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15. Creating a Resilient and Trauma-Informed Community



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One community is engaging agencies and organizations across sectors in a collective effort to create resilience and to become more trauma-informed at a community level.  Our framework is a model of change composed of four commitments to the community: building a foundation of common language and understanding of adverse childhood experiences, trauma-informed care, resilience, and empathy; disrupting the cycle of trauma; strengthening resilience, and restoring lives.  More than 2000 practitioners, educators, service providers, and community members have already participated in foundation-building training, and more than 150 of these, representing dozens of agencies, organizations, and businesses, have joined together in a network of Champions dedicated to transforming their work to be more trauma-informed and focused on building resilience among the people they serve.  Knowing the effect that childhood trauma has on adult health, and the subsequent mitigating effects of building resilience and developing stable, empathetic relationships, these organizations and individuals are collaborating within and across sectors to make their community more connected, healthy, and resilient.  Come and learn about our process, successes, and lessons learned and find out how your community can work together to build its own resilience.

Catherine Kolkmeier - 
La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium

Jennifer Rombalski, 
La Crosse County Health Department


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