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Trauma and Resiliency Informed Systems Change in Los Angeles County


First 5 LA and its partners are calling for a commitment within organizations and systems to help individuals, families and communities heal from trauma, strengthen their resiliency, and become trauma and resiliency informed. This work began in 2016 with a kick-off event to hear about promising practices underway in other counties and progressed to a workgroup of foundations, community-based organizations and Los Angeles County Departments that convened for nearly a year to provide recommendations on priorities and approaches that resulted in a July 2017 report on Emerging Lessons and Potential Strategies from the Los Angeles County Trauma and Resiliency-Informed Systems Change Initiative. This was the first effort to intentionally cultivate a vision of a trauma and resiliency informed Los Angeles County. For this work, First 5 LA has partnered with other funders and engaged the Center for Collective Wisdom (C4CW) to facilitate the countywide effort. 

More recently, Year 2 of this work is highlighted in Lessons and Potential Next Steps for the Los Angeles County Trauma and Resiliency-Informed Systems Change Initiative. This report highlights lessons learned in doing systems change work and proposes the following four core competencies systems should develop to undergo this systems change:

  • Results – Senior leaders, staff, and stakeholders commit to hold themselves accountable for achieving results for people served by the system.
  • Systems Thinking –  An orientation to systems thinking enables leaders, staff and stakeholders to navigate complexity and interconnectedness by thinking and acting developmentally.
  • Community – Capacity to support and enliven communities in ways that contribute to both improved results for the people served by the system, and improved wellbeing among staff and stakeholders.
  • Leadership –  Capacity to enable effective action among a group of people.


To learn more about the efforts of First 5 LA to improve the capacity within organizations and systems to help children prenatal to age 5, families and communities both heal from trauma and strengthen their resiliency to become trauma and resiliency informed, visit our website at:


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