Learning Collaborative


Join us for a community-wide Learning Collaborative for Franklin and Grand Isle counties. This Learning Collaborative is focused on reducing death by suicide and drug overdose. All are welcome to these all-virtual sessions. Learn about what work is being done, how we can co-create solutions. This Learning Collaborative has been co-created with The Howard Center, Northwestern Counseling and Support Services, Northwestern Medical Center, OneCare, and the Vermont Department of Health. The team has been meeting weekly to provide a generative leaning collaborative that addresses key health concerns in our region. This learning collaborative is designed to bring various community organizations across sectors together to learn from each other and understand their roles and contributions to solution-based strategies to reduce death by suicide and overdose in our community.

Previous Sessions


February 11
8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Preventing Death by Suicide: Involving the Whole Community in Suicide Prevention.


March 18
8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Preventing Death by Overdose: Focus on Harm Reduction and Low Barrier Access to Treatment.


April 29
8:30 am – 12:30 pm

The Care in Healthcare: Links Between Clinical Care and Community Care and Low Barrier Access to Treatment

Click here to watch a recording of this Learning Collaborative session on Youtube.

Materials from the April 29 Session: 



Next Session


Building a Trauma-Informed Community: From Practice to Policy

May 20 – 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Register in advance here. 



8:30       Welcome


8:40       Keynote Speaker – Krista Goldstine-Cole 

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Krista Goldstine-Cole to the May Learning Collaborative to share her knowledge and experience in Building a Trauma-Informed Community. Dr. Goldstine-Cole currently serves as director of research and learning initiatives for the ANSR Foundation, and as assistant professor (adjunct) of social work at University of Montana. Her work and research focus on developmental adversity—those traumas, adversities and chronic stressors that are powerful enough to alter brains, bodies, and the developmental trajectory. Krista previously held several positions that integrate developmental adversity, education and public policy, including judicial education specialist at the Washington Administrative Office of the Courts, education director at the Washington State Family Policy Council, and policy advisor on human services and corrections at the Washington State Senate. She earned her doctorate of education in human development and learning from Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2020, where she was named a Presidential Scholar.  Krista’s research interests include cradle to prison pipeline, the protective role of school connectedness on adult mental health, and the role of developmental adversity education and training in the transformation of individuals, communities and institutions. For fun, Krista is currently learning the art of documentary film making. Her photo is attached.


10:00    Break

10:15  Small Group “Table Top Rounds”   (Allow for at least 90 minutes with this exercise)

Concept of this exercise:  Our systems are not as trauma informed as they could be.  Small group discussions explore various components of what it requires to be “trauma-informed” in principle and in practice.

What does it look like when a community is doing well at being trauma informed? 

  • How do we ensure that people with lived experiences are welcomed as leaders / fully participating members / co-creators of a trauma-informed community?
  • How might we co-create outcome indicators and measures across organizational silos and work together to see if our collective efforts are leading us towards those outcomes?
  • Think back to this morning’s large group comments about re. “how we think about community,” and “barriers to getting candid input from community to inform our systems”
  • How can we sustain patience and persistence — at the same time, over time? 


11:45    Break

11:55    Large Group Debrief

12:25    Closing Comments