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  • Florists from Across Wisconsin Decorate the Wisconsin Executive Residence for the 2018 Holiday Season

    MADISON – First Lady Tonette Walker hosted florists from throughout Wisconsin to help decorate the Wisconsin Executive Residence for the 2018 Holiday Season.

    “We truly appreciate the beautiful decorations created this year by talented artists from across the state,” said Mrs. Walker. “We hope families from every corner of Wisconsin visit the executive residence to enjoy these beautiful decorations at one of our holiday tours. This is a fun tradition we would like to share it with as many people as possible.” 

    Six florists from different areas of Wisconsin each decorated a different room at the residence. The 2018 florists are:

    Fri, 11/16/2018

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  • First Lady Tonette Walker Welcomes U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams to Wisconsin for Trauma-Informed Care Discussion

    MILWAUKEE – First Lady Tonette Walker today hosted a discussion about Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) and resilience with U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

    “Trauma-Informed Care can help children across our entire state, country and our world,” said Mrs. Walker. “But, we cannot do it without help, because everyone has a role to play. We need more people coming together from across our entire nation to advocate for TIC. Thank you to U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams for standing with us to help improve outcomes for children.”  

    Since 2011, Mrs. Walker has been advocating for TIC to be incorporated across Wisconsin and the nation. Under Mrs. Walker’s leadership with Fostering Futures, nine of Wisconsin’s state agencies, 20 county human service systems, two tribal nations, one medical college department, and one nonprofit are implementing TIC, helping Wisconsin become the first Trauma-Informed state.

    Fri, 11/09/2018

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  • First Lady Tonette Walker Discusses Trauma-Informed Care with the Milwaukee Coalition, Scaling Wellness in Milwaukee (SWIM)

    MILWAUKEE – First Lady Tonette Walker today discussed the importance of Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) for children at the Scaling Wellness in Milwaukee (SWIM) coalition meeting held at Penfield Montessori Academy in Milwaukee. Following the remarks, Mrs. Walker also toured the academy which is known for using a compassionate and tailored educational approach for children.

    “Trauma has an undeniable impact on children, and if it’s not addressed, these children could struggle their entire lives,” said Mrs. Walker. “By working together with coalitions like SWIM, we can find new ways to align Trauma-Informed Care activities to help improve outcomes for all children and especially for those with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Everyone has a role to play with Trauma-Informed Care and SWIM exemplifies how this culture change process can bring together diverse organizations, communities, and groups – all dedicated to improving health outcomes in Milwaukee.”

    Wed, 08/29/2018

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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.


    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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