Individuals and families experiencing poverty navigate significant challenges and excessive stress in the struggle to meet basic needs; navigate complex safety net systems; and manage issues such as mental illness, substance abuse, homelessness, interpersonal violence, and racism and discrimination. We have learned that prolonged exposure to stress erodes executive functioning skills in children who then grow into adults who are not equipped to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and who cannot juggle multiple tasks successfully, or manage impulse control. The rise of the COVID-19 pandemic further exacerbates this stress and trauma. The work of public agencies becomes increasingly complex: outreach becomes much more difficult to client-serving agencies when social distancing is required. MSG’s staff work across many sectors of state and federal government. We’ve created cross-functioning teams within those sectors, and we provide cross-functional resources and nuanced approaches to our training and technical assistance (TA), including a focus on trauma-informed strategies. We provide responsive and nimble TA and culturally appropriate communication strategies based on federal and state priorities.


Anne Chamberlain
Senior Director, Programs

Erwin Coleman
Principal Associate, Corporate Relations