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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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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
Help 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.
Webinar | April 2019
Shares approaches and journeys to trauma screening and assessment.
Implementation Tool | February 2019
Offers various approaches and considerations for screening adults and children for ACEs and trauma.
Journal Article | January 2019
Looks at changes in provider knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs related to trauma and trauma-informed care following a trauma-informed care training.
Implementation Tool | January 2019
Details actionable steps and resources to create a trauma-informed care implementation team and plan for nursing homes serving older adults.

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