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How the COVID-19 Pandemic is Highlighting the Importance of Trauma-Informed Care: Q&A with Dr. Edward Machtinger

COVID-19 and the stressors it is placing on individuals’ physical, emotional, and financial wellbeing create a new imperative for health care systems to look to trauma-informed care to sup... more

July 7, 2020
The Importance of Integrated Care Models that Address Medical, Behavioral, and Social Health Needs

Years ago, when I worked as a certified nurse-midwife in a federally qualified health center in the South Bronx in New York City, I worried: Was I actually helping the women that I cared for... more

January 29, 2020
Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences through a Coordinated Statewide Response in New Jersey

States nationwide increasingly recognize the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on their communities, families, businesses, and workplaces. ACEs include all types of abuse, negle... more

July 31, 2019
At the Front Lines in Tennessee: Rural Clinic Offers Trauma-Informed Treatment for Substance Use Disorder

After serving as a Navy corpsman during the Vietnam era, Dan Sumrok, MD, DFASAM, ABAM, ABPM, published an article in the West Virginia Medical Journal on what he perceived as a connection be... more

June 3, 2019
How Understanding Trauma Can Strengthen Health Care Organizations: A Q&A with Sandra Bloom

Knowledge regarding the impact of trauma on individual health and behavior has become more mainstream in health care over the last several years. However, the effects of trauma on groups, or... more

May 28, 2019
Policy Update: State and Federal Movement to Advance Trauma-Informed Care

Over the past year, the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) has been monitoring state and federal policymakers’ interest in addressing early adversity, toxic stress, and trauma to pro... more

November 15, 2018
What Does it Take to Become Trauma-Informed? Lessons from Early Adopters

Trauma-informed care has emerged as a core competency to improve how health care organizations deliver services to people who have experienced adverse life events. Through the Advancing Trau... more

October 18, 2018
Prioritizing Opportunities to Advance the Field of Trauma-Informed Care

Earlier this spring, the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) convened nearly 100 health care providers, payers, researchers, and leaders from the health, education, and philanthropic se... more

July 10, 2018
Welcome Upswing of State and Federal Support for Trauma-Informed Practices and Policies

Across the country, policy leaders are paying greater and greater attention to the impact of trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on lifelong physical, emotional, and social healt... more

April 26, 2018