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Lara Altman
MPH, MSW, Director, Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative laltman@hmprg.org

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The Collaborative's webinar series aims to offer technical assistance to those in Illinois and beyond working on ACE policy and practice development. To be notified about upcoming webinars, join our mailing list.
2019 Webinars
On Tuesday, September 17th, the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative hosted a free webinar, Shifting the Focus: Prioritizing the Developmental Needs of Infants and Toddlers through Early Childhood Court Teams, featuring Dr. Kimberly Mann of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. This webinar described the strategies used to develop skills, knowledge, and values of the staff to enhance their capacity to respond more effectively to the developmental needs of young children, as well as the successful outcomes of the Early Childhood Court Team.
On Monday, July 29th, the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative hosted a free webinar, Trauma-Informed Policymaking: Leading Change in Illinois Increasingly used in organizational transformation and service delivery contexts, the trauma-informed framework is equally as important for policymaking and budget/resource allocation—especially given that policies have caused significant trauma to, and continue to traumatize, families and communities.  We talked about our new Trauma-Informed Policymaking Tool and learned from Cabrini Green Legal Aid and VOYCE about their use of TI practices in their policy and advocacy work.
On Thursday, June 27th, the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative hosted an interactive webinar about cross-sector collaboration as part of its virtual learning series for trauma-informed health departments. Attendees heard from leaders in two communities—Cicero, IL and Tarpon Springs, FL—on the unique ways they have integrated trauma-informed practices into their organizations and created relationships across sectors.
On Wednesday, May 29th, the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative hosted an important webinar with sociologist Dr. Ruth Thompson-Miller to discuss the enduring traumatic legacy of Jim Crow and how this trauma is reflected in the United States today. Dr. Thompson-Miller discussed her idea of “Segregation Stress Syndrome”–the chronic, enduring, and extremely painful responses to collective trauma that occurred during Jim Crow, the effects of which are still felt today.
On Thursday, March 28th, the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative hosted a free webinar with Andrea Bushala from the Theraplay Institute. Bushala discussed the role of everyday play in preventing and responding to trauma, as well as how Theraplay has utilized this practice with numerous partners in education, health, and child development.
Creating School-Health-Community Partnerships to Improve the Lives of Children In this webinar, Andrea Ortez of Partnership for Resilience discusses how organizers, educators, and clinicians can utilize community partnerships to provide trauma-informed support to both teachers and students. Ortez addressed the early lessons of the Partnership and the types of relationships that practitioners, educators, and advocates must foster together to ensure the needs of the whole child are met.
2018 Webinars
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.
Learn how health departments across the country and in Illinois are engaging in trauma-informed work. Brenda Bannor of Millennia Consulting presenta the results of the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative’s recent environmental scan of health departments doing this work nationally. The webinar concludes with a panel discussion featuring local health departments to hear successes and lessons learned from implementation.
In this webinar, Dr. Carole Warshaw, of the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health, and Gwendolyn Packard of the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center discuss the intersection between opioid usage and intergenerational trauma.
Transformation: The Department of Veteran Affairs Healing Environment Design Guideline How can the built environment help support a trauma-informed organization? In this webinar architect Paul Alt, AIA and psychologist Jim Munroe Ed.D. describe their work on the Department of Veteran Affairs Healing Environment Design Guideline--a project that used architecture and design to create environments that promote healing of the mind, body, and spirit.
Trauma-Informed Systems Initiative with the San Francisco Dept. of Public Health Organizations, like people, are susceptible to negative effects of trauma, including fragmentation, numbing, reactivity and impaired relationships. These effects in turn prevent staff from responding effectively to each other and to the people they serve. In this webinar, Dr. Kenneth Epstein of the San Francisco Department of Public Health outlines the Trauma-Informed Systems Initiative (TISI) which is working to make SFDPH a more trauma-informed, safe, and supportive work environment and system of care.
The Buffering Role of Community Resilience against Adverse Childhood Experiences On June 20, the Collaborative hosted this webinar led by Suzette Fromm Reed, PhD, discussing foundational research on the important buffering role that community resilience plays in mitigating the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on adult and youth health, school/work, and coping behaviors. Additionally, recent research on how to build community resilience was presented as well as implications for practice and policy.
Screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences in the Pediatric Primary Care Setting: Practical Considerations and Lessons Learned This webinar--presented by  Kavitha Selvaraj, MD, MPH, MAEd, FAAP with Audrey Stillerman, MD, and Stan Sonu, MD--explores lessons learned from Universal Screening for Toxic Stress During Well-Child Visits, a multi-site ACE screening project. Triple P: Helping Parents Become the Parents That They Are Meant To Be Marjorie Fujara, MD, shares lessons learned from the recent implementation of an evidence-based parenting intervention, Triple P, as well as the importance of a broad based public awareness campaign on parenting. 2017 Webinars Creating A Trauma-Informed Hospital-Lessons from the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin The Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has been at the forefront of the movement to create trauma-informed hospitals. Using the Sanctuary Model and the will of many champions within the hospital, this medical system is several years into a 10-year process to become trauma-informed. During the webinar, Dr. Heather Paradis (Medical Director, Community Services) and Jennifer Hammel (Early Childhood Development and Trauma Informed Care Director) explain the genesis of this major systems change movement. Creating Healing Communities In this webinar, Lynn Todman, Ph.D., M.P.C. and Collaborative member Elena Quintana, Ph.D. discuss the link between the social determinants of health, wide spread trauma and emotional unrest, and inequality in Southwest Michigan. Treating Trauma & Reducing Poverty to Address Violence Heartland Alliance's Social Impact Center 2017 Poverty Report explores the relationship between poverty, violence, and trauma and, through its findings, argues that addressing Illinois’s violence crisis must involve investing in reducing poverty and treating trauma. Webinar speakers Katie Buitrago and Samantha Tuttle of the Social Impact Center uplift data related to trauma as well as present policy recommendations based on the report. Using a Mindfulness-Based Social Emotional Learning Program with K-2 Students, Teachers, and Parents in CPS This webinar examines the intersection of trauma and the educational system. Dr. Amanda Moreno and Erikson Institute doctoral student Kandace Thomas present on features of the Calm Classroom K-2 project, a large randomized controlled trial of mindfulness and related strategies taking place in 30 high-poverty Chicago Public Schools.