trauma-informed programs.

For CTIPP’s National Trauma Campaign, launched in February, COVID-19 means both urgency and opportunity.


Alive and Well: Moving Missouri Toward Grass-Roots and System-Wide Change

  • Apr 28, 2020
By:
Anndee Hochman

On the eastern edge of Missouri, leaders of the Alive and Well network had generated a robust media campaign to help people understand the impact of trauma and toxic stress on health and well-being. There was a monthly column in an African-American newspaper, spots about toxic stress and resilience on urban radio stations and weekly public service features on the NBC affiliate, with physicians, clergy and teachers advocating ways to “be alive and well.”

Two hundred and fifty miles to the west, a similar cross-sector coalition, Resilient KC, was sponsoring workshops, hosting a learning collaborative and recruiting community “ambassadors” who could bring the science of ACEs and resilience to clients, colleagues and policy-makers in business, the armed services, education, justice and health care.

On both sides of the state, those networks saw their grant funding trickling to an end. So they decided to join forces, share strategies and form a not-for-profit organization that could spread the impact of their work across Missouri and the region.


What's Next? Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative Deepens Efforts as Momentum Grows Across the State

  • Apr 22, 2020
By:
Anndee Hochman

It was more than a piece of parchment bearing the governor’s signature. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s resolution declaring May 15, 2019 as the state’s first Trauma-Informed Awareness Day marked a high-level recognition that, where state policy is concerned, trauma matters.

The resolution and resulting proclamation Pritzker signed also calls for legislators to consider childhood brain development, early adversity and buffering relationships when making policy decisions; it urges all state employees whose work involves children and families to learn about ACEs and trauma-informed care.

The legislation was one more step in a years-long journey of education, training, data-collection, research and networking by the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative at Health & Medicine Policy Research Group, a policy and advocacy think tank focused on health equity.


Mobilizing ACEs, Trauma, and Resilience Networks to Support and Strengthen Pandemic Response Efforts

  • Apr 15, 2020
By:
Anndee Hochman

“What are your signs of stress?” asked the leaders of a recent mindfulness webinar hosted by the Philadelphia ACE Task Force (PATF), held during the week that U.S. cases of COVID-19 neared half a million and more than sixty Philadelphians had died of the disease.

Participants spilled their responses into the chat box: “headache…teeth grinding…can’t think clearly…nervous stomach…ruminating thoughts…muscle pain…itchiness…bad dreams.”


Unconditional Love: Faith Leaders as Agents of Change in the ACEs and Resilience Movement

  • Sep 13, 2019
By:
Anndee Hochman

The Rev. Sanghoon Yoo learned about the ACE Study, saw the film Paper Tigers and understood that there might be a way to bridge the chasm between faith-based views of wellness and traditional approaches to mental health.

“When I heard from the science and Paper Tigers that one of the most important factors for resilience is unconditional love, I thought: That’s not medical. That’s my language. That was an ‘aha’ moment for me; I never thought mental health and faith would go together.”


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