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Leading health care professionals across the country are recognizing the value of a trauma-informed approach to care. Understanding and adopting a trauma-informed approach — at both the clinical and organization level —  can help organizations more effectively address the needs of patients.

The following resources can help guide health care organizations in adopting best practices for addressing trauma.

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Perspective | February 2024
Highlights the importance of pediatric and primary care in protecting against the adverse effects of trauma and offers examples practices can use to achieve this goal.
Webinar | January 2024
This webinar features a rural Pennsylvania partnership and its experience implementing trauma-informed care across a network of providers.
Journal Article | January 2024
Explores the correlation between establishing a trauma-informed environment of care and the uptake of ACE screening.
Journal Article | December 2023
Explores adolescents’ and caregivers’ perceptions on the acceptability of ACE screenings in pediatric clinics.
Perspective | October 2023
Omar Reda, MD, a psychiatrist, trauma-informed care expert, shares advice on fostering wellness among public sector staff who champion equity in the health and human services field.
Journal Article | September 2023
Examines clinical staff perceptions regarding routine ACE screening in pediatric primary care.
Webinar | July 2023
Spotlights the work and journey of the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services in moving from discussing racial equity to centering anti-racism in health care transformation efforts.
Webinar | February 28, 2023
Highlights how Denver Health, a large health system in Colorado, is implementing a trauma- and resilience-informed approach into organizational policy and practice, while also focusing on addressing systemic racism and biases.
Perspective | November 2022
In this essay, Ben Danielson, MD, clinical professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, recounts the painful story of a Black pediatric patient and his mother as they navigate a hospital stay
Blog Post | April 2022
Highlights state approaches for preventing and mitigating the effects of early adversity on children and families while supporting resilience-building in their communities.
Report | March 2022
Shares perspectives from providers on how to effectively integrate ACE screening into clinical practice for children and adults in a trauma-informed manner.
Brief | September 2021
Outlines six considerations for health systems and provider practices looking to integrate a focus on racial equity to enhance trauma-informed care approaches and promote racial justice.
Report | February 2021
Shares core strategies to help the state of New Jersey reduce, and ultimately, prevent ACEs, and reach its goal of becoming a more trauma-informed and healing-centered state.
Implementation Tool | November 2020
Helps practitioners understand potential organizational-level steps to begin incorporating trauma-informed care into a health care organization.
Journal Article | September 2020
Examines principles of trauma-informed care (TIC) in end-of-life care. It includes a case example of a patient with advanced illness to demonstrate how TIC can be practically applied with the goal of alleviating trauma-related symptoms.
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Offers resources for providers working with LGBTQ youth who have experienced trauma, including how to increase access to services, create a safe environment for care, and work with families and schools.
Journal Article | July 2020
Explores the case of a veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder to illustrate how telehealth visits can be trauma-informed.
Journal Article | May 2020
Reviews the experiences of adults with high ACE scores who presented at a Canadian ED to identify how a trauma-informed care approach may improve their ED experience.
Brief | February 2020
Proposes a measurement model for trauma-informed primary care and suggest variables that could be assessed for each major intervention component.
Webinar | February 2020
Describes barriers to access and engagement in care for the LGBTQ+ population and outlines best practices for affirmative and trauma-informed care.

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