We envision a region where every community has the strengths, social supports and community resources needed for every individual to thrive.

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Our Shared Agenda

The Challenge

The Central Oregon TRACEs (Trauma, Resilience and Adverse Childhood Experiences) partnership invites individuals, organizations and communities to partner in a shared commitment to make our region a place where every individual has the strength, social connections, and community support they need to be resilient and thrive in the face of adversity. Toxic stress and trauma have similar impacts; all of which show up in each of our Central Oregon communities. Together, we will learn:

  1. How toxic stress, adverse experiences and trauma impact those in our community;
  2. Why this matters to education, health, and the economy; and
  3. How each of us can make it easier for people to thrive in the face of adversity.


We envision a region where every individual has the strengths, social supports and community resources they need to thrive.

We envision a region where leaders, organizations, and communities actively create systems that help build resiliency. A region where strengths are nurtured resulting in high levels of health and well-being and low levels of chronic health conditions; where all children achieve their highest level of education success and graduate on time; and where all adults are financially stable and contributing participants in their community.

ACEs include

  • Physical abuse
  • Verbal abuse
  • Sexual abuse,
  • Physical neglect, and
  • Emotional neglect.

They also include having:

  • A parent who’s an alcoholic
  • A mother who’s a victim of domestic violence
  • A family member in jail
  • A family member diagnosed with a mental illness, and the
  • Disappearance of a parent through divorce, death, or abandonment

Shared Agenda

Partners commit to a shared agenda. That is, we agree to a shared approach to addressing this challenge. The graphic below is a first draft of how we will work together. Over time, we will learn and adapt together, updating our agenda as we go.

Guiding Principles

Common agenda: Partners share a vision for change, including a common understanding of the problem and a joint approach to solving it.

Inclusive and inviting to partners from all sectors: All sectors are engaged; any partner aligned with priority indicators and committed to collective impact is welcome.

Commitment to equity: Partners share a deep commitment to equity, reflected in the outcomes of the work as well as the process of collaboration.

Shared measurement: Partners agree on the ways success will be measured and reported based on a short list of common indicators.

Mutually reinforcing activities: Diverse, cross-sector stakeholders coordinate their activities through a mutually reinforcing plan of action.

Continuous communication: Frequent and open communication builds trust, assures mutual objectives and creates common motivation.

Commitment to solutions: Partners have an unwavering optimism and commitment to finding solutions to challenges that arise.

Shared Metrics

Shared measures are now in action!

  • Why shared measures? Great data inform great decision-making. Using the same measures across the Central Oregon region is a powerful way to understand our impact.
  • Why these measures? A team from OSU-Cascades scanned the literature for measures that explored resilience beyond the individual perspective to include relational, community, and cultural factors. They also looked for something free, short, trustworthy, strengths-based, culturally responsive, and available in multiple languages.
  • How do I get involved? The measures are available today at this link and we’d love to have you contact us using the form below to learn how to join the rapidly growing Outcomes & Impact Learning Community.

Download a one page summary of the Shared Measures and Learning Community: TRACEs_Measuring Strengths_1pager


About The Movement

A few words about us

We – and we hope this includes you! – are individuals, organizations, and communities throughout Central Oregon that believe that by working together and learning together we can do a better job of building resiliency so people will thrive despite challenges in their lives.


Steering Committee

  • Katie Condit, Better Together, High Desert ESD
  • Donna Mills, Central Oregon Health Council
  • Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Deschutes County
  • Brenda Comini, Early Learning Hub, High Desert ESD
  • Kim Hatfield, Friends of the Children
  • Shelly Smith, KidsCenter
  • Elaine Knobbs-Seasholtz, Mosaic Medical
  • Kate Wells, PacificSource
  • Stephanie Sundborg, Trauma Informed Oregon
  • Ken Wilhelm, United Way of Deschutes County

Working Together

Partners work to meet the unique needs of their communities. A backbone staff supports partners as they build a shared agenda, measure for impact, and learn from each other. A Steering Committee representing Central Oregon communities guides the work of the backbone staff. Each year, all partners are encouraged to gather together in person at least once to share progress and learn together.

Our first All Partner Learning Community gathering was held on March 30, 2018 with representatives from Crook, Jefferson, and Deschutes Counties and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.  The room was full of energy as partners learned about what each other was doing, discussed how we might work together for greater impact, and thought about who was not in the room and how we might be both more enticing and welcoming.

The TRACEs kick-off event was held May 23, 2017 where over 100 organizations were represented. Sarah Enos Watamura was the keynote speaker.

TRACES 101: Community Conversations. In response to requests, local communities and organizations are hosting conversations to spread the word about adversity and resilience, find out what’s already happening, think about how to work and learn together. If you are interested in hosting a conversation, let us know via the form at the bottom of this page!


Are you committed to learning more and sharing what you know about building resiliency?

By becoming a partner, I/we agree to:

1. Understand and Care 

2. Take Action

3. Learn together 

By partnering with TRACEs, organizations will:

  1. Advance their mission by aligning and leveraging their work with others across the region.
  2. Build greater wellbeing, educational attainment, and workforce engagement in their local communities.
  3. Be an active part of long-term transformation in our region.

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