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For more information about this program please contact:

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

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Supporting Community Resilience

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To truly address community violence and trauma, we must engage the community residents most impacted and champion solutions that come from the ground-up.

The Collaborative’s community capacity building efforts seek to enhance community voice in our work while highlighting and learning from successful strategies that community groups and networks are using to build positive relationships and places of belonging and contribution.

We regularly convene a multi-sectoral Community Capacity Committee, led by ACE Collaborative Co-Founder Lina Cramer and Jackie Samuel, to promote safety, healing, and wellness to build a more resilient Illinois.

In 2017, in collaboration with the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) Foundation, the committee hosted Community Connections: Pathways to Safety, Healing, and Wellness. The event highlighted ways communities are building positive relationships and places of belonging and contribution through trauma-informed programming. The conference provided attendees—many of whom were community members, teachers, social service providers, and restorative justice practitioners—an opportunity to build connections and share learning on trauma-informed practice. Topics included creative approaches that weave together arts, block clubs, youth development programs, community gardens, and story-telling with schools, health services, law-enforcement entities, libraries, and community organizations. The keynote speaker for the event was Renée Boynton-Jarrett, MD, a pediatrician and social epidemiologist whose work focuses on the role of early-life adversities as life course social determinants of health.

To learn more about our community-focused work and join the committee, email Lara Altman at