About Co-Creating Well-Being

A New Approach

This multi-year initiative will be executed in three discrete phases that stand alone and will also build upon one another.

This approach will follow a less traditional path; in the first phase we ask interested parties to first submit an application to attend two workshops:

One Day Trauma Workshop: on trauma, toxic stress, adverse childhood experiences, trauma-informed care and early childhood development. (How to define, distinguish, and connect?)
One Day Human-Centered Design Day Workshop: on what is HCD? What makes it different? What are the tools? How might I use it in my agency?

These workshops are designed for you to learn about trauma and human-centered design and how to apply them. These workshops will be the foundation of the initiative, and attendance is required for participation in the subsequent phases of the initiative.

Co-Creating Well-Being: Support Children and Families Through Trauma

Phase One – Building Capacity Phase (2018-2019)

A spectrum of providers who work with children five and under and their families from community-based organizations, early childhood centers, faith communities and clinics are being invited to participate in learning sessions designed to provide training and skill development. You must participate in this phase to be eligible for any other phases.

Phase Two – Engaging Communities (2019)

Organizations that participated in Phase One trainings will be eligible to apply to participate in additional human-centered design training and technical assistance, in the creation of a “Street Team” that will engage with targeted communities using the tools and techniques learned in trainings. The Street Teams will gather information on needs, thoughts, interests, preferred strategy/design, experiences and wants related to addressing the impact of trauma and toxic stress.To be eligible for for this phase you must participate in Phase One.

Phase Three – Actions Through Grants Phase (2020-2021)

Eligible organizations will have the opportunity to apply for grants. The goal of the grants will be to increase the number and range of supports and services mitigating the impact of trauma and toxic stress and addressing healing and well-being.

We are interested in contributing to all of the great work being done to provide children and families achieving resilience with safe nurturing environments. We want to do so with meaningful inclusion of children and families and diverse organizations and partners.

As a Foundation committed to the health and safety of young children and older adults this is a call to which we readily respond, please join us.

For questions please email Monica Brown at mbrown@hfwcny.org.


Letter From The President
One Page program overview
Women, Children, and Trauma white paper

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