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Wisconsin First Lady in Milwaukee, pushing for trauma-informed care

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – Wisconsin’s first lady is in Milwaukee to highlight the need for trauma-informed care.

Tonette Walker held a breakfast at the Pfister Hotel along with several local organizations to learn more about trauma-informed care.

Trauma-informed care asks the question “what happened to you?” instead of “what’s wrong with you?”


It’s an initiative that the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Children’s hospital, and other groups are really keying in on.

It looks at the adverse childhood experiences that happened to someone, a perspective that reduces blame and shame from labels and really gets to the core of understanding that trauma can affect people long term.

First Lady Walker says trauma-informed care is a philosophy, not a program.

Web Extra: Tonette Walker Interview from CBS 58 News on Vimeo.

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