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For more information about this program please contact:

Madison Hammett
MPH, MSW, Senior Policy Analyst, Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative

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Capacity Building

  • Overview


We are currently providing technical assistance to area hospitals and health departments to help them advance their trauma-informed practices. Our assistance is responsive to the groups we are working with and ranges from a one-off conversation to intensive coaching.

Some highlights of our capacity building efforts include:

  • Our trainings on ACEs, trauma, resilience, and trauma-informed care have reached over 1,160 people from community-based organizations, hospitals, FQHCs, schools, foundations, and more. We presented ACE Interface Train the Trainer sessions to 3 cohorts and now have 4 master trainers and 85 presenters.
  • Our work with the Trauma-Informed Hospital Collaborative and the Illinois Local Health Department Learning Collaborative continues to bring trauma-informed transformation to health care systems and communities across the state.
  • We initiated a Trauma-Informed Working Group for local hospitals—the first of its kind in the country—to provide capacity building for 17 of the region’s leading hospitals working to become more trauma-informed.
  • We launched an ambitious initiative to support Illinois health departments advance their journey to become trauma-informed, serving 53 health departments nationally, including 30 Illinois departments, in 2018.
  • We engaged system, agency, and government leaders including providing expertise to Sen. Durbin’s Chicago HEAL Initiative, a collaboration between hospitals to reduce gun violence.

If you want help building your organization’s capacity towards becoming trauma-informed, contact Madison Hammett at