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Capacity Building and Training

For more information about this program please contact:

Mayra Diaz
Policy Analyst, Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative

Bridget Gavaghan
Director, Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative

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

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Capacity Building and Training

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The Collaborative has extensive experience providing technical assistance to hospitals, health departments, social service organizations, and county-level initiatives to help them advance their trauma-informed organizational transformation. There is an arc to becoming trauma-informed: it is a multi-year process that begins with awareness and grows to the point where the of trauma becomes embedded and operationalized throughout an organization. Our assistance is responsive to the groups we are working with and ranges from a one-off strategy discussion to organization-wide training to ongoing intensive support. We also help agencies conduct baseline assessments, establish trauma-informed care working groups, incorporate trauma-informed principles into strategic plans, and more.

Some highlights of our capacity building efforts include:

  • Our trainings on childhood adversity and resilience, historical trauma, burnout, and trauma-informed care have reached 1,200 people from community-based organizations, hospitals, FQHCs, schools, foundations, and more.
  • We are the region’s hub for the ACE Interface Train-the Trainer curriculum, a nationally recognized program developed by Dr. Rob Anda and Laura Porter. We have trained four cohorts of presenters and now have four master trainers and 85 presenters.
  • We lead the Trauma-Informed Working Group for local hospitals—the first of its kind in the country—to provide capacity building for 17 of Chicagoland’s leading hospitals working to become more trauma-informed.
  • We launched an ambitious initiative to support Illinois health departments advance their journey to become trauma-informed, serving 53 health departments nationally, including 30 Illinois departments, in 2018.
  • We engaged system, agency, and government leaders including providing expertise to Sen. Durbin’s Chicago HEAL Initiative, a collaboration between hospitals to reduce gun violence.

If you want help building your organization’s capacity towards becoming trauma-informed, contact Madison Hammett at