Desiré Shepler, MPH

Tuesday Morning Plenary

    Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and experiences of intergenerational and systemic trauma are common, increasing the risk of most leading health and social problems. No one service system or sector can solve the complex problem of preventing and healing from trauma in isolation, which is why cross-sector and collaborative solutions are so vital, as are local, community-led solutions that engage and empower families, organizations, governments, tribes, faith and cultural groups, and do work in a participatory and equity-focused manner.

    In this session, leaders of regional networks addressing ACEs and resilience and the statewide Alaska Resilience Initiative will engage participants in discussion about Collective Impact approaches to addressing ACEs. These discussions will be driven by participant interest, but will likely focus on participatory, equitable, culturally-responsive processes in networks; working effectively across sectors; community-based policy advocacy and systems change; and communications (framing of issues, materials, trainings, social media use, etc.).

    As director of R.O.C.K. Mat-Su, Desiré Shepler oversees a collaborative working towards increasing family resilience and creating a culture that supports children and families, as well as ending child maltreatment and reducing the number of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Mat-Su Children experience. Desiré was previously a program officer and program associate with the Mat-Su Health Foundation. Prior to that she worked as social services administrator for Alaska Island Community Services. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage, a bachelor’s degree from the same school, and an associate degree from Mat-Su College. Desiré loves working with communities and is passionate about helping to create systems and social supports that foster resilient families and well cared for children, two facts that make her current job her dream job. Desiré lives in her hometown of Palmer with her partner and three teenage children.