UWP Launching Resilient PA: Growing and Flourishing Together

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are some of the most intense sources of stress that children can be exposed to, including child maltreatment, interparental violence, and parental substance use. Along with immediate health and educational effects, ACEs have been linked to higher risks of health-harming behaviors, including smoking, harmful alcohol consumption, and drug use. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates costs of ACEs are over $700 billion per year in the United States.

Our non-partisan Resilient PA Coalition strives to foster resilient Pennsylvania youth, families and communities through promoting trauma-informed care and systems across sectors as well as promoting efforts to reduce risk factors and increase protective factors for youth and families to break cycles of family and community trauma.

This coalition exists to raise awareness on the impact of trauma, childhood trauma (ACEs), trauma as experienced by different cultural, racial, and ethnic groups, and benefits of adopting trauma-informed and resiliency building practices and strategies to address critical social challenges at both the community and state level.

This coalition will act as a statewide platform to:

  • Connect local communities engaged in or interested in adopting a trauma-informed approach
  • Highlight and share local best practices in trauma-informed care, systems and communities
  • Provide standardized language and tips on how to engage business leaders and elected officials as champions for trauma-informed care
  • Act as a unifying and magnifying vehicle for local communities and trauma-informed care champions to advocate for trauma-informed and resiliency building polices, practices and funding
  • Act as a key communication link with HEAL PA and grassroots level champions and advocates across the state.

This coalition will be non-partisan and have representatives from both public and private sector and will be driven by the community, creating a sustainable platform and vehicle to promote trauma-informed care and systems that is not tied to a particular elected official or political party.

The official launch of the coalition will occur on March 16th, but you can sign up to receive updates now!

If you want to start spreading the world, please feel free to put this language in your Newsletters:


Translate ยป