Wendy Ellis HeadshotWendy Ellis

Project Director
Building Community Resilience Collaborative
Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University

Wendy Ellis is the project director of the Building Community Resilience (BCR) collaborative at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. The BCR collaborative is testing and implementing a model based on Ellis’ research in designing a strategic process for child health systems, health departments, and cross-sector partners to align resources, programs, and initiatives with community-based organizations to address the Pair of ACEs.

This strengths-based approach is aimed at building community infrastructure to promote resilience in cities and communities across the country, and it is being tested in six major metropolitan areas:

  • Cincinnati
  • Dallas
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Kansas City, Missouri and St. Louis

BCR is supported in part by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Kresge Foundation. Ellis and co-principal investigator Bill Dietz have published an article in Academic Pediatrics detailing the BCR framework. At each site, Ellis' team at George Washington University’s Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellbeing provide technical assistance to establish relationships between primary care providers, churches, government agencies, community organizations, and community members to help address gaps and disparities for children and families. This multi-sector effort is aimed at helping communities not just 'bounce back' from adversity but as Ellis puts it, 'bounce forward,' stressing the project's aim to improve baseline quality of life for children and families. "We are not interested in merely piecing together a system of care. This work will change systems and policies to ensure every child has the opportunity to thrive," says Ellis.

In 2017, Ellis was selected to receive a Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being—seeking innovations to prevent child abuse and neglect. The fellowships are designed to develop a new generation of leaders capable of creating practice and policy initiatives that will enhance child development and improve the nation's ability to prevent all forms of child maltreatment. She is also a Milken Scholar at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, where she is completing dissertation research toward a doctorate in health policy. Ellis holds a master’s in public health from the University of Washington’s School of Public Health and a bachelor’s from Seattle University.

At the University of Washington, she led a study investigating factors associated with disparities in access to mental health care among children in Washington state, which was published in Health Affairs. Prior to joining George Washington University she served as Manager of Child Health Policy in Nemours’ National Office of Child Health Policy and Practice in Washington, D.C. In this role, she led policy research and development efforts in population health, prevention, child behavioral health, toxic stress, and adverse childhood experiences. Ellis also managed policy and communications for the Kresge-funded Moving Health Care Upstream initiative. Previously, she served as manager of health services research and health policy at CSR Incorporated, a research and technical services firm in Arlington, Virginia. At CSR, Ellis led research and policy analysis projects on an array of health services topics including: Patient-centered medical homes, access to care issues for children and families, reducing health disparities, child mental health, and health promotion as well as program evaluation for the Centers for Disease Control, the National Association of County and City Health Organizations, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, and others.

Headshot of Kim ScottKim Scott

CEO of Trillium Group
Executive Director of Trillium Family Foundation

Kim Scott is responsible for providing executive leadership for all Trillium program operations. He provides direct supervision to the organization’s CEOs, and leadership in the development of organizational policy and procedure, compliance with national accrediting bodies, and program and business development activities. Scott is committed to the health and well-being of Oregon’s children and families, and has dedicated his life’s work to making the world a safer, more supportive place for ALL people to thrive.

Scott provides statewide leadership in the development of intensive treatment services that are family focused and integrated with local communities and planning structures. He serves on the Association of Children’s Residential Centers Advisory Board, Alliance for Strong Families and Communities CEO Council, Concordia University Board of Directors, and Helping Men Heal Board of Trustees. He is also a member of the peer faculty for the Alliance for Strong Communities and Families Residential Treatment Transformation initiative, has been invited to participate in the Building Bridges Summit sponsored by SAMHSA, and is actively involved with the Oregon Alliance of Children’s Programs.

Scott started his career as a childcare worker at Waverly Children’s Home in 1978 and he became the residential services coordinator in 1983. In 1985, he moved to Alaska, where he served as Detention Unit Leader for the Department of Health and Social Services in Juneau and as youth counselor at Johnson Youth Center, also in Juneau, Alaska. Prior to joining Trillium Family Services, Scott served as associate director of the Children’s Farm Home in Corvallis, Oregon. In this role, he was responsible for directing all residential care and treatment services operations and supervised coordinators responsible for managing residential, community-based, and clinical services program operations. Scott received a bachelor’s in counseling education from Columbia Christian College in 1980. He received a master’s in public administration from the University of Alaska Southeast in August 1995.

Scott has presented at conferences for the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), Oregon’s Children & Adolescent Residential Psychiatric Programs (CHARPP), the Council on Accreditation (COA), and the University of Southern Florida’s Research & Best Practice conference. He also has provided quality assurance, accreditation, and electronic record consultation for mental health agencies in Oregon and Alaska.

Over the past few years, Scott and his team at Trillium have adopted a trauma-informed lens to the work of the organization. Understanding the profound impact that trauma and stress have on individuals, families, organizations, systems, communities, and all human systems has led Trillium down a path toward creating a network of trauma-informed community partners determined to change the conversation about people and problems from, “What’s wrong with you?” to “What has happened to you?” Trillium’s “Keep Oregon Well” campaign was launched in 2015, with initiatives involving poverty, equity, inclusion, and safety in the pipeline for the coming year.