Workgroups allow us to put our heads together to articulate and work toward the vision of what we need for our state. For example:
- Which policies or budget decisions would support our goals?
- What kinds of communication tools would be most effective in our communities?
- How can we facilitate coordinated changes in systems such as schools or hospitals across Alaska?
These are questions we answer best by coming together.
We have three workgroups, which meet monthly and include:
This group focuses on public communications, including efforts to educate the general public about child maltreatment, intergenerational and systemic trauma, and building strong, healthy families, communities, and systems. This group also addresses targeted communications, such as professional trainings and the training of trainers.
Trauma-informed system change
This group is dedicated to researching and disseminating best practices and supporting trauma-informed policies and practices in many settings. It works to provide opportunities for shared learning and planned change. The group works toward creating policies, practices, language and physical environments that draw from the scientific and traditional understandings of trauma, healing, resilience and culture in order to create safe, equitable, trustworthy and thriving organizations and communities. This work extends to all sectors, from health care to business to education to tribal government.
This group works on both legislative and administrative policy changes that support the common goals of the initiative. Tasks might include identifying potential policy needs and solutions, analyzing policies to determine whether or not they advance a trauma-informed perspective for the well-being of children and families, providing technical assistance to policymakers and their staff on trauma-informed policy analysis, crafting tools for advocacy such as talking points or call scripts, crafting ideal policies, and determining how to evaluate the effectiveness of a policy.