Building a Trauma Informed Community
The impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on physical health, mental health and substance misuse are well-documented and are of special concern during the COVID-19 pandemic. As ACEs disrupt childhood and family health, Arizona prevention advocates are improving the lives of people who experience trauma and are often marginalized. This presentation describes the South Mountain WORKS Coalition’s Community Health and Resilience Program (CHRP), centered on educating and healing South Phoenix through trauma-informed community building. The CHRP provides opportunities for communities to have meaningful engagement in the change process, build trusting community relationships and understand how feeling safe and valued serves as a means of healing from a long history of community traumas.
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1) Understand the effects of trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on traditionally marginalized and oppressed communities
2) Identify key examples of how the 12 sectors of a community are engaged to increase trauma-informed community building and create cross-sector collaborations
3) Describe trauma-informed community building, including the Community Health and Resilience Program (CHRP), and its role in building resilience to ACEs and toxic stress as a means of reducing substance misuse