Trauma-Informed Care

Childhood trauma and other types of traumatic stress have wide ranging and long term effects on health. According to the Center for Health Care Strategies, “Exposure to abuse, neglect, discrimination, violence, and other adverse experiences increase a person’s lifelong potential for serious health problems and engaging in health-risk behaviors, as documented by the landmark Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study. Because of the ACE study, and other subsequent research, health care policymakers and providers increasingly recognize that exposure to traumatic events, especially as children, heighten patients’ health risks long afterward.

“As health care providers grow aware of trauma’s impact, they are realizing the value of trauma-informed approaches to care. Trauma-informed care acknowledges the need to understand a patient’s life experiences in order to deliver effective care and has the potential to improve patient engagement, treatment adherence, health outcomes, and provider and staff wellness. A set of organizational competencies and core clinical guidelines is emerging to inform effective treatment for patients with trauma histories, but more needs to be done to develop an integrated, comprehensive approach that ranges from screening patients for trauma to measuring quality outcomes.” (

AHECWW works with the Center for Excellence Allied Health to coordinate professional development opportunities such as the 2018 conference on ACES and Trauma-Informed Care with a Special Focus on Health Workforce Development.

Topics included:

  1. Culturally Responsive Trauma-Informed Systems of Care delivery.
  2. Importance of Trauma-Informed Staff Training and Health Workforce Development.
  3. Strategies for Care of the Caregivers and Self-care Techniques.
  4. Applying concepts of culturally responsive approaches to trauma-informed advocacy
  5. Victim-Survivor Centered approaches for care delivery.
  6. Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) best practices, policies, and procedures for the organizations