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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.


    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)


    Thu, 05/10/2018

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  • First Lady Tonette Walker Discusses Benefits of Trauma-Informed Care at Mahala’s Hope

    Equine Workshops Teach Those Affected by Trauma More About Themselves

    EDEN – First Lady Tonette Walker visited with employees from Mahala’s Hope, a nonprofit organization assisting in recovery from trauma and substance abuse, in Eden today. The First Lady discussed the value and effectiveness of Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) principles in addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), including exposure to and abuse of substances.

    Thu, 05/03/2018

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  • First Lady Walker: Trauma-Informed Care Can Help Wisconsin Children Impacted by the Opioid Crisis

    MANITOWOC – First Lady Tonette Walker today discussed the power of Trauma-Informed Care in helping children affected by the opioid epidemic. First Lady Walker was a featured speaker at Representative Paul Tittl’s (R—Manitowoc) “In the Best Interest of the Children” Summit, which draws attention to the devastating effects of the opioid crisis on families and the foster care system in Wisconsin.

    “Growing up with a family member suffering from opioid addiction can create Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) for Wisconsin’s children and young adults,” said First Lady Walker. “ACEs create toxic stress that affects the brain’s development which can lead to lifelong mental and physical health issues. Through Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) we can help Wisconsin’s children overcome whatever ACEs they have experienced, whether it’s from exposure to the opioid epidemic, domestic abuse, or something entirely different.”

    Thu, 05/03/2018

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  • First Lady Tonette Walker: Wisconsin is Leading the Nation on Trauma-Informed Care

    Hosts “Breakfast of Trauma-Informed Champions” for Norwegian Delegation in Milwaukee

    MILWAUKEE – First Lady Tonette Walker today hosted a Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) event in Milwaukee highlighting TIC implementation throughout Wisconsin with a governmental delegation from Norway.

    “Wisconsin is a national leader when it comes to implementing Trauma-Informed Care,” said First Lady Tonette Walker. “Through Trauma-Informed Care we are able to change outcomes for children and families in Wisconsin, the United States, and around the world. Here in Wisconsin, we have seen TIC make a difference in our communities. By partnering with experts and sharing our ideas and best practices, we can amplify our positive results. I am excited to continue working with this Norwegian delegation and any other governments to bring Trauma-Informed Care to the forefront.”

    Thu, 04/05/2018

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  • First Lady Tonette Walker Highlights the Need for Trauma-Informed Care to be Fully Incorporated in Wisconsin, the United States, and Globally

    Hosts Norwegian Delegation in Waupaca, Kashena, and Milwaukee

    WAUPACA – First Lady Tonette Walker with a delegation from Oslo, Norway today discussed Wisconsin’s leading role in practicing and implementing Trauma-Informed Care (TIC). The group visited the Waupaca County Health and Human Services Department, the Menominee Tribal Keshena School, and the Sojourner Family Peace Center in Milwaukee.

    Wed, 04/04/2018

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