Community Learning Circle
Join us for the next Central Iowa ACEs 360 Community Learning Circle! Community learning circles are held 2-3 times each year to give professionals and community members an opportunity to network and stay on the cutting edge of the ACEs movement.
Beyond ACEs: Infusing Brain Science into Advocacy
Friday, September 8
Blank Children's Hospital Education Center: Kelley Conference Room
No cost to attend, but registration is required.
Jennifer A. Jones, MSW
Director of Child and Family Systems Innovation
Alliance for Strong Families and Communities
John Everett Till
Senior Vice President of Strategy and Innovation
The Family Partnership
As advances in brain research, trauma and adverse childhood experiences continue to progress, individuals and organizations are often challenged to translate the science into meaningful community advocacy and public policy. Join us as we learn from our speakers about successful efforts to infuse brain science into advocacy through the Change in Mind Initiative.
Jennifer Jones leads the Change in Mind Initiative, a partnership between the Alliance, the Palix Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to infuse, align, and accelerate brain science research into nonprofit agency practice, policy and systems. John Till will discuss The Family Partnership's work in Minnesota related to the Change in Mind Initiative from a direct organization level.
About the Speakers:
Jennifer Jones, MSW
In her role, Ms. Jones is leading the Alliance’s efforts to bring to scale what works in promoting the health and wellbeing of children and families through programs, services, and systems innovation with an emphasis on decreasing the number of people living in poverty, increasing the number of people living safe and healthy lives, and putting more people on the pathway for education and employment success. A key responsibility of the position is directing the Change in Mind Initiative, a partnership between the Alliance, the Palix Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to infuse, align, and accelerate brain science research into nonprofit agency practice, policy and systems. Prior to her position with the Alliance, Ms. Jones served as the Associate Director of the Wisconsin Children’s Trust Fund (CTF), the state’s leading child abuse prevention agency. Ms. Jones led the agency’s efforts on Adverse Childhood Experiences, which including advancing the strategic recommendations made in the publications “Adverse Childhood Experiences in Wisconsin: Findings from the 2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Survey,” and “Wisconsin ACE Brief: 2011 and 2012 Data.
John Everett Till
John leads The Family Partnership’s efforts to combine brain science with a two-generation organizational approach that addresses early adversity and trauma, and promotes prosperity in families across generations. John connects The Family Partnership’s efforts in this area with the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities’ international brain science initiative, Change in Mind, as well as with the Ascend Network, which brings together partners of Aspen Institute to implement a two generation approach to end intergenerational poverty. John has an M.S. in Biological Sciences and in his early career specialized in the neuroscience of sensory and cognitive development in children. A former AIDS activist and teacher, John has the ability to translate scientific findings into common sense “plain English” ideas that people can understand and act upon.
Friday, September 8
Blank Children's Hospital
Education Center, Kelley Conference Room
(Detailed parking information and directions will be sent to registrants in advance)
Cost: Free, sponsored by Central Iowa ACEs 360 Coalition