NEAR Communities

NEAR Communities Programs


FamilyWise partners with communities to create environments where all children and families can thrive. Through our NEAR Communities Programs, FamilyWise facilitates “Understanding NEAR: Building Self-Healing Communities” presentations in communities statewide. Our staff also train individuals as certified presenters of the ACE Interface curriculum. Learn more about our NEAR Communities efforts below.

NEAR Science Presentations

Learn more about the “Understanding NEAR: Building Self-Healing Communities” presentation, including how to be trained or how to request a presentation for your workplace or community.

Community Partners in Prevention

Through initiatives like More Resilient Minnesota and Tribal NEAR Communities, FamilyWise is partnering with communities to build community understanding of NEAR sciences so communities can take action to address trauma and promote healing.


Presenter Portal

For members of the our Presenter Network to find all of the resources needed to facilitate Understanding NEAR: Building Self-Healing Communities presentations.

Questions? Contact a member of our Prevention Services Team.

Emily Clary

Senior Director of Prevention Initiatives


Jenna Schmidt

Director of Prevention Initiatives – Northern Region


Barb Sorum

Director of Prevention Initiatives - Southern Region


Lisa Deputie

Director of Prevention Initiatives - Twin Cities Metro


Susie Voss

Training Manager


Deanna Drift

Director of Tribal Projects