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Bridget Gavaghan
Director, Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative

Madison Hammett
MPH, MSW, Manager, Training & Capacity Building, Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative

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Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative

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Read our latest resource, Action Plan to Address Childhood Adversity in Illinois!

The Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative (the Collaborative) is a broad range of multi-sectoral stakeholders committed to expanding the understanding of trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and their impact on the health and well-being of Illinois children, families, communities, and systems. Our mission is to catalyze a cross-sector movement to prevent trauma and promote thriving across lifespan and to place the impact of childhood experience on wellbeing at the forefront of the equity agenda in Illinois. Our vision is a thriving and equitable Illinois in which individuals, families, communities, and all systems and sectors work together to prevent trauma, heal, and flourish.

Informed by the collective impact model, the Collaborative takes a root causes approach to addressing trauma and ACEs to build resilience, promote healing, and advance equity.  We develop education, policies, and responses to assist those who have experienced a high level of adversity, while simultaneously developing strategies to reduce the frequency, impact, and intergenerational transmission of ACEs.

The Collaborative’s work is intended to amplify impact and advance systems change; it is not intended to replace the efforts of the many other communities or direct-service providers working towards similar goals. Instead, we strive to bring groups together to promote communication, share work, and avoid duplication to catalyze change in our state.

The Collaborative offers training on ACEs 101, Burnout, and Historical Trauma. To learn more or customize a training for your organization, contact Madison Hammett at

See our publications and resources in the ACEs resource library.

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