Site Visits May 2017

The Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC) grant managers from the Health Federation of Philadelphia visited Alaska to learn about movement-building around trauma and resilience here. We took them to see organizations and physical spaces that have incorporated a resilience framework into their design, and to hear from people who are working to end child maltreatment, intergenerational and systemic trauma through healing, system change, strategic advocacy, and movement building, including in the two regional coalitions (R.O.C.K. Mat-Su and Southern Kenai Peninsula Resilience Coalition) who are part of the MARC grant. The following are images from our trip.

Homer's hospital features a very active trauma-informed learning collaborative team. They are implementing many opportunities for staff learning and implementing system changes to increase safety, empowerment, trust, and collaboration with staff and patients.

Homer's hospital features a very active trauma-informed learning collaborative team. They are implementing many opportunities for staff learning and implementing system changes to increase safety, empowerment, trust, and collaboration with staff and patients.

Homer's Family Planning Center updated their forms to be inclusive of all gender identities. Part of being trauma-informed (and avoiding re-traumatizing patients) is being inclusive of and respectful to patients of all gender identities and sexual orientations.

Homer's Family Planning Center updated their forms to be inclusive of all gender identities. Part of being trauma-informed (and avoiding re-traumatizing patients) is being inclusive of and respectful to patients of all gender identities and sexual orientations.

Representatives from many of the trauma-informed learning collaborative teams gathered at the Homer City Council for lunch, updates, and a time to share about their organization’s progress.

Representatives from many of the trauma-informed learning collaborative teams gathered at the Homer City Council for lunch, updates, and a time to share about their organization’s progress.

The Southern Kenai Peninsula Resilience Coalition's leadership team met with us to give us updates on the communications plan and more. ARI Director Laura Norton-Cruz's baby, Rio, joined in for many of the meetings and tours.  

The Southern Kenai Peninsula Resilience Coalition's leadership team met with us to give us updates on the communications plan and more. ARI Director Laura Norton-Cruz's baby, Rio, joined in for many of the meetings and tours.

 

Alaska Resilience Initiative (ARI) Director Laura Norton-Cruz talks with MSW intern Claudia Maria-Mateo, ARI Steering Committee Co-Chair Lisa Wade, and Health Federation of Philadelphia project manager, Clare Reidy. on the deck of the Sutton health clinic, overlooking areas for future construction of wellness facilities.  

Alaska Resilience Initiative (ARI) Director Laura Norton-Cruz talks with MSW intern Claudia Maria-Mateo, ARI Steering Committee Co-Chair Lisa Wade, and Health Federation of Philadelphia project manager, Clare Reidy. on the deck of the Sutton health clinic, overlooking areas for future construction of wellness facilities.

 

Lisa Wade begins our tour of the Sutton health clinic. Lisa is the Education, Health, and Social Services Director for the Chickaloon Tribe, as well as an elected Tribal Council member and tribal court judge. She is also one of the Co-Chairs of the Alaska Resilience Initiative, and a steering committee member of Raising Our Children with Kindness (R.O.C.K.) Mat-Su.  

Lisa Wade begins our tour of the Sutton health clinic. Lisa is the Education, Health, and Social Services Director for the Chickaloon Tribe, as well as an elected Tribal Council member and tribal court judge. She is also one of the Co-Chairs of the Alaska Resilience Initiative, and a steering committee member of Raising Our Children with Kindness (R.O.C.K.) Mat-Su.

 

Lisa shows us the photo panel one sees next to the front desk of the Sutton clinic, welcoming community members and showing them that they are welcome here.  

Lisa shows us the photo panel one sees next to the front desk of the Sutton clinic, welcoming community members and showing them that they are welcome here.

 

Leslie Lieberman from the Health Federation of Philadelphia explains themes she is hearing in Alaska about trauma-informed work, and how it relates to organizations and networks across the country. Charlene Naulty (second to left) from the Aleut Community of St. Paul, Dawnyale Hale from Rural Cap, and Alaska Children's Trust intern Kate Farmer listen and share during a conversation in the child and family-friendly space of the Alaska Child Trauma Center.  

Leslie Lieberman from the Health Federation of Philadelphia explains themes she is hearing in Alaska about trauma-informed work, and how it relates to organizations and networks across the country. Charlene Naulty (second to left) from the Aleut Community of St. Paul, Dawnyale Hale from Rural Cap, and Alaska Children's Trust intern Kate Farmer listen and share during a conversation in the child and family-friendly space of the Alaska Child Trauma Center.

 

Clare Reidy, from the Health Federation of Philadelphia (second to left) listens, along with Sue Armstrong of Rural CAP's Headstart programs (left), Anne Dennis-Choi of AK Child and Family (second to right) and Josh Arvidson (right) of the Alaska Child Trauma Center, in a discussion about trauma and resilience and the role of the Alaska Resilience Initiative in supporting the existing efforts of organizations and tribes.  

Clare Reidy, from the Health Federation of Philadelphia (second to left) listens, along with Sue Armstrong of Rural CAP's Headstart programs (left), Anne Dennis-Choi of AK Child and Family (second to right) and Josh Arvidson (right) of the Alaska Child Trauma Center, in a discussion about trauma and resilience and the role of the Alaska Resilience Initiative in supporting the existing efforts of organizations and tribes.

 

In Anchorage, Northwood Elementary's principal, Deanna Beck, shares the story of how they began trauma-informed systems change in their school, beginning with staff wellness.  

In Anchorage, Northwood Elementary's principal, Deanna Beck, shares the story of how they began trauma-informed systems change in their school, beginning with staff wellness.

 

Marcus Wilson (left) and Pam Christianson (right), passionate advocates for children and trauma-responsive schools working at the Anchorage School District, listen to Northwood Elementary principal Deanna Beck, along with the Northwood school counselor (middle), who is an integral part of creating safe, empowering, trustworthy, and collaborative schools.  

Marcus Wilson (left) and Pam Christianson (right), passionate advocates for children and trauma-responsive schools working at the Anchorage School District, listen to Northwood Elementary principal Deanna Beck, along with the Northwood school counselor (middle), who is an integral part of creating safe, empowering, trustworthy, and collaborative schools.

 

Through staff training, collaborative planning (see posters in background) and implementation of practices such as morning greeters at the front door and these "We are glad you made it to school today" slips in place of tardy slips, Northwood has experienced some real shifts. In fact, according to the School Climate and Connectedness Survey, 79% of their 6th graders agreed with the statement "I can name at least 5 adults who really care about me," which is a 29% improvement from last year! This work really does make a difference.  

Through staff training, collaborative planning (see posters in background) and implementation of practices such as morning greeters at the front door and these "We are glad you made it to school today" slips in place of tardy slips, Northwood has experienced some real shifts. In fact, according to the School Climate and Connectedness Survey, 79% of their 6th graders agreed with the statement "I can name at least 5 adults who really care about me," which is a 29% improvement from last year! This work really does make a difference.
 

Marie Conover