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Investing in Community Resilience Web Series, Trauma-Informed Cross-Sector Networks (eXtension Foundation Members Only)


Investing in Community Resilience Web Series, Trauma-Informed Cross-Sector Networks (eXtension Foundation Members Only)

This event is for eXtension Foundation members only. A listing of eXtension Foundation members can be found here.

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We believe it is critical to acknowledge what is happening to our communities. From the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic that has taken many lives, to the systemic racism and inequalities that continue to deeply affect communities of color, we are seeing trauma in a multitude of ways. 

Our mission is to serve the U.S. Cooperative Extension System by partnering to make a greater collective impact and promote accessibility to all in communities across the nation.  We are committed to fostering inclusive work where diversity is welcomed, encouraged, and leveraged for growth, new knowledge, and community vitality.

The eXtension Foundation will continue to do what it does best - create opportunities for Cooperative Extension to engage in dialogue, learn from one another, and help identify next steps in addressing these challenges.  

The science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma, toxic stress as well as healing and resilience, can provide helpful tools for supporting communities.

Please join us on Wednesday, September 16th from 3-4pm ET for the fifth webinar of the Investing in Community Resilience web series, Trauma-Informed Cross-Sector Networks.

Investing in Community Resilience:
Deploying Trauma-Informed Practice for Funders & Capacity Builders

As a Extension professional, your passion for building just, healthy, resilient communities is evident. Until recently, we have been missing critical information that can help us develop best practices to achieve such a goal. 

Today, the science is clear – adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma can impact the brain and body, contributing to a host of negative outcomes in all aspects of life. Some effects can even be passed from generation to generation. In the last two decades, we have come to understand that ACEs and trauma are pervasive and distributed inequitably among vulnerable communities. 

The good news is that trauma-informed, healing-centered practice can hold the keys to preventing and mitigating these impacts. Researchers, service providers, philanthropists, policymakers, community residents, and others are coming together to build a movement for resilient communities, improving outcomes in areas as divergent as health care, education, and criminal justice.

In partnership with the Scattergood Foundation, the eXtension Foundation is providing an exclusive 10-month learning series opportunity on using ACEs and trauma science to improve community outcomes. 

This series will guide the conversation around how communities can deploy resources in creative ways to build knowledge and capacity throughout the human-serving field. The series will be delivered in three parts, each of which will include two educational webinars and one interactive learning circle:

Part III: Trauma-Informed Practice - Moving Knowledge to Action
September, October, November 2020

In part three, Expanding the trauma-informed movement, we will explore:

  • How collaboration across sectors can advance the trauma-informed movement
  • The role philanthropy and extension professionals can play in advocating for systems change to prevent and mitigate the impact of ACEs and trauma

Webinar V: Trauma-Informed Cross-Sector Networks
September 16th, 2020
3 PM - 4 PM ET

We invite you to join us for the fourth webinar in our Investing in Community Resilience series. By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to: 

  • Describe the value-add of cross-sector collaboration for preventing and mitigating the impact of ACEs and trauma
  • Understand critical elements of strong cross-sector networks
  • Identify actionable next steps to initiate and support cross-sector networks grounded in ACEs science 

This Webinar is Presented By:

This webinar will feature a conversation with leaders in the trauma-informed movement. Jane Stevens (Founder/Editor, ACEs Connection) and Clare Reidy (Director of Collaborative Partnerships, Health Federation of Philadelphia) will share what they have learned from working with trauma-informed cross-sector networks from across the country. They will highlight examples and moderate a discussion about building and participating in trauma-informed cross-sector networks.

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