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For more information about this program please contact:

Lara Altman
MPH, MSW, Director, Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative

Madison Hammett
Policy Analyst, Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative

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Building Trauma-Informed Health Departments

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Health & Medicine Policy Research Group and the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative are helping health departments across Illinois become more trauma-informed—in other words, become more grounded in an understanding of the physical, psychological, and social effects of trauma and how that impacts both clients and staff.

There is an arc to becoming trauma-informed: it is a multi-year process that begins with awareness and grows to the point where the theory of trauma becomes embedded and operationalized throughout an organization. To support health departments in this journey, we are offering a webinar series, tools and resources, as well as tailored support to a small number of health departments. To learn more, please contact us at
Policy Briefs

Implementing Trauma-Informed Care: Resources and Case Studies for Health Departments
Responsive to health departments expressed need to better understand the process of becoming trauma-informed, this brief will offers an overview of trauma-informed care and case studies from two Illinois leaders in this work, the Chicago Department of Public Health and Winnebago County Health Department.

Stay tuned for future briefs on community resilience and ACEs and the opioid crisis.

Health Department Webinars
Trauma-Informed Transformation for Health Departments: Cross-Sector Collaboration – June 27, 2019

Trauma-Informed Transformation for Health Departments: Lessons from the Field – June 11, 2018