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WEBINAR: Trauma-Informed Advocacy: Practical Tools for Working with Vulnerable Populations

Dec 13, 2018

Working at the intersection of trauma, health equity, and law, attorney Sarah Hess joined the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative for this webinar to talk about ways advocates from all disciplines can use a trauma-informed approach to help their clients thrive. With a background in civil legal services through the Medical-Legal Partnership model, Hess trains health providers to recognize their patients’ legal issues and then work collaboratively to solve those problems. This webinar discusses the unique issues clients face and provides practical solutions to advocates in fields such as law, social work, healthcare, and education who are seeking a trauma-informed framework for both clients and staff.

Sarah Hess, Staff Attorney
Sarah joined Legal Council for Health Justice in 2016. She serves young people and their families with the aim of mitigating the causes and consequences of trauma, toxic stress, and the social determinants of health. Sarah provides civil legal services through the Medical-Legal Partnership model, training health providers to recognize their patients’ legal issues and then working collaboratively to solve those problems. Previously, she was a Skadden Fellow at Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights heading a Medical-Legal Partnership for school-based health centers at Erie Family Health Center. Sarah provides training on trauma-sensitive practices for lawyers and other helping professions, including the 2017 Illinois Legal Aid Advocates Conference, Equip for Equality’s Disability Rights Consortium, and Continuing Legal Education-approved courses at the Chicago Bar Association.