New resources--policy briefs on the impact of ACEs in the health, justice, and education systems
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The Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative at Health & Medicine Policy Research Group is pleased to share three policy briefs on the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (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. 
Health Policy Brief
Justice Policy Brief
Education Policy Brief
What to expect in early 2017:
  • We will release our environmental scan of over 350 programs working to address trauma. The scan highlights specific strategies and policies organizations can use to address and prevent trauma in their respective spheres, providing an analysis of current challenges, successful ways organizations have overcome those barriers, and policy recommendations to support incorporating trauma-informed practices.
  • We will release (and continue to update) a publicly accessible resource library of the most current research in ACEs and resiliency. Currently, this resource library includes 250 scholarly articles, toolkits, and videos and will grow as new information is gathered by the Collaborative.
  • We will launch a webinar series to support all of us who are working to build our knowledge and skills around ACEs, resiliency, NEAR science (the cluster of fields of study that include Neuroscience, Epigenetics, ACEs and Resilience), and advocacy efforts, with an emphasis on social justice and the social determinants of health.
There is much more work underway and we look forward to sharing it with you in 2017. Please contact Maggie Litgen at Health & Medicine Policy Research Group for more information or to get involved.
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