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Project Medical Adviser: Michele Lorand, MD FAAP, John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County


Course of Study

Committee GoalBy incorporating training, coaching, and mental health consultation, communities build capacity for and are committed to offering trauma-informed care and services that are of high quality, consistent, and coordinated among providers in multiple settings

Co-chairs:  Mary Bergen, MS, LCSW, Illinois Action for Children and Anne G. Studzinski, BS, Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition

Medical Adviser: Mary I. Dobbins, MD, FAAP, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Policy and Systems Integration

Committee GoalState and system level health, education and social service programs support providers to offer and integrate high quality, coordinated trauma-informed care and services to their fullest extent, as appropriate to the agency or program, through initiatives including but not limited to promulgation of regulations and standards; consensual information sharing for care coordination; educational programs; referral assistance; professional development resources including reflective supervision.

Co-chairs: Carie Bires, Ounce of Prevention Fund and Elena Quintana, PhD, MA, BA, Adler Institute

Medical Adviser: Mariana Glusman, MD, FAAP, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital

Standards and Protocols

Committee GoalChildren 0-3 and their caregivers receive community-based medical, social and educational care and services that are trauma-informed in diverse settings by incorporating standards and protocol (community wide)

Co-chairs: Ana Maria Accove, IDHS/DCFS, Fiona Anderson, MPH, Heartland Alliance, and Ann Marie Grimberg, MEd, Heartland Alliance

Medical Adviser: Marealita Pierce, MD, FAAP

Project Overview (PDF PowerPoint)



For more information about PROTECT, contact:

Juanona Brewster, MDiv, MTS, MJ, Director Early Childhood Development

Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics

1400 W. Hubbard St. Suite 100

Chicago, Illinois 60642

312/733-1026 ext 203

312/733-1791 fax