5-4-16 GRANT WINNERS: Carol Greilick, Shen Chefalo, Cathy Anthofer-Fialon, Jennifer Hutchinson
THE BIG IDEA: We are in the process of building a coalition around building resilience in those affected by adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). There are many agencies in the community doing the important work of addressing the needs of individuals. However, we have not engaged in conversation together about the associated ACE research, nor have we talked about building resilience to overcome the impact. We want to build a structure and system that facilitates the work and collaboration.
HOW IS IT PERSONALLY FULFILLING? Each of us has experience in human services, including education, justice system, elder care, and community organization. We are committed to using what we have learned in our nearly 200 years of combined life to build a more compassionate community that supports the growth and healing of all of its citizens. As a community, we all succeed or fail together. It is powerful to see individuals overcome adversity!
HOW DOES IT MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY? By building a resilient community, we allow our fellow citizens to fulfill their potential as human beings and to contribute positively to the community. Another benefit is that fewer recources are used on health care, juvenile and adult justice, and so on. We can direct those resources to more positive actions.
WHAT WILL BE “PHASE ONE” OF YOUR BUSINESS PLAN, GETTING IT OFF THE GROUND? Our team has applied for a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grand for emerging leaders in healthcare. We meet and study systemic change regularly. Our next steps include:
- Articulating a vision and plan to engage stakeholder groups with intention
- Providing educational resources for interested community members
WHAT IS YOUR VISION FOR “PHASE 2” AS YOU MOVE IT AHEAD? Phase two would include:
- Implementation of an outreach strategy to engage stakeholders
- Identify strategic steps with the stakeholder/coalition members
HOW WILL YOU USE THE $500? We will use the $500 to begin to build a website that will, in the first phase:
- Clearly identify the vision and purpose of the coalition
- Provide educational resources and links
- Provide links to community resources for those in need
WHEN DO YOU THINK THIS THING WILL LAUNCH? We plan to launch the website by September 1, 2016
HOW CAN WE (THE AUDIENCE) GET INVOLVED OR SUPPORT? The most important thing the audience, or community, can do is become education regarding ACEs, use common language, and engage in the conversation as we build the coalition. We want to emphasize that we are not doing new work, but are providing common language and structure to support collaboration among those already doing important work.
– Current facebook page
– A short and clear video that explains ACEs and their impact