I was about to post information about the last meeting of the Thriving Communities Collaborative (TCC) when I realized that I hadn’t taken the time to introduce the collaborative to the Maryland ACES Group. We are a coalition of advocates, practitioners, community members and leaders dedicated to leveraging the power of ACES screening and trauma informed practices to help build a more empowered Baltimore.
The group began meeting back in December, 2015, and of course, since that time a lot has happened – most notably, the Baltimore Uprising.
It was in the wake of that uprising that we sought to dig deeper into healing practices for communities and some of the strategies and tactics that the City of Baltimore and the Black Mental Health Alliance had begun implementing to help bring about that healing. We delved into healing circles, emotional emancipation circles, and community outreach. Jan Desper Peters of the Black Mental Health Alliance reviewed their Call-to-Action Series: #BlackLivesMatter - Baltimore Rising: Summoning the Village. Lynn Mumma of Behavioral Health Systems Baltimore reviewed the City's initiatives in becoming more trauma informed, and Ivan Juzang walked the group through his webinar on Community Engagement. We’ve posted much of what was discussed on the TCC blog, Focusing on Healing and Community Outreach. We hope you'll check it out and, if you can, join us in our next planning session on October 7th. We've posted the event here on the AcesConnection.org event calendar.