An estimated 60 percent of adults in the United States have experienced an adverse life event (trauma) at least once in their lives, and ongoing research on trauma demonstrates that experiencing these events in childhood and adulthood significantly increases the likelihood of persisting physical health, mental health and addiction problems. Although these events are not rare, trauma-informed care can mitigate lasting effects and help facilitate healing.
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‘There is Hope Beyond Hurt‘ and ‘Why Trauma Matters in Primary Care‘
In an ongoing effort to create a health care culture that recognizes and supports individuals dealing with the long-term impact of trauma, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, in partnership with and sponsored by Kaiser Permanente National Community Benefit Fund*, selected 14 selected organizations through a competitive application process for their new pioneering trauma-informed primary care initiative.
This is a unique and critical opportunity to connect medical care with mental health care.
The 14 participating primary care organizations include:
- Bread for the City: Washington, D.C.
- Chase Brexton Health Care: Baltimore
- Clinica Family Health Services: Lafayette, Colorado
- Colorado Coalition for the Homeless: Denver
- CCI Health & Wellness Services: Silver Spring, Maryland
- Community HealthCare Network: Alexandria, Virginia
- Community Medical Centers, Inc: Stockton, California
- Lummi Tribal Health Center: Bellingham, Washington
- Whitefoord, Inc.: Atlanta
- Native American Rehabilitation Association: Portland, Oregon
- Neighborhood Healthcare: Escondido, California
- Venice Family Clinic: Venice, California
- WellSpace Health: Sacramento, California
- West Hawaii Community Health Center: Kailua Kona, Hawaii
These 14 primary care organizations will play a significant role in shaping the future of the health care system by recognizing and responding to the significant impact that traumatic life events have on the health of patients. Through the nine-month program, the organizations will create supporting environments, not only for patients with the long lasting effects of trauma, but also for the clinical team members who are dedicated to their care.
Specifically, they will adopt trauma-sensitive screening, assessment and treatment practices that will aid their efforts to successfully treat patients with chronic, uncontrolled health conditions; explore the affect of traumatic life events on a person’s chronic physical health conditions, overall health and wellness utilization of services and capacity for self-management; and systematically track changes in health indicators for a target population chosen by primary care organizations.
*Made possible by a grant from the Kaiser Permanente National Community Benefit Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation.