Resiliency in Action is a collective impact pilot project funded through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

It has involved over 100 Springfield community leaders and parents in cross-organization discussions to discover the sources of adversity that affect the lives of Springfield’s youngest children ages birth to five and their parents or caregivers. The Learning Collaborative has held three community forums to discuss how Springfield’s community leaders and parents can collaborate to support resilience in young children. From these community forums, it was decided that the Learning Collaborative needed to have Springfield community leaders and parents hear one consistent and culturally sensitive message regarding toxic stress and building resilience in children.  This “umbrella” message would be expressed through three projects that would be tailored to specific target audiences: family/caregivers, community, and policy makers. We now have three workgroups, each working on a project tailored toward their target audience. 

These projects will be conducted and evaluated using the Plan-Do-Study-Act model in order to be implemented and self-sustaining by June 2015.


Resiliency in Action Core Planning Team

Eve Wilder, MPH

Coordinator, Massachusetts Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Project (MECCS)

MA Department of Public Health


James Canning, PhD, LICSW

Professor, Springfield College School for Social Work and Clinician


Jenise Katalina, MSW

Supervisor, Healthy Families

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Jessica Wozniak, PsyD

Clinical Research and Development Manager

Baystate Children’s Hospital’s Family Advocacy Center in Springfield, MA


Joni Beck Brewer, MSW, LICSW

Vice President of Family Services

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Kate Roper, Ed.M

Assistant Director of Early Childhood Services

MA Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition


Maria T. Curtin-McKenna, MSW, LCSW

Coordinator, Resiliency in Action: Springfield Early Childhood Learning Collaborative