Join us for a Better Normal on Tuesday, Sept. 15, to talk with Melissa McGinn and Lisa Wright and hear how the ACEs initiative in Richmond, VA, grew from eight people and a one-year plan to hundreds of people, several working committees, and a commitment to integrating policies and practices based on ACEs science that has no end in sight.
In the fall of 2012, Jeanine Harper, McGinn, and Wright were hearing more and more about adverse childhood experiences and trauma-informed practices. Feeling inspired, their organization, Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) and five other community partners hatched a one-year plan to educate the Richmond, Virginia, community about ACEs science and to embed trauma-informed practices.
Eight years later, the original group has evolved into the Greater Richmond Trauma-Informed Community Network (GRTICN) with 495 people and 170 organizations. They have a solid foothold in infusing ACEs science throughout the Greater Richmond community. Inspired by their work and facilitated by their knowledge, there are now Trauma Informed Community Networks in 26 cities and towns across Virginia. The statewide coalition is called the Virginia Trauma Informed Community Networks. (McGinn is SCAN's community programs coordinator and coordinates the state's trauma informed community network; Wright is the GRTICN coordinator, in additional to her work as a therapist at SCAN; Harper is SCAN’s executive director.) And, despite the advent of COVID-19 into every community across the state, GRTICN and the other communities in the network hosted the state’s first Resilience Week May 3-9, 2020, with virtual events all across the state.
Members of GRTICN's Road to Resilience project: (Left to right) Cpt. Don Davenport, Elaine Minor, Lisa Wright, Sgt. Adrienne Gardner, Sgt. Frank Scarpa & Lt. Anthony Jackson
Although it’s a foothold, that progress still significant because now a notable portion of the community says it will never stop integrating ACEs science. But the more they do, the more they realize there’s still a long way to go.
Join us for a Better Normal with Melissa McGinn and Lisa Wright at noon Pacific/ 3 pm Eastern, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, for a one-hour fascinating discussion about their ups and downs, about how the COVID-19 pandemic changed how GRTICN's work and supercharged their commitment, and how they're moving into the future.
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