Join Us for the 7th Annual Growing Resilient Communities Gathering!

You are invited to register now for the upcoming 7th Annual Growing Resilient Communities Gathering of Collaboratives and Tribal Nations Addressing ACEs that will be held virtually on Tuesday, June 18th, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Register here!

This event supports tribal community members and partners and Children’s Mental Health and Family Services Collaboratives as they work to reduce ACEs, strengthen core protective systems, and create Self-Healing Communities across Minnesota.

This year, we plan to celebrate, highlight, and elevate the stories of changemakers across Minnesota. Changemakers are individuals, groups, programs, initiatives, or coalitions leading efforts to address problems affecting the health and well-being of their community members. By focusing on changemakers this year, we hope that the speakers will inspire new ideas or actions that conference participants can bring back to their local efforts.

All are welcome! Anyone who wants to address the root causes of childhood adversity is encouraged to attend. This can include Collaborative Coordinators and partners, Native/Indigenous Community members and partners, active Minnesota ACE Interface Trainers/Presenters, and other community partners, caregivers, and providers.

Event Agenda: June 18th from 9:00 a.m. 2:30 p.m.

9:00–9:30 a.m. Welcome

9:45 –10:45 a.m. 1st Breakout Session

  • Connecting Indigenous Cultural Practices to Community: Hear from a panel of leaders in a variety of fields on how they connect to their culture and community in their everyday work. Speakers include: Ashlee Jallen and Sarah Anderson from the Native American Community Clinic, Kortni Bidinger from Lower Sioux Indian Community, and Jaylen Strong from the Bois Forte Heritage Center & Cultural Museum.
  • Expanded Leadership: Learn how young people in St. Louis Park evaluated measures of youth wellbeing in their community and used this data to inform systems change. Speakers include: Members of the Youth for Change Coalition
  • Results-Oriented Decision-Making: Knowing that lack of time and capacity often get in the way of collecting valuable data, Wilder Research will share ideas for simple, more accessible data collection that can inform community planning.

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 2nd Breakout Session

  • Coming Together Around Issues that Matter: Coalitions and efforts across the state are addressing major public health issues. Learn how each initiative has acted on the idea that we are stronger when we work together. Speakers include: 80×3 Early Childhood Education Initiative and Lung Mind Alliance
  • Community Voices: Hear about exciting local efforts that highlight stories of community members as a way to build connections and understanding about what helps them heal. Speakers include: Bold Yet Seldom Told (stories from Crow Wing County) and more!
  • Data-Driven: Hear from data leaders in the state about the plan for the upcoming Minnesota Student Survey and how this data can help support community health.
  • Parents as Leaders: Parents from around the state are taking the lead on strengthening their communities and changing systems. Join this session to hear from several of these parent leaders. Speakers include: parents from Circle of Parents, Family Light, and Parent Leadership Cohort

1:00 –2:30 p.m. Keynote Speakers and Closing

  • EARTH: Empowering All Relatives to Heal. Learn how citizens of the White Earth Nation have adapted evidence-based trauma training to be culturally specific through a long-standing partnership with the Center for Mind-Body Medicine. Keynote speakers will explain the basic science of stress and trauma, and share mind-body tools for enhanced awareness and self-expression.

We hope you will join us!