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For more information about this program please contact:

Kate McCormack
LCSW, Director, IL ACES Responsive Collaborative Kmcormack@hmprg.org

Mayra Diaz
Policy Analyst, Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative mdiaz@hmprg.org

Hannah Shevrin
Training and Capacity Building Manager, Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative hshevrin@hmprg.org

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  • Overview


Drawing members from diverse sectors, the Collaborative has emerged as an organizing entity for trauma and ACEs work in Illinois. We are uniquely positioned to educate and advocate on key policy issues affecting intergenerational and systemic trauma, community wellbeing, and resilience.

Some of our policy successes include:

Policymaking Tool

Our Trauma-Informed Policymaking Tool outlines a policy approach to preventing and healing from trauma. The two-page Tool defines trauma-informed principles and describes their application to both the process of policymaking and its outcome. See it here!

Policy Briefs: Health, Justice, and Education

In 2017, the Collaborative released three policy briefs on the impact of ACEs in the health, justice, and education systems including promising practices and recommended actions for change. These briefs were developed by members of the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative—system leaders in Illinois who are working from an ACEs-informed lens to improve systems to prevent and mitigate trauma across generations.

Rooted in social justice, these briefs are a call to action to move upstream, build resiliency, and recognize how addressing inequity and trauma can improve systems while also building resiliency. Follow the links below to access the documents: