Trauma, trauma-informed care and the connection between traumatic exposure and mental health are hot topics. The growing discussions across the spectrum of research, clinical practice, community and service systems – mental health, education, criminal justice, child welfare, etc.—and increased awareness of the role trauma in peoples’ lives is creating a paradigm shift. Approaches for creating optimal conditions for mental health and well-being are emerging trends within communities.
As the promotion of trauma-informed programs and interventions expands, it is critical to learn how communities—often those experiencing higher rates of violence and associated trauma—understand the impact of trauma, the roles of resilience and community assets, and the development of community-driven and community-embraced programs and interventions.
This NNED virtual roundtable will highlight perspectives from diverse racial and ethnic community leaders to illustrate how trauma shows up in their communities and how culturally responsive, trauma-informed, holistic services and supports provide appropriate opportunities for healing and resilience.
- Describe how the intersection of culture, trauma, and behavioral health can present in different communities and systems.
- Share culturally responsive, trauma-informed strategies and policies for community-based organizations that support systems-level change efforts to reduce health care disparities.
- Identify ways that community-based organizations can advocate for or implement culturally responsive, trauma-informed strategies or policies in their own communities.
- Beverly Watts Davis
- Bruce Purnell, Ph.D.
- Daryl Blacher
- Joyce Plummer, J.D.
- Melanie Plucinski
- Xiomara Owens, Ph.D.