The Health Federation of Philadelphia (HFP), with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is pleased to announce the release of a new interactive tool, The Community Resilience Cookbook.  The Cookbook is a companion to the proceedings of the first National Collaborative on Adversity and Resilience 

On June 30, 2014 the Health Federation of Philadelphia and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) released the proceedings from the first meeting of the National Collaborative on Adversity  and Resilience (NCAR).

The Philadelphia ACEs Connection Virtual Community hosted its first "Meetup" an informal gathering of more than 30 Philadelphians who are working to prevent adverse childhood experiences, promote resiliency and create a city that is truly trauma informed. The featured guest, James Encinas,  completed a cross-country bicycle trek to explore what brings resiliency for those who have experienced ACEs and trauma. James is a teacher by trade and is also looking to create an organization that will provide services through a trauma-informed lens to young men of color specifically, Latino/ African American males that are being tracked into the school to prison pipeline. Read more about Jame's bicycle journey  here on, a national virtual community of practice that uses trauma-informed, resilience-building practices to prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences & further trauma.



Multiplying Connections is pleased to announce the launch of our new e-store! Consistent with our mission, the store offers a number of useful, attractive and user -friendly tools and resources designed to help parents, caregivers, providers and other professionals who work with children and families who have experienced trauma and adversity.  In making these tools available, Multiplying Connections aims to encourage healthy social, emotional and intellectual development in children and youth. To see what exciting tools are for sale please click here.  

On February 18th, 2014 members of the Philadelphia ACEs Project launched the Philadelphia ACEs Connection webpage, a virtual community whose purpose is to explore issues related to adversity, trauma and resilience in the Philadelphia region. Members of the community are advocates, concerned citizens and professionals

In February, 2014, the Health Federation of Philadelphia, parent organization to Multiplying Connections, became the new home for the Philadelphia ACES Project.  Established in April 2012, by the Institute for Safe Families (ISF), the Philadelphia ACES Project works to  develop policies, practices, and research within pediatric settings that mitigate conditions arising from toxic stressors and ACEs (adverse childhood experiences) and that increase the health and wellbeing of children and their families.  

Partnering with Parents:  Apps for Raising Happy, Healthy Children is the newest resource in the Amazing Brain series created by the Institute for Safe Families with support from Multiplying Connections.  The Apps brochure

Natalie Levkovich, CEO of the Health Federation of Philadelphia and one of the founding members of the Multiplying Connections Steering Committee has written a new blog  about the importance of self-care for professionals working with clients who experience trauma and adversity. Levkovich poses the question:  "How good are we at taking care of ourselves?"  She laments that "regrettably, in many if not most settings, little attention is paid or time set aside for clinical or reflective supervision." Levkovich goes on

The Behavioral Health Training and Education Network (BHTEN) and Multiplying Connections have teamed up with the  Bryn Mawr College Graduate  School of Social Welfare and Social Research (GSSWSR) Center for Professional Development in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania to offer a new trauma certificate program:  Facets of Trauma Informed Practice.  The  Certificate Program comprises six courses designed to offer professionals a foundational understanding of trauma theory and principles, tools and strategies that enable trauma-informed practice in service and treatment  settings. The impact of trauma on direct service staff and the necessity for a support system for those individuals will also be addressed.  The complete Certificate program begins on October 26, 2012 and includes:

Leslie Lieberman, MSW, Director of Multiplying Connections, mixes things up with  Randall Reitz, PhD,  Director of Behavioral Science at the St Mary's Family Medicine Residency in Colorado.  In a "Point Counter Point" blog for the Collaborative Family Health Care Association Reitz and Lieberman discuss the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study.  Dr. Reitz, finds the ACE data compelling but is not sure it has a place in primary care.  Ms. Lieberman responds that the ACE data are a call for action to provide trauma informed services in primary care as well as elsewhere.

The Multiplying Connections Initiative is under the auspices of the Health Federation of Philadelphia (HFP), a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve access to an quality of health care services for underserved and vulnerable individuals and families.  HFP has increasingly worked to become a trauma informed organization.  This year, the organization's new Human Resources Guidelines Manual includes a statement reflecting a deep commitment to trauma informed care:

In his Sunday, February 29th post, blogger Jonathan Purtle wrties about the economic and social costs of child maltreatment  He poses and answers the question "why would mistreated kids grow up to earn less money and be more involved with the criminal justice system than their counterparts? "It’s matter of science.  Purtle goes on to cite Multiplying Connections approach to building a trauma informed system of care for children as one solution.  Read the full blog here.

The Health Federation of Philadelphia, founding member and parent organization of Multiplying Connections, is a winner of the 5th Annual Peoples' Choice Best Nonprofit to Work For Awards presented by Opportunity Knocks.  The employee essay nominating HFP reflects the organization's commitment to being trauma informed.

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Can Going Green Reduce Violence and Trauma? This is the question that will be addressed in an upcoming webinar from the Department of Health and Human Services Offices of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.  This 30 minute webinar will be broadcast on February 22, 2012, at 12 p.m. EST and will showcase the Philadelphia LandCare Program, which is addressing injury and violence in its community using a determinants of health approach. This program's greening efforts have been associated with significant reductions in crime in the Philadelphia area.  Click here for more information and to register for this webinar

In 1998 the first findings from the landmark Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) study were published.  The ACES looked retrospectively at a population of more than 17,000 adults and was able to demonstrate a clear link between exposure to violence and adversity in childhood and poor physical and mental health outcomes in adulthood.  In 2012, 14 years later, these findings are finally getting the attention they deserve in public health and elsewhere. Last week, for example, The Wisconsin Children's Trust Fund and Children’s Hospital released “Adverse Childhood Experiences in Wisconsin:  Findings from the 2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Survey”.  In December 2011 the American Academy of Pediatrics produced a bold policy statement titled Early Childhood Adversity, Toxic Stress, and the Role of the Pediatrician: Translating Developmental Science into Lifelong Health  which recognizes the importance of the ACEs and  related recent neuroscientific research that document the negative impact of childhood adversity and toxic stress on development. In March 2011 the New Yorker magazine featured Paul Tough's "The Poverty Clinic"  a portrayal of pediatrician Nadine Burke who transformed her practice in a poor neighborhood in San Francisco after learning about the ACEs.  Is this the tipping point?  Robert Anda, MD, co-investigator of the ACEs study thinks we are almost there."There is beginning to be a critical mass of people who ‘get it,’ who understand that if you want to have healthy people you need to have healthy human development."

On June 17, 2011 Arthur Evans, Phd, Commissioner of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbilities in Philadelphia, addressed a multi-disciplinary audience of children and family services providers and stressed the importance of reflective supervision as a critical component of a trauma informed service system.

Sandra Bloom and Brian Farragher have co-authored Destroying Sanctuary: The Crisis in Human Services a powerful account of how organizational trauma in human services systems both mirrors and magnifies the trauma-related problems their clients seek relief from and then provides a framework for creating truly trauma-informed services.

Dr. Dan Gottlieb, host of Voices in the Family, which airs weekly on Philadelphia NPR station WHYY, discusses the landmark Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES).  Guests include Vincent Felitti, MD, an internist at Kaiser Permanente and co-lead investigator of the ACE study,  Steven Berkowitz an associate professor of clinical psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the Penn Center for Youth and Family Trauma Response and Recovery and Sandra Bloom  a psychiatrist and nationally recognized expert on trauma.  She is with the School of Public Health at Drexel University and founder of the Sanctuary Model. Click here to listen to the program

Philadelphia pediatrician, Dan Taylor's full page article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, poignantly discusses the impact of continuous stress and trauma on the children that he sees everyday in his practice at Saint Christopher's Hospital.  Dr. Taylor references the Adverse Childhood Experiences studies and more recent research which clearly links childhood and adult poor physical and mental health with early childhood exposure to violence and other stressful events.  Click here to read Dr. Taylor's article.

MC partner, The Institute for Safe Families, (ISF) incorporated the Stages of Change model into trainings on family violence prevention for over ten years. It is a useful theory about what we all go through when we decide we want to change a certain behavior.


The Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) has published a new guide to behavioral health services for children enrolled in medical assistance and CHIP in Philadelphia.  Titled "Where to Go for Help" the guide includes information on more than 50 behavioral health providers providing services in Philadelphia . &nbsp

Two authors, Family Practice Physician, Anje Van Berckeler and Early Childhood Educator and Trainer, Monica Sullivan each write about reflective practice and its links to trauma-informed care.  Click here to read Anje's paper "Using Reflective Practice to Support Trauma Infomred Services for Children.  Click here to read Monica's p

The City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health/Mental Retardation Services (DBH/MRS) is developing and implementing a strategic plan that will usher the entire system towards being trauma-informed.  To accomplish this goal, the Department has convened The Trauma Advisory Group (TTAG) which is comprised of profe