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  • First Lady Tonette Walker Promotes the Importance of Trauma-Informed Care at Congressman Mike Gallagher’s “Youth Voices: A Trauma-Informed Perspective” Panel

    GREEN BAY – First Lady Tonette Walker today participated in Congressman Mike Gallagher’s (WI-8) panel “Youth Voices: A Trauma-Informed Perspective” to discuss the critical role Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have in influencing a child’s behavior and life. The panel focused on how to expand the reach of Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) to more areas, especially foster care.

    “Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress are a root cause or exacerbating factor of many of our biggest public health issues,” said Mrs. Walker. “This is certainly the case for children in foster care and our state’s need for supportive and skilled foster parents is growing. I hope that people who generously step up to become foster parents are willing to learn about the impact of ACEs and gain the TIC skills that will improve outcomes for these kids.”

    Tue, 07/31/2018

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  • First Lady Tonette Walker Emphasizes the Importance of Trauma-Informed Care in School Safety

    MADISON – First Lady Tonette Walker today welcomed U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar to Wisconsin for the Federal Commission on School Safety’s visit to Adams-Friendship School District. The focus of the event, “Transforming School Climate and Culture to Meet the Behavioral Health Needs of Students” incorporates Trauma-Informed Care (TIC).

     “Some students fall under the radar by being quiet and keeping to themselves—but, by building strong relationships with every student, we can be more proactive and recognize distress before it escalates,” said Mrs. Walker a long-time advocate of TIC. “The importance of emotional and psychological safety is a critical component to keeping our schools safe. This goes above and beyond physical safety and allows us to look deeper on how to help all of our students.”

    Tue, 07/24/2018

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  • First Lady Tonette Walker Addresses the Impact of Childhood Trauma at Washington D.C. Forum

    WASHINGTON – First Lady Tonette Walker today spoke at the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy Forum about how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can impact a child’s well-being throughout their lives and how schools can support these children by practicing Trauma-Informed Care (TIC). The forum is entitled: Addressing Trauma in School-Aged Children and it brings together experts, policymakers, academics, and organizational leaders.

    “We need to help children who have experienced toxic stress in their lives overcome their past by building resiliency and increasing their social support network,” said Mrs. Walker. “By coming together to discuss the importance of Trauma-Informed Care, we are moving in the right direction to make Wisconsin and our entire country trauma-informed.”

    Wed, 07/11/2018

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  • First Lady Tonette Walker Visits Camp Reunite

    MADISON – First Lady Tonette Walker with Elizabeth Hudson, Director of the Office of Children’s Mental Health, visited Camp Reunite today to see Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) in action. The camp brings children who have incarcerated mothers together for a trauma-informed summer camp where mothers and children reunite for the afternoon. “Reunite” in the camp’s title, references that not only will the kids experience an enriched sleep-away camp, but will also have one day when the children are “reunited” with their mothers for a shared positive experience. 

    Wed, 06/27/2018

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  • First Lady Tonette Walker Welcomes Visitors to the Executive Residence for Summer Tours

    MADISON – First Lady Tonette Walker announced summer tours of the Executive Residence are open to the public and will be held every Thursday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. The last day of tours will be August 30th. 

    WHEN:     Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.                          

    WHERE:  Wisconsin Executive Residence
                       99 Cambridge Road
                       Madison, WI 53704

    NOTE: Parking is available outside of the gate. Guest do not need to register unless they are planning to come with a group larger than 20. Larger groups should make a reservation by calling: 608-246-5501.

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    Wed, 05/23/2018

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  • First Lady Tonette Walker Thanks U.S. Senate for Recognizing the Importance of Trauma-Informed Care

    MADISON – First Lady Tonette Walker released the following statement thanking Senator Ron Johnson (WI) and Senator Heidi Heitkamp (ND) for their leadership in passing Senate Resolution 346 which recognizes the importance, effectiveness, and need for TIC among federal programs and agencies, and declares the Month of May as National Trauma-Informed Care Month and May 22nd as National Trauma-Informed Care Day.

    Wed, 05/23/2018

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  • First Lady Tonette Walker Discusses Wisconsin’s Leading Role on Trauma-Informed Care at “Behind the Headlines”

    MILWAUKEE – First Lady Tonette Walker joined community leaders and media for “Behind the Headlines” at the Milwaukee Press Club today to discuss Wisconsin’s leading role in Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) and her efforts bringing TIC to the national and global stage.

    “Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are driving some of our most serious public health issues,” said First Lady Walker. “Through Trauma-Informed Care we can prevent and heal early adversity. Working together we have the power to change health outcomes for Wisconsinites.”

    Wed, 05/23/2018

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  • First Lady Tonette Walker Congratulates Congressmen Gallagher (WI), Davis (IL) for Creating Trauma-Informed Care Caucus

    MADISON – First Lady Tonette Walker released the following statement congratulating Congressman Mike Gallagher (WI-R) and Congressman Danny Davis (IL-D) on the creation of the Trauma-Informed Care Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    “Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can have lifelong impacts on children’s physical health, mental health, ability to learn, and ability to create and maintain relationships. Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) helps us to address the root of these problems and improve outcomes for these children. Thank you to Congressman Gallagher and Congressman Davis for once again taking the lead in Washington and bringing national attention to the importance of TIC and the Science of ACEs by creating the Trauma-Informed Care Caucus. They are valuable allies in teaching more people nationwide about the power of TIC.”

    Tue, 05/22/2018

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  • First Lady Tonette Walker Recognizes 2018 Governor’s Foster Care Award Recipients

    MADISON – First Lady Tonette Walker joined the Department of Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Eloise Anderson today to help recognize six foster families, a foster youth, and numerous foster care advocates as recipients of the 2018 Governor’s Foster Care Award at the State Capitol.

    Tue, 05/15/2018

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  • First Lady Tonette Walker and First Spouses Receive Award for Trauma-Informed Care from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    WASHINGTON D.C.

    Thu, 05/10/2018

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