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September 16, 2020: Investing in Community Resilience Webinar Five: Trauma-Informed Cross-Sector Networks

Aug 26, 2020

Building on the Foundation’s Trauma-Informed Philanthropy series, we are pleased to present a 10-month learning series, Investing in Community Resilience. This series, presented in partnership with the eXtension Foundation, will provide vital information to funders and cooperative extension professionals for developing trauma-informed, healing-centered approaches in their work.

Please join us for the fifth webinar in the series, Trauma-Informed Cross-Sector Networks, will be on Wednesday, September 16th from 3-4pm EST.

To register, click here.

Trauma-Informed Cross-Sector Networks
September 16th, 2020
3-4pm EST

The webinar will explore how cross-sector networks can enhance the adoption of trauma-informed practice. 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 either initiate and support cross-sector networks grounded in ACEs science

Presented by: 

Jane Ellen Stevens
Founder and Editor, ACEs Connection

Jane Ellen Stevens is founder and publisher of ACEs Connection, comprising the social network and the news site The sites focus on the science of adverse childhood experiences, and how people, organizations, systems and communities are implementing trauma-informed and resilience-building practices based on that science. Our approach has always been to educate, nurture, nudge, encourage and support more than 47,000 members and the more than 300 ACEs initiatives (and growing) in cities, counties, regions, states and nations as they integrate ACEs science. We provide tools to measure progress and guidance in person and virtually. The network is supported by funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The California Endowment, the Lisa Stone Pritzker Family Foundation, and Genentech. Stevens has been a health, science and technology journalist for more than 35 years. Her articles have appeared in the Boston Globe, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and National Geographic. She began reporting about the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study and the other four parts of ACEs science in 2005. She has lived and worked in Kenya and Indonesia, and has been to Antarctica — in the winter — three times on reporting fellowships. 

Clare Reidy, RN, MPH
Director of Collaborative Partnerships, Health Federation of Philadelphia

Clare Reidy, RN, MPH, is the director of collaborative partnerships and program manager for Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC) at the Health Federation of Philadelphia (HFP). MARC supports community-based, cross-sector networks organized around the science of adverse childhood experiences and trauma as they advocate for policies and practices that contribute to a more just, healthy and resilient world. Before joining HFP, Clare was a health scientist in the Division of Violence Prevention at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she worked on health equity initiatives including The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of our Nation (California Newsreel, 2015) and Expanding the Boundaries: Health Equity and Public Health Practice (NACCHO, 2014). Clare has also worked as a nurse in a variety of clinical settings, including transplant surgery at Georgetown University Hospital. She has a master’s degree in public health from the University of Georgia and undergraduate degrees in political science and nursing from the University of Notre Dame and Marymount University, respectively.

Brian K. Semsem, Sr
Founder and Owner, Anago Consulting

Brian is the Director of Recreational Resilience Programs for Every Neighborhood Partnership (ENP), a local non-profit organization providing out-of-school time recreational programming throughout the Fresno / Clovis area. He is also the owner of Anago Consulting a professional consulting organization specializing in Trauma-Informed Professional Development and Programing. Brian has over 20 years of experience working with youth and families in under resourced communities in a variety of settings including substance abuse treatment, foster care, group homes and faith-based setting as a youth leader and lead pastor.  

Brian has been married to his best friend Jessica for 20 years, they have 9 children, (5-biological, 2 adoptive and 2 foster children) and 6 grandchildren. 

Theresa Barila, MS
Founder and Board President, Community Resilience Initiative

Theresa Barila is founder and Board President for the non-profit entity Community Resilience Initiative. CRI uses the KISS framework—Knowledge, Insight, Strategies and Structures—to provide the science and best practices to address the root causes of community and life span health issues, with a focus on the science of hope and Resilience in buffering the negative consequences of ACEs. What is predictable is preventable, and creating a community-wide response via incorporating mental model shifts and trauma-informed strategies is our goal. Applying strategic systems thinking in how to improve the lives of individuals in our Valley and in other communities and ultimately the nation is our passion.

Theresa has a Master of Science degree and a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Born and raised in Washington, D.C. until her 30s, she now resides in Walla Walla. She has two adult children and answers best to the title “grandmom” to her 2 yr old granddaughter. She is an avid outdoors person and does best when in full sunshine and blue skies.