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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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Fact Sheet | December 2017
Outlines recommendations for health centers to create a safe physical and emotional environment for people from historically marginalized communities.
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.
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.
Screening/Assessment Tools | January 2019
Summarizes the strengths and challenges of various, widely available trauma-informed organizational assessment tools in one table.
Video | Janaury 2019
Features health care providers who have adopted trauma-informed principles within their own practices.
Journal Article | January 2019
Evaluats the effectiveness of a curriculum on trauma-informed care approaches delivered to medical students. The training was both effective and well-received by the physicians, and offers a model for other institutions interested in providing trainings to providers and staff.
Video | January 2019
Explains how trauma impacts health, and how providers can enhance care for patients who have faced adversity.
Implementation Tool | December 2018
Provides resources that can help administrators and providers identify and respond to the impacts of trauma in people with HIV.

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