A National Resource to Support Excellence in Community Action

2018 Annual Learning Conference – IACAA

Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies

The Pathway to the Promise of Community Action

May 6-8 in Springfield, IL

Conference brochure

Schedule-at-a-GlanceConference web page


This year's theme is "The Promise to the Pathway of Community Action."  The Promise is a pledge for Community Action to help the families and individuals we serve achieve self-sufficiency and make positive changes in our communities.  Informative training and sharing best practices is the key for our network to fulfill that promise.

Featured Events

  • Families of Distinction Banquet
  • Opening Session with Dr. Robert Lemon
  • Addressing Community Action’s Role in Battling the Opioid Crisis, Denise Harlow, CEO,, Community Action Partnership
  • Awards Luncheon (FCD Graduate Pinning/Awards)

Training Sessions

Four tracks are being offered – see conference brochure for track/workshop descriptions and presenters.

Changes Lives
Family Development, Organizational Standards and Customer Service

  • Building a Road to Resilience
  • LIFT Program-Fighting Poverty
  • WX Panel on Technical Assistance
  • WX: Quality from Start to Finish

Spirit of Hope
Cultural Competency, Self-Care, Collaboration and Partnerships and Local Theory of Change

  • Self-care: Mindfulness for Families and Children
  • 2-Perspective Approach to the Opioid Crisis
  • The Importance of Cultural Competence in Creating Productive and Inclusive Communities
  • Diversity & Inclusion Game and Lecture

Promise of Community Action
Leadership and Board Training

  • Anti- Discrimination and Harassment in the Workplace
  • The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader
  • Building Resources for Non-Profits
  • Thoughts from the Field: Collaborations

A Better Place to Live
Workplace Safety, Trauma Informed Practices, Opioid Crisis and a Preview of Family Centered Coaching

  • Preview of Family Centered Coaching-Two Generation Work and Integrated Services
  • Poverty: Cycles of Risk
  • Trauma Informed Care: Be the bridge for a child to help connect the dots....
  • Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE): The What? The Who? The Why?

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