Resilient Wisconsin: Current Initiatives

Our current initiatives

People sitting as part of a group therapy sessionTo help people in our state who are disproportionately affected by trauma and its risk factors—in everyday life and during large-scale events, like the COVID-19 pandemic—Resilient Wisconsin and partners throughout Wisconsin work together, across interconnected priority areas, communities, and state and local agencies and departments.

We’re breaking down the silos that have historically divided public health organizations because we believe collaboration is the key to measurably improving health equity. Social problems like poverty, racism, and violence contribute to toxic stress and, like adverse childhood experiences, are connected and often pass from one generation to the next. When organizations collaborate to identify and prevent the extreme stressors that perpetuate adversity, they can effectively address multiple, interconnected negative health outcomes at once—and help our neighbors thrive.

Helping the helpers

Serving others is a calling but it can take a toll. Police officers, firefighters, dispatchers, emergency health care providers, and other first responders working on the front lines must learn to navigate the traumatic events and emotions experienced by others, as well as their own. Learn to recognize and manage secondary trauma, or experiencing similar symptoms to those impacted by trauma, in yourself and those around you.


Hope in Action

Hope in Action: An Environmental Scan of Trauma-Informed Efforts to Prevent and Address Substance Harm in Wisconsin reviewed more than 70 community programs working at the intersections of trauma and substance harm. By identifying what’s working well, what to avoid, and opportunities to maximize impacts, this report is a helpful tool for organizations seeking best practices, tools, and techniques for addressing the root causes of harmful substance use.

This 2020 report includes:

  • A message from Governor Tony Evers.
  • An overview of harmful substance use in Wisconsin.
  • Effective principles, promising practices, common barriers, and key considerations for guiding trauma-informed efforts.
  • Program profiles.
  • Additional resources, including toolkits and training opportunities.

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Last Revised: August 16, 2021