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Building Trauma-Informed Health Departments

For more information about this program please contact:

Kate McCormack
LCSW, Director, IL ACES Responsive Collaborative

Mayra Diaz
Policy Analyst, Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative

Hannah Shevrin
Training and Capacity Building Manager, Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative

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Building Trauma-Informed Health Departments

  • Overview


The Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative is helping health departments across Illinois become more trauma-informed—in other words, become more grounded in an understanding of the physical, psychological, and social effects of trauma and how that impacts both clients and staff.

To support health departments in this journey, we are offering a webinar series, virtual learning collaborative tools and resources, and tailored support to a small number of health departments.


Implementing Trauma-Informed Care: Resources and Case Studies for Health Departments: Responsive to health departments expressed need to better understand the process of becoming trauma-informed, this brief offers an overview of trauma-informed care and case studies from two Illinois leaders in this work, the Chicago Department of Public Health and Winnebago County Health Department.

Trauma-Informed Approaches for Supporting Families with Opioid Misuse: This paper provides an overview of trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), as well as how opioid misuse is both associated with past trauma in the home and community and correlated with increased risk of future poor health and social outcomes. It also provides practical strategies to implement a trauma-informed response that fosters resilience and supports families impacted by opioid misuse.

See more publications in our resource library.