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Webinar — Advocacy and Action to Address ACEs in Rural Appalachia: Multi-Sector Partners in the Watauga Compassionate Community Initiative

Dec 18, 2019

On Wednesday, December 18th, the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative hosted a free webinar, “Advocacy and Action to Address ACEs in Rural Appalachia: Multi-Sector Partners in the Watauga Compassionate Community Initiative.” The town of Boone, North Carolina and its home county Watauga, located in the rural Appalachian High Country region of the state, have served as catalysts […]

Overdose Prevention Sites: A Proven, Life-Saving Tool to Combat the Overdose Crisis

Dec 12, 2019

The overdose crisis has hit Chicago very hard, yet another example of health inequity in our city. We hosted a free, educational event focused on overdose prevention sites (OPS), and a broader harm reduction approach for improving and protecting people’s health. Overdose prevention sites are a well-established intervention that have existed for decades, with at […]

The Chicago Forum for Justice in Health Policy: Health Reform Impacts, Challenges, and the Future

Oct 31, 2019

This forum shared updates and responses on Health & Medicine Policy Research Group’s latest research about health reform’s impacts, its unintended consequences, and its unfinished work—with an eye to the future. The event included a summary of initial research findings, response from health system organizations’ perspectives, Illinois State government perspectives, and health advocates activities and […]

2019 HMPRG Awards Gala

Sep 27, 2019

This our moment...Join us on September 27 at the Chicago Cultural Center as we honor those in our community daring to imagine a more equitable future.

Schweitzer FFL Webinar Series Presents: Work-Life Balance and Restoring Humanity to Healthcare

Sep 23, 2019

In this free webinar on Monday, September 23rd, Dr. Fernandopulle (FFL, Boston) addressed how and why he started Iora Health in 2011 and his perspective on maintaining healthy work-life balance. Dr. Fernandopulle is co-founder and chief executive officer of Iora Health, a unique for-profit whose mission is restoring humanity to healthcare. Iora Health was named […]

Schweitzer Fellows Fest 2019

Sep 17, 2019

On Tuesday, September 17th, family, friends, and the community came together at Schweitzer Fellows Fest to support our 2019-2020 Schweitzer Fellows as they begin to implement innovative public service projects in Chicago’s most vulnerable communities. It was a night of celebration, inspiration, and fundraising! Fellows have created online “wish lists” of supplies and resources that […]

Webinar — Shifting the Focus: Prioritizing the Developmental Needs of Infants and Toddlers through Early Childhood Court Teams

Sep 17, 2019

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. The Early Childhood Court Team program utilizes a relationship-based approach to support families […]

Moving Towards Inclusive Advocacy: Building Disability Power

Jul 31, 2019

On Wednesday, July 31st, Health & Medicine Policy Research Group and the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellowship presented the 2019 Schweitzer Leadership Award to Amber Smock of Access Living at “Moving Towards Inclusive Advocacy: Building Disability Power”. The Award honors an individual who has done significant work to mitigate the social determinants of health in their […]

Webinar — Trauma-Informed Policymaking: Leading Change in Illinois

Jul 29, 2019

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.  […]

Enhancing Active Listening Skills to Act on What Matters for Older Adults

Jun 27, 2019

Strong communication is important for establishing trust in a healthcare professional-patient relationship. Active listening skills can improve communication by encouraging the listener to focus their full attention on the speaker, and use both verbal & nonverbal expressions to show the speaker they are fully engaged. Through active listening healthcare professionals can build trust & respect with clients, enhance quality of care, & reduce their own burnout & stress. This two and a half hour in-person training will provide direct care workers with the skills needed to apply active listening to their interactions with clients.

Trauma-Informed Health Departments: Cross-Sector Collaboration

Jun 27, 2019

The Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative is excited to announce the next meeting in its virtual learning series for trauma-informed health departments. Join us on June 27th at 11 AM CST for an interactive webinar on cross-section collaboration. Attendees will hear 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.

Webinar — To Combat Loneliness, Promote Social Health

Jun 26, 2019

On Wednesday, June 26th, Schweitzer Fellows for Life hosted a nation-wide webinar entitled “To Combat Loneliness, Promote Social Health”. This is the second in a series of webinars featuring FFLs around the country, connecting their expertise and pushing our learning further. Fellows for Life is a network of alumni of the Schweitzer Fellowship that stretched […]

Better Media Reporting on Opioids: Data, Racial Justice, and Harm Reduction

Jun 20, 2019

Opioid and other substance use disorders are heavily stigmatized. Media plays an important role in shaping perceptions of public health concerns and impacting the public policy responses. This press briefing and discussion examined the relationship between media coverage and public policy, introducing a toolkit to guide reporters in integrating public health solutions into coverage of […]

Webinar — Segregation Stress Syndrome: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin

May 29, 2019

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 […]

Schweitzer Celebration Of Service 2019

Apr 17, 2019

On Wednesday, April 17, The Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows Program and Health & Medicine hosted our annual Celebration of Service event, honoring the accomplishments of the 2018-19 Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows.

Webinar – The Power of Play: Theraplay’s Approach to Trauma-Informed Intervention

Mar 28, 2019

On Thursday, March 28th, the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative hosted a free webinar with Andrea Bushala from the Theraplay Institute.

Webinar: Creating School-Health-Community Partnerships to Improve the Lives of Children

Feb 21, 2019

The Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative will host a free webinar on Wednesday, February 21st at 10 AM with Partnership for Resilience’s Andrea Ortez. Andrea is the Southland Partnership Organizer with Partnership for Resilience, and will be discussing how the Partnership for Resilience, originally known as the “Southland Education and Health Initiative,” is working with teachers, administrators, and health care professionals to meet the needs of students in Illinois schools impacted by adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

Toward Healthcare for All: The Opportunity to Act Now

Jan 26, 2019

On Saturday, January 26 at SEIU Healthcare IL, over 100 activists, community members, health professionals, and others interested in healthcare access and health equity came together to learn, connect with others working to expand health insurance coverage, and explore how to work toward healthcare for all in our state and the nation.