Hannah Gustafson

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.).

    Hannah Gustafson is the MAPP (Mobilizing for Action through Planning & Partnerships) of the Southern Kenai Peninsula Coordinator, a member of the Southern Kenai Peninsula Resilience Coalition’s Leadership Team, and a Steering Committee Member of the Alaska Resilience Initiative. A lifelong Alaskan and graduate of UAA, she spent her 20’s as an organizer and advocate in the environmental field, working seven years as the founding Deputy Director of Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP). After the birth of her second child, she took time off to be at home with her two young children. When deciding to rejoin the workforce she started her consulting business, G Squared, so she could bring her community organizing skills to a variety of causes and projects. Her experiences and research as a stay at home mom inspired her to apply her organizing skills to ACES and resilience awareness and education. Hannah is thrilled to be engaged in this work in her home community of Homer and across Alaska.