National Collaborative on Adversity and Resilience Proceedings


We are excited to present the Proceedings from the National Collaborative on Adversity and Resilience (NCAR) meeting held in December 2013 in Princeton, New Jersey.  As Chief Executive Officer of the Health Federation of Philadelphia, I was deeply honored to be invited to participate in this retreat with many of the best minds and forward thinkers in the nation, each of whom is doing cutting edge work in the areas of research, policy and practice to advance our understanding of the impact of adverse childhood experiences and the pathways to healing and prevention. Our charge was to envision and outline the strategy for a national movement on adversity and resilience.

Understanding and responding effectively to the needs of vulnerable populations, including the need to develop approaches for healing from the impact of trauma, violence and adversity, has been at the heart of the Health Federation’s work in Philadelphia for more than 30 years.  Our mission is to provide access to responsive services for the most vulnerable populations and build the capacity of organizations and systems to deliver effective care.   Since 2006, we have been the organizational home of Multiplying Connections, an initiative whose aim is to prevent and reduce ACEs by building and sustaining a trauma informed systems of care for children and their families. And, most recently, we have assumed responsibility for continuing the NCAR, housing Philadelphia ACEs Project, launching the Philadelphia virtual community and integrating related resources and technical assistance into our portfolio.

The aim of publishing the NCAR Proceedings is to share our vision of a movement to reduce childhood adversity and promote individual and community resilience, put forth strategies for action, inspire progress in the field, and stimulate engagement among many new partners across the nation. We welcome your comments and responses to the report and invite you to share them at

Read the Executive Summary

Read the Full Report

Natalie Levkovich
Chief Executive Officer
The Health Federation of Philadelphia
1211 Chestnut Street, Suite 801
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215.567.8001 ext. 3001