• HEAL PA Headlines

    Take a look at our latest media appearances. We thank our media partners for sharing the work of HEAL PA and encouraging the advancement of the Trauma-Informed PA Plan.

    Shapiro Administration Releases Statement of Support for the Office of Advocacy and Reform

    January, 2023

    In a statement to CBS 21, the Shapiro transition team shed hope on OAR’s future saying that “The Office of Advocacy and Reform are ones Governor-elect Shapiro is committed to and cares deeply about. We plan to build upon that important work and advocacy in the Shapiro-Davis administration.” For full article and broadcast, click Here.

    VOCE Forum on Pennsylvania's Children

    October, 2022

    As members of HEAL PA, and as thought leaders in trauma work, VOCE cordially invites you to attend the inaugural Forum on Pennsylvania’s Children (FPaC): A Convening of Leaders on November 10, 2022, from 9am-4:30pm, at the newly remolded Wyndham Resort in Lancaster, PA. VOCE is proud to host keynote speaker and Forum Chair Maryann McEvoy, Executive Director of the PA Governor's Office of Advocacy and Reform and Child Advocate for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. View full abcnews article here.

    PA criminal justice community all-in on PACEs science & trauma-informed practice & policy

    August, 2022

    A state deputy attorney general, a police chief, two judges, a filmmaker who was once incarcerated, and representatives of a county parole department and the state department of corrections appeared earlier this year at the Bucks-Mont Collaborative Virtual Community Summit for a two-hour discussion about the remarkable progress being made to align Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system with the science of positive and adverse childhood experiences. Read the full view article here.

    Leader of Heal PA says its 'beautiful and ingenious' design will sustain the movement to create a trauma-informed state

    May, 2022

    Maryann McEvoy, executive director of the Pennsylvania Office of Advocacy and Reform (OAR) and Child advocate, says one of the favorite things for her to talk about is “the beautiful and ingenious design of Heal PA.” View the full article here.


    February, 2020

    "Trauma needs to be viewed as a public health matter if society is going to benefit individuals in a lasting and positive way", said Robert Reed, the executive deputy attorney general for public engagement in the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. View the full article here.

    PA Office of Advocacy and Reform, PA Attorney General’s Office Team Up to Launch PA Trauma-Informed Network

    August, 2020

    As a companion to the Trauma-Informed PA plan released last week by Governor Tom Wolf’s Office to guide the commonwealth and service providers statewide on what it means to be trauma-informed and healing-centered in PA, the Office of Advocacy and Reform (OAR) and the PA Attorney General’s Office have worked with over a dozen community-based ACEs and trauma initiatives to launch the “PA Trauma-Informed Network” on the ACEs Connection Platform. View full press release here.

    Franklin County PA Creates Trauma-Informed Coalition

    August, 2020

    Franklin County works in collaboration with state-wide trauma-informed movement to creat local trauma-informed movement that crosses sectors and disciplines. For more information click here.