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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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Webinar | February 28, 2023
This webinar highlighted 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.
Website/Resource Center
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.
Website/Resource Center | January 2020
Provides information for Medi-Cal providers to assess a patient's risk of a toxic stress physiology. It also information on how to incorporate ACEs screening results into clinical care and follow-up plans.
Website/Resource Center | January 2020
Used to assess childhood adversity in adult population.
Implementation Tool | January 2020
Provides information, actionable steps, and resources to guide primary care providers when implementing a trauma-informed approach.
Fact Sheet | November 2019
Outlines considerations to guide health care organizations in meaningfully engaging patients and community members around designing and implementing a trauma-informed approach to care.
Implementation Tool | November 2019
Aimed at supporting champions when approaching leadership about the value of adopting a trauma-informed approach in health care settings.
Webinar | June 2019
Highlights how two providers operating in vastly different settings have incorporated a trauma-informed approach to care into their day-to-day practices for treating substance use disorder, and how doing so has shaped the experiences of their patients and staff.
Implementation Tool | April 2019
Shares data on the prevalence of ACEs among non-institutionalized U.S. adults.

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