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Trauma-Informed Awareness Day: Building a Healing Centered Illinois

May 25, 2022

The Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative is hosting a virtual event in honor of Illinois’ fourth annual Trauma-Informed Awareness Day. Building a Healing Centered Illinois will take place on Wednesday, May 25th, from 10 – 11:30 a.m. CDT and will serve as a call for meaningful action to translate awareness about trauma into resilience-building and healing-centered transformative policies and practices across the state. Register now!

Welcome Remarks:

  • State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Lake Forest), sponsor of the Senate Trauma-Informed Awareness Day Resolution
  • A message from Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton

Leadership Panel:  

  • State Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas (D-Chicago)
  • Delrice Adams, Executive Director, Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
  • Krish Mohip, Deputy Education Officer, Illinois State Board of Education
  • Dr. Dana Weiner, Director of the Governor’s Office Children’s Behavioral Health Transformation Initiative

Panel Introductions & Panel Moderator: 

  • Dr. Colleen Cicchetti, Clinical Director of the Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition
  • Bridget Gavaghan, Director of the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative, Health & Medicine Policy Research Group

Please join us for this virtual event in honor of Illinois’ fourth-annual Trauma-Informed Awareness Day!

Panelists will share their vision, ideas, and commitments for advancing Illinois towards being a resilience-building, healing-centered state.

During the event, we will also feature some of our favorite posts from the #MyTraumaInformedIL campaign. Be sure to visit the Trauma Informed Awareness Day toolkit to see how you can participate in the campaign and share what a Trauma-Informed Illinois means to you.

First established by Illinois House and Senate resolutions in 2019, Trauma-Informed Awareness Day highlights the impact of trauma and the importance of prevention and resilience through trauma-informed, healing-centered care. The Collaborative has partnered with State Representative Robyn Gabel and State Senator Julie A. Morrison to introduce resolutions (HR 725 and SR 791) recognizing May 25th as Trauma Informed Awareness Day for 2022. The resolutions highlight the need for trauma-informed, healing-centered policies and supports throughout Illinois to build thriving, resilient communities. We thank Senator Morrison and Representative Gabel for their leadership.

Register now!

Featured Resources for the Month: 

Trauma Informed Awareness Day Toolkit: Visit our toolkit for a comprehensive list of events and social media actions taking place throughout the month. Each week, we will highlight a different theme with accompanying resources and content leading up to Trauma-Informed Awareness Day. We invite you to share our posts with your networks or develop your own posts related to the theme of the week. 

#MyTraumaInformedIL: Throughout the month of May, we are asking Illinois residents to let us know what a Trauma-Informed Illinois means to them with our #MyTraumaInformedIL campaign. Details on how the participate in this campaign are included in the toolkit.