The Illinois PROTECT Initiative:

Mitigating Toxic Stress and Trauma in Early Childhood

Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (ICAAP) has been awarded a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to create a virtual PROTECT center to expand access to resources systemically and statewide, to coordinate efforts among systems  and to engage and work with families and communities exposed to trauma to build resilience. PROTECT provides an opportunity to serve these families and communities through a trauma-informed lens. Over the course of  three years, PROTECT efforts will include a website, consistent training and messaging modules, coaching guidelines, standards and protocols including systems and care coordination, and policy recommendations.