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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • First Lady Tonette Walker Applauds U.S. House for Passing Resolution Advancing Trauma Informed Care

    Wisconsin, Under the First Lady, is Leading the Nation on Trauma Informed Care

    MADISON – First Lady Tonette Walker released the following statement today thanking lawmakers for passing House Resolution 443 (H. Res. 443) yesterday. H. Res. 443, sponsored by Representative Mike Gallagher (R – WI) and co-sponsored by Representative Danny Davis (D – IL), passed the United States House of Representatives yesterday evening with overwhelming, bipartisan support on a voice vote.

    Our nation’s Representatives believe in the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, and recognize toxic stress as a major public health crisis. I applaud them for passing this crucial legislation and raising awareness about the importance of Trauma Informed Care at a national level.

    Tue, 02/27/2018

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  • Trauma Informed Pioneers: First Ladies Working to Heal Communities

    Fri, 03/17/2017

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  • Big turnout for Walker's walk

    By ERIN KELLY Staff writer | 

    BELOIT — Beloit may have broken a record associated with Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker.

    Walk With Walker event organizers speculated that Tuesday’s walk through Beckman Mill Park may have had the largest crowd in the event’s history with nearly 100 participants.

    The first lady has walked more than 50 nature paths around Wisconsin for Walk With Walker, which promotes fitness and spotlights local attractions.

    “It’s about connecting with neighbors and friends and talking to them about what’s important to them, but it’s also about getting moving,” Walker said. Walker said the event was originally supposed to focus completely on fitness but needed to change after only women with strollers and older people came.

    Thu, 08/18/2016

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