Coming Together conference to focus on breaking the cycle of poverty through a trauma-informed care perspective

March 18, 2019

Breaking the cycle of poverty through a trauma-informed care perspective will be the topic of conversation at the biennial Coming Together: The Cycle Can Be Broken conference presented by Corteva Agriscience on Thursday, April 4 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.

“This year’s Coming Together conference recognizes that when kids and their families face foundational challenges, each adversity deepens all of the others in a geometric – and often generational – erosion of opportunity. So to be effective and to be efficient, efforts to alleviate those challenges must also be inter-connected and mutually reinforcing,” said Delaware’s First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney and conference chairwoman.

Featured speakers for the daylong event include:

  • Joan Gillece, Ph.D., Director, National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, Center for Innovation in Trauma Informed Approaches
  • Becky Haas, Trauma Informed Administrator for Ballad Health
  • Jason Brown, NFL player turned North Carolina farmer, presented by National Dairy Association North East

“At the Food Bank of Delaware, we know that hunger does not exist in a vacuum. It’s the result of a multitude of issues, many of which stem from trauma. By exploring these issues from a trauma-informed care approach, we can not only work to better serve our clients in a way that addresses their physical and emotional needs, but also work to break the cycle of poverty,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe.

Breakout sessions will feature programming in three areas – behavioral health, topics related to youth and underrepresented populations.

Breakout sessions include:

  • Rooted in Hunger: How Eating Disorders Stem from Food Insecurity
  • Challenges that Women Face as Returning Citizens
  • Transitioning to Adulthood: College Students and Children Aging out of Foster Care
  • A Trauma-Informed System of Care Model that Works presented by Haas
  • Brain Architecture Game presented by Deborah Stevens from the Delaware State Education Association
  • Food Insecurity and Substance Use Disorders
  • The Importance of Year-Round Access to Nutritious Food to Combat Food Insecurity
  • Aging Adults
  • Treatment from Trauma-Informed Approach
  • Interventions with Kids and Violent Acts
  • A Window to the Delaware Latino Community

This conference has been approved for four CLE credits by the Delaware Commission on Continuing Legal Education and three CPEUs from the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

In addition to adult programming, the day will also feature programming for Delaware’s school children. Students will visit stations focused on healthy eating, fitness, the legislative process, food insecurity, gardening, shopping on a budget, food waste and more.

At the conclusion of the conference JPMorgan Chase will sponsor a large packing event for the Food Bank of Delaware’s weekend Backpack Program for kids. JPMorgan Chase volunteers, conference attendees and members of the general public will pack bags full of food for kids who are at risk of weekend hunger.

When: Thursday, April 4; 8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Where: Chase Center on the Riverfront, 815 Justison Street, Wilmington, 19801

Registration: Registration is $50/person and includes a continental breakfast and lunch; Registration and a complete agenda is available at

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