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Faculty & Staff Honors

GW Director Named Aspen Institute Ascend Fellow

Ms. Wendy Ellis was recently named a 2018 Aspen Institute Ascend Fellow, a designation awarded to “visionary, entrepreneurial leaders with bold ideas that can move the needle on health and well-being and offer concrete economic and social mobility pathways for children and their families.” Aspen Institute provides the 21 fellows space and support needed to bring new ideas to fruition. Ms. Ellis is the project director and co-principal investigator at the Building Community Resilience collaborative based at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health’s Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness.

The Building Community Resilience (BCR) collaborative looks to assist child health systems to align resources, programs and initiatives with community-based partners to address adverse childhood experiences and adverse community environments — or as Ms. Ellis has coined it “The Pair of ACEs.” The innovative model aims to build the infrastructure to promote resilience in vulnerable communities by improving access to supports and buffers that help individuals ‘bounce back’ and communities thrive. The model is currently implemented in five metropolitan areas: Cincinnati, Ohio; Dallas, Texas; Portland, Oregon; Washington, DC; St. Louis, Missouri; and Kansas City, Missouri.

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