Community Education

The goal of the Community Education Workgroup is to inform community residents in the Philadelphia region about the impact and prevalence of adverse childhood experiences and childhood trauma, the role of resilience, and the possibility of healing and recovery.

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Workgroup Co-Chairs

Patricia Gerrity, RN, PhD, FAAN and Michael O'Bryan

To stay up-to-date with the Community Education Workgroup, read our meeting summaries here.

Our Work

In Progress

As a subgroup of the Community Education Workgroup, the ACEs Messaging Group (AMG) is a unique group that brings together members of the Philadelphia ACE Task Force with community partners to use what they learned in workshops with Dr. Sandra Bloom and marketing expert, Jonah Berger. In a project supported by the First Hospital Foundation, this group will work together to develop and refine compelling messages related to ACEs, trauma, and resilience. Through focus group and engagement with community stakeholders, the AMG will work to develop and disseminate messages to a variety of target audiences.


How do we spread the information about ACEs and Resilience through the community? Through a grant funded by the Atlantic Health Foundation, the Community Education workgroup, composed of community members and task force members, consulted with market research psychologist, Jonah Berger - author of the book, Contagious: Why Things Catch On,  to strategize.

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