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Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative

Creating a Universal Newborn Support System (UNSS) in Illinois: An Assessment of Opportunity Based on Wisdom and Experience from the Field – Policy Brief
11/08/2021

The time has never been better for exploration of the possibilities for expanding the Universal Newborn Support System (UNSS) model in Illinois. A group of early childhood and maternal and child health advocates, supported by Health & Medicine, McAlpine Consulting for Growth, and Conlon Public Strategies, has studied and developed recommendations as to how such a system might be shaped, administered, and funded as a universal statewide initiative, learning from those closest to model programs already underway.

Tags: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES),
Creating a Universal Newborn Support System (UNSS) in Illinois: An Assessment of Opportunity Based on Wisdom and Experience from the Field – Report
11/05/2021

The time has never been better for exploration of the possibilities for expanding the Universal Newborn Support System (UNSS) model in Illinois. A group of early childhood and maternal and child health advocates, supported by Health & Medicine, McAlpine Consulting for Growth, and Conlon Public Strategies, has studied and developed recommendations as to how such a system might be shaped, administered, and funded as a universal statewide initiative, learning from those closest to model programs already underway.

Tags: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES),
Childhood Experiences Influence Student Outcomes
09/28/2021

Using the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey to Highlight Connections Between Childhood Experiences and Outcomes Among Chicago Public High School Students

Tags: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES),
Action Plan to Address Childhood Adversity in Illinois
05/25/2021

Launched in July 2020, the Statewide Working Group, convened by the Collaborative, engaged in a 10-month strategic planning process to develop a coordinated statewide response for mitigating trauma’s lasting effects on children’s health and well-being and to promote healing and thriving at every stage of life. The Action Plan builds upon a solid foundation of research, collaboration, trauma-responsive policy and practice expertise, and the knowledge and experience of community members.

Tags: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES),
Trauma-Informed Hospital Workgroups: A Resource Guide for Launching and Sustaining a Workgroup
11/24/2020

This resource guide is designed to provide you with tools and strategies to establish and grow a Trauma-Informed Workgroup at your organization. It also includes resources on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), trauma, and trauma-informed care to share with each other and your organization as a whole. This guide will assist you in leading a workgroup that advocates for and implements trauma-informed practices that create safer, more supportive, and healing-centered environments.

Tags: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES),
Aligning Hospitals to Promote Trauma-Informed, Healing-Centered Transformation in Chicago
11/24/2020

In 2017, Health & Medicine Policy Research Group’s Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative (the Collaborative), the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), and the Alliance for Health Equity (AHE) partnered to establish the Trauma-Informed Working Group (the Working Group) of the AHE, a group of 18 Chicago-area hospitals and health care systems working to become trauma-informed. This report aims to share the learnings of the Working Group. It is our hope that the insights presented here will provide direction for health care institutions and other organizations pursuing TIHC transformation.

Tags: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES),
Policy Approaches to Addressing Childhood Adversity: Findings from a Policy Scan of 2019 State-Level Legislation
08/05/2020

This review assesses the current landscape of state-level legislation to understand how childhood adversity is currently addressed in policies, focusing on state-level legislation across the country that incorporated ACEs, trauma, and trauma-informed care. We hope this scan will be the first step in monitoring not only areas for growth in policy, but to also discover new ideas for potential pieces of legislation and collaboration across sectors and state lines.

Tags: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES),
Trauma-Informed Approaches for Supporting Families with Opioid Misuse
11/25/2019

This paper will provide 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 will also provide practical strategies to implement a trauma-informed response that fosters resilience and supports families impacted by opioid misuse.

Tags: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES),
Five How-Tos of Trauma-Informed Practice
05/15/2019

How can you provide client-centered, trauma-informed services so that clients are treated with the dignity that all people deserve? Developed in partnership with Collaborative member Sarah Hess, Five How-Tos of Trauma-Informed Practice provides strategies you can use today to make your services more trauma-informed.

Tags: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES),
Trauma-Informed Policymaking Tool
05/15/2019

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

Tags: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES),