Trauma Informed Care

What is the Eastern Iowa - Western Illinois Trauma Informed Care Consortium?

Family Resources and the Child Abuse Council are bringing together a group of concerned community partners to prevent, reduce and address the effects of childhood trauma in Scott and Rock Island County.


The Eastern Iowa - Western Illinois Trauma Informed Care Consortium provides a comprehensive trauma-informed community for individuals, children and families through outreach, education, training and support.

Consortium Vision: A Community of Healthy Families

Communities, families, business, health care, education - we all win when children develop healthy physical & emotional resilience. Together in partnership, the Eastern Iowa - Western Illinois Trauma Informed Care Consortium will provide this vision for our Scott and Rock Island Counties.

Who Makes Up the Consortium?

Interested community partners who come together and who represent a broad spectrum of organizations including social services, civic leaders, health care practitioners, schools, philanthropic funders and trauma survivors.

How Can I Get Involved with the Consortium?

Anyone can join the Consortium. The Consortium will meet monthly and interested community members are invited to participate in the following ways:

  • Attend meetings to find out what's happening
  • Receive the meeting minutes and Consortium news via e-mail
  • Join a project team you're interested in
  • Visit the Family Resource TIC page to stay connected

2015 Strategic Direction

Community Education

Family Empowerment

Community Competency

Marketing and Messaging

Mechanisms for Change

Train the Trainer

Audience Specific Events

Build Learning Communities

Alternative Learning Opportunities

Promotion of TIC to Higher Ed

Youth and Family Voice

Youth and Family Choice

Youth and Family Education

Youth and Family Support

Youth and Family Resiliency Building

Organizational Competency

Business Competency

Funder Competency

Collaborative Competency

Creating a Common Language

Resources for Help

Bi-Monthly Meetings

Project Based Work

Data and Research


Consortium Initiative Teams
The 2014 Consortium Initiative Teams will move forward and coalesce their work into the
focus areas of the 2015 strategic plan.
Click here for a description of each Initiative Team.

Learn about how you can change the moment-and the future!

A special "thank you" to Mike Mickle, Family Focus Magazine and Mickle Communications for donating resources to complete the video. Thank you to Connection Matter for your support.

Volunteer professionals from the 2015 Integrity Integrated Leadership class helped create a short video that depicts childhood trauma and how everyone in the community can help reduce childhood stress through caring. A special "thank you"€ to Mike Mickle, Family Focus Magazine and Mickle Communications, for donating resources to complete the video.

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How do I get help?

Stay Up To Date

Learn More About TIC

Community Education Information

On-Line Training


Sign up to volunteer at Family Resources for a special Consortium and Trauma Informed Care project.

More Information

Email Angie Kendall or Mary Macumber Schmidt

Consortium Minutes

Consortium Community Dashboard

Quad City Family Focus Magazine put together this story that ran on WQAD. Watch to find out more about the work being done.

An Interview with Robert Anda, MD, MS

Dr. Robert (Rob) Anda graduated from Rush Medical College in 1979 and received his board certification in internal medicine in 1982. In 1984 he completed a fellowship in preventive medicine at the University of Wisconsin, received a Masters Degree in epidemiology, and was accepted into the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. He conducted research in disease surveillance, behavioral health, mental health and disease, cardiovascular disease, psychosocial origins of health-risk behaviors, and childhood determinants of health.

In the early 1990's, Rob began a collaboration with Dr. Vincent Felitti at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego to investigate child abuse as an underlying cause of medical, social, and public health problems. This effort lead to a large-scale study funded by the CDC to track the effects of childhood trauma on health throughout the lifespan. They called it the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE Study). Rob played a principal role in the design of the study, and serves as its co-principal investigator and co-founder. Read more about Dr. Anda on his website.

Click on the graphics below to watch parts of an interview between Family Resources and Dr. Anda.

Interview with Robert D. Macy, Ph.D.

Dr. Robert Macy is a pioneer in the field of Traumatic Incident Stress Interventions, public health-mental health psychosocial intervention and research, and violence prevention initiatives for children, youth, their families and communities exposed to traumatic events including large-scale disasters, terrorist events, and more.

He is Co-Director of the Division of Disaster Resilience at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Macy is also a Harvard Medical School Instructor, a Research Fellow in Psychology in the Developmental Psychology and Psychopathology Program at McLean's Hospital, and an Adjunct Faculty in Counseling Psychology Graduate School Programs at Lesley University.

Family Resources has worked closely with Dr. Macy in developing our efforts in bringing awareness of Trauma Informed Care to the Quad Cities area. The photo at left shows Dr. Macy in a training session for our staff in 2012. We are working with stakeholders throughout our community who come into contact daily with trauma victims -- education, healthcare, social workers, the courts, business, government, and more -- to address what may be the biggest public health and economic problem facing our communities and our nation.

If you are not sure why Trauma Informed Care should be one of our most pressing concerns, listen to these short interview clips from Dr. Robert Macy.

Click on the graphics below to watch parts of an interview between Family Resources and Dr. Robert Macy:

Interview with Frank Grijalva

Frank Grijalva, MSPH

Family Resources has worked closely with Frank Grijalva as we have developed our Trauma Informed Care program here in the Quad Cities. Frank is co-director of the Midwest Trauma Services Network. He is involved in consultation and education for more than a dozen agencies in Iowa and Nebraska as well as several agencies nationally and internationally. Frank Grijalva has a BS in psychology with an emphasis on disaster mental health and a Master's of Science degree in Public Health with a focus on child mental health. He is a clinical programming consultant, a senior consultant and senior trainer for the International Trauma Center, an operational partner with the Harvard school of Disaster Medicine. In that role, he has trained emergency response teams to stabilize child populations in the aftermath of traumatic events. Frank managed safety and logistics for clinicians and federal employees working at ground zero in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. He has spent the last several years introducing and training selected trauma informed evidence based practices, as well as designing innovations specific to at-risk kids in Iowa, Florida, Illinois, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Alaska.

Frank Grijalva freely describes his childhood as "difficult," giving him a unique insight into children, teens, and adults whose Adverse Childhood Experiences have not been diagnosed or treated. He recently sat down for a video interview with Family Resources. See segments of that interview below.

Click on the graphics below to watch short segments of the interview between Family Resources and Frank Grijalva:

Laura Porter

Laura Porter serves as the Director of ACE Partnerships for Washington State's largest agency: the Department of Social and Health Services. She works with state managers and community leaders to embed ACE Study and related neuroscience and resilience findings into policy, practice and community norms. Outside of Washington, Ms. Porter works with Dr. Robert Anda through their new organization: ACE Interface, which develops and disseminates educational products and empowerment strategies focused for transformational improvements in health.

For 17 years, Laura was Staff Director for the Washington State Family Policy Council. She worked with an extensive set of partners from seven state agencies, 53 community groups and thousands of residents to develop a unique model for improving the capacity of communities to improve child, family, and community life. Communities using the model have documented reductions in the rates of seven major social problems and adverse childhood experience prevalence among young adults.

Click on the graphics below to watch segments of a video interview between Laura Porter and Family Resources:

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What is your Ace Score?


Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, are serious traumas that occur during childhood. What we know from research is that children, who face traumas such as abuse, neglect, or witnessing domestic violence, are much more likely to develop social, emotional and behavioral challenges. Research also tells us that traumas often follow children well into their adult lives. Adults who have experienced childhood trauma are more likely to develop difficulties with substance abuse, mental health, divorce, holding down a job, parenting, domestic violence and incarceration. Childhood trauma survivors also develop serious health issues such as: heart disease, chronic lung diseases, diabetes, obesity, and cancer.

Childhood Trauma can include:

  • Loss of a parent to divorce, abandonment or death
  • Household substance abuse
  • Caregiver treated violently
  • Household mental illness
  • Emotional neglect
  • Incarceration of a parent or caregiver
  • Physical neglect
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Physical abuse

Trauma can also include many other circumstances such as witnessing an accident or crime, bullying, being homeless, discrimination, natural disasters and war... Trauma is experienced individually and we there are many things individuals, friends and families can do to help.

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Experiencing ACEs is not uncommon. In fact, 55% of adults report experiencing at least 1 ACE, and 1 in 5 adults report experiencing 4 or more. Experiencing an ACE doesn'€™t define us or predict our future, but it does provide us with new insight and understanding into some of the causes of child and adult social, emotional and health related issues. With new understanding; comes a new opportunity for healing and growth.

By changing the question from "What's wrong with you?"€ to "What'€™s happened to you?" we begin to understand our challenges, and find new ways to improve our lives and our children'€™s lives.

There are many are many resources available to learn more about ACEs:

  • Talk to a Counselor if you have experienced an ACE: Trauma Informed Care Consortium or SafePath Survivor Resources
  • Talk to a Counselor if your child has experienced an ACE: Trauma Informed Care Consortium or SafePath Survivor Resources or Child Abuse Council
  • Learn about Family Developmental Resiliency tips and skills: Parent Further
  • Learn how I can help and what my community is doing to prevent ACEs: Trauma Informed Care Consortium


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