Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

October 30, 2017 | Webinar

Date: October 30, 2017, 12:30–2:00 pm ET (9:30–11:00 am PT)

Health policymakers and practitioners increasingly recognize trauma as an important factor that influences health throughout the lifespan. By incorporating trauma-informed approaches to care across health care systems, health care professionals can more effectively care for patients and support efforts to improve health outcomes, reduce avoidable hospital utilization, and curb excess costs.

This webinar will highlight strategies for implementing trauma-informed organizational practices across large health systems. Dr. Ken Epstein of the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH), will describe the agency’s Trauma-Informed Systems initiative and its goal to transform SFDPH into a healing organization – for both clients and staff. Dr. Rahil Briggs of the Montefiore Medical Group in the Bronx, NY, will discuss the organization’s trauma-informed care implementation efforts in its 22-site outpatient network.

Health care providers, administrators, policymakers, health plans and other interested stakeholders are invited to join this 90-minute webinar. The webinar series, made possible by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is a product of Advancing Trauma-Informed Care, a national initiative aimed at understanding how trauma-informed approaches can be practically implemented across the health care sector.


I. Introduction

Speaker: Christopher Menschner, Senior Program Officer, CHCS

Mr. Menschner will welcome participants and provide an overview of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma, the impact of ACEs/trauma on health, and the value of embedding a focus on trauma-informed care within an organization’s culture and practices.

II. Building a Trauma-Informed Organizational Culture

Speaker: Ken Epstein, PhD, LCSW, Director, Child, Youth, and Family System of Care, San Francisco Department of Public Health

Dr. Epstein will describe SFDPH’s Trauma-Informed Systems initiative and its goal to transform SFDPH into a healing organization. He will outline their model, strategies for disseminating trauma-informed principles throughout the organization, lessons from supporting organizational culture change, and plans for sustaining SFDPH’s trauma-focused efforts.

III. Implementing Trauma-Informed Care Across a Health System

Speaker: Rahil Briggs, PsyD, Director of Pediatric Behavioral Health Services at Montefiore Medical Group

Dr. Briggs will discuss strategies for addressing trauma throughout a health system based on experiences scaling a trauma-informed care framework across Montefiore Medical Group in the Bronx, NY. She will highlight Montefiore’s approach to implementing universal ACEs screening, a system-wide learning collaborative on trauma-informed care, and a newly created Critical Incident Management Team that provides support to staff following any traumatic incident.

IV. Moderated Q&A

A moderated question and answer session will follow each presentation.