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Community Connections: Pathways to Safety, Healing, and Wellness


Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Chicago Teachers Union Foundation, 1901 W. Carroll Ave, Chicago, IL 60612
Registration: $25 (Lunch included; Fee waivers available upon request)

We do not want cost to be a barrier for any participants. Fee waivers are available upon request; simply email info@hmprg.org or call (312) 372-4292

Communities offer a rich tapestry of ways to foster collective resilience. Community Connections will highlight some of the ways community groups and networks are building positive relationships and places of belonging and contribution. The conference will provide an opportunity to learn and share with others who are working to strengthen communities and promote healing and wellness. Learn about creative approaches that weave together arts, block clubs, youth development programs, community gardens, and story-telling with schools, health services, law-enforcement agencies, libraries, and community organizations.

The Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative is thrilled to welcome national expert Dr. Renée Boynton-Jarrett (Dr. Renée on ‘PBS’ The Raising of America) as our keynote speaker for the event. She will discuss how her work both as a pediatrician and community activist promotes resilience among families and communities.  

The conference will focus on unleashing community capacity to protect children and youth and empower residents to increase whole families’ overall social and physical health, safety, and community connections. We will examine ACEs through an equity lens, including breaking down the many ways that structural inequities impact specific communities and the ways that they build resiliency.

Conference objectives include:
  • Deepen our understanding of how violence/trauma impact children, youth, families and communities, historically, individually, and across generations
  • Increase our understanding of how communities can contribute to healing and wellness; provide examples of promising and innovative approaches used in Illinois to foster healing, wellness, connections, and hope
  • Understand the role of community in systems change efforts, specifically healthcare,  school and justice settings
Keynote Speaker:


Renée Boynton-Jarrett
is a practicing primary care pediatrician at Boston Medical Center, a social epidemiologist and the founding director of the Vital Village Network. Through the Vital Village Network, she is supporting the development of community-based strategies to promote child well-being in three Boston neighborhoods. She is nationally recognized for expertise in the role of early-life adversities as life course social determinants of health and has a specific interest in the intersection of community violence, intimate partner violence, and child abuse and neglect and neighborhood characteristics that influence these patterns. She was honored by the Massachusetts Public Health Association with the Paul Revere Award for outstanding impact on public health in 2015 and she is featured in the signature hour of "The Raising of America" documentary series.

Who should attend?

  • Community members, community organizations, community networks
  • Youth involvement organizations
  • Educators
  • Activists, advocates, policy makers
  • Human service providers
  • Restorative justice practitioners; representatives from Justice systems
  • Faith leaders / clergy
  • Healthcare providers
  • Park districts and librarians

Additional event details:

  • We do not want cost to be a barrier for any participants. Fee waivers are available upon request; simply email info@hmprg.org or call (312) 372-4292
  • Contact Health & Medicine at 312-372-4292 or info@hmprg.org with any requests for sign language interpretation, accessibility concerns, and any other questions regarding this forum.

Thank you to our co-sponsors: The Chicago Teachers Union Foundation and the Illinois Collaboration on Youth