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IL ACEs Response Collaborative Releases Environmental Scan

Feb 15, 2017

As recognition of the widespread impact of trauma increases, the desire to provide trauma-informed care is at the forefront of a movement to build resilience and prevent and mitigate the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

Given the growing momentum for change and the need to bolster awareness of promising practices in trauma-informed care, the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative at Health & Medicine researched over 300 programs to develop this Environmental Scan Report. The goal of the Scan was to uncover essential characteristics, promising practices, and obstacles for meaningful systems change towards trauma-informed care. Recommendations gleaned from our findings on how to integrate the science of ACEs and resiliency into program and organizational change efforts are also provided. Read the report here.

Nominations Open for the 2017 Schweitzer Leadership Award

Jan 27, 2017

The Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellowship is seeking nominations for their 2017 Schweitzer Leadership Award which recognizes an individual who has done significant work to mitigate the social determinants of health in our community, and whose commitment to service has influenced and inspired others. The nomination deadline is Monday, March 6, 2017 and the winner will be honored at an awards event this summer.

To submit a nomination send an e-mail to with the subject "Leadership Award Nomination" and the answers to the following questions in the body of the email:
- Why is your nominee an ideal candidate for the Schweitzer Leadership Award?
- Describe the ways in which your nominee has mitigated the social determinants of health in their community, and the ways in which their commitment to service has influenced and inspired others.
- Please be sure to include your name, contact information, and affiliation(s) with the person you are nominating.

Nominations may have a maximum of 1,000 words, and only individuals living in the Chicago area are eligible for the award. We also invite you to download a nomination flier to share this exciting opportunity with your network. For questions, please contact Maya Bauer at or (312) 372-4292 x31.

Board Member Lon Berkeley Honored by HRSA for Commitment to Community Service

Jan 20, 2017

During Health & Medicine's January Board meeting, founding Board Member Lon Berkeley was honored by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA’s) Office of Regional Operations for his lifelong commitment and dedication to community service, health equity, and engagement with the underserved community to improve overall health.

Rick Wilk, Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, HRSA Chicago Regional Office – Region V, presented the commendation to Berkeley on the occasion of his retirement from the Joint Commission where he has worked since 1997, serving as the Project Director for the Community Health Center Accreditation initiative since it was launched in 2011. Prior to his time at the Joint Commission, Berkeley  was the Executive Director of the Illinois Primary Health Care Association.

“He helps those of us around him feel important and empowered by encouraging us to make the greatest impact possible and supporting us in these efforts,” Wilk said. “Lon has provided opportunities to many public health professionals to leverage their passion and skills to grow safety net providers…His career reflects work with a disparate group of people to ensure that the health centers and other safety net providers would grow and address the varied needs of the diverse communities they strive to serve.”

To read Wilk’s full remarks, click here.

IL ACEs Response Collaborative Releases Policy Recommendations

Dec 21, 2016

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. Click here to view the briefs.