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2015 Midwest Regional Summit on Adverse Childhood Experiences: Building Partnerships Across Generations for Healthy Futures

On March 12 and 13, 2015, more than 100 prominent health professionals, policy leaders and advocates gathered in Chicago for the 2015 Midwest Regional Summit on Adverse Childhood Experiences: Building Partnerships Across Generations for Healthy Futures hosted by the Illinois ACE Response Collaborative. View the Day One Proceedings here and the Day Two Proceedings here.

Photos by Mike Kelly
About the Summit:
The 3rd Annual Regional Summit on ACEs marked the largest public discussion to-date of ACEs in Illinois. Hosted in collaboration with ACE thought leaders across the Midwest, the Summit brought together national, regional and local leaders to explore emerging research, policy and practice implications of abuse, neglect, and other traumatic experiences Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)that occur to individuals under the age of 18.

The wide-ranging health and social consequences of ACEs underscore the importance of reducing ACEs across generations, and the Summit featured discussions on developing an action plan to respond to ACEs in our region. The Summit—the first event of its kind in Chicago—featured speakers including Laura Porter, Co-Founder of ACE Interface; Roy Wade, Jr., MD, of the Philadelphia ACE Task Force; Colleen A. Kraft, MD, of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital; and Bryan Samuels, MPP, Executive Director of Chapin Hall. See the full list of speakers and their bios here

Summit speakers, panel discussions, and breakout sessions addressed:
  • New research, data, and policy developments around ACEs in the Midwest
  • How the science around ACEs—including the NEAR Sciences (Neuroscience, Epigenetics, ACEs and Resilience)—can improve community health
  • Ways to strengthen protective factors in communities and families to reduce ACEs across generations
  • Strategies for understanding and addressing the role of ACEs in the healthcare, employment, criminal justice, and education public systems and in community-based settings
Summit Resources:
The Illinois ACE Response Collaborative is pleased to share an ACEs brochure which provides an overview of ACEs research and the Collaborative's work to date. We have also prepared the following policy briefs focusing on the impact of ACEs across different sectors:
Lastly, below, please find links to presentations from the Summit:

Day 1, March 12, 2015
Day 2, March 13, 2015
A contact list for our speakers is available here and an attendee list can be found here.

About the Illinois ACE Response Collaborative
The Collaborative represents a broad range of organizations and agencies—from academic institutions and community foundations to private and public partners—committed to expanding and deepening the understanding of the impact of childhood trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on the health and well-being of Illinois residents and their communities. Click here to view a list of Collaborative members.

The Summit was supported in part by the Chicago Community Trust,
the Michael Reese Health Trust, and Polk Bros. Foundation