Trauma Informed Care

Trauma can be caused by a single traumatic event, like a disaster, or be the result of prolonged exposure to adverse experiences, such as physical or emotional abuse and neglect. “Group trauma” is the result of collective adverse experiences, such as poverty, racism, discrimination, homelessness, food insecurity or other challenges. Some research suggests the impacts are inter-generational. 

Trauma informed organizations (TIOs) are committed to working with patients, staff and the community, to continuously improve healthcare quality and health outcomes for individuals and populations. TIO staff, policies and practices are responsive to the fact that trauma impacts the physical, cognitive, emotional and social functioning of individuals and groups, and influences their experiences with the institutions, such as the healthcare and social services systems, designed to help them. Trauma-informed organizations (TIOs) actively avoid re-traumatizing patients, as well as staff, by identifying and addressing the signs and symptoms of trauma, and consciously co-creating supportive, healing healthcare and work environments.

FACHC’s 2021 Trauma Informed Care Initiative

In 2021 FACHC launched our Trauma Informed Care Initiative to support Florida health centers in becoming trauma-informed systems of care. From January to March, we hosted a three-part webinar series on trauma-informed care, co-presented by Katherine Cavanaugh, Consumer Advocacy Manager at the National Healthcare for the Homeless Council and Colleen Bell, MD, FACHE, FAPA, Medical Director, Integrated Health at Sulzbacher Center in Jacksonville. You can access recordings, slides and resources from the series below.

Trauma, Health and Healthcare January 27th 2021 
Becoming a Trauma Informed Organization February 24th, 2021
Trauma, Toxic Stress and Self-Care March 31st, 2021


From April through July, we’re hosting a four-part trauma-informed leadership webinar series presented by Language of Caring, a division of Planetree International. Registration for the first webinar on April 28th 2021, Words That Matter: Person-centered Communication that Transforms Experience is now open!

Trauma Basics 

Glossary of Terms Related to Trauma-Informed, Integrated Healthcare NCTSN
INFOGRAPHIC Impact of Childhood Trauma Child Trends
VIDEO How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime Ted Talk 
Long-term Impacts of Trauma CDC
INFOGRAPHIC Trauma Informed Primary Care
Understanding the Effects of Trauma on Health CHS
VIDEO What is Trauma-Informed Care? CHS

Becoming a Trauma Informed Organization

INFOGRAPHIC Ten Ingredients for Trauma Informed Healthcare CHS
SAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach SAMHSA
Trauma-Informed Care (TIC): Why It Matters for Clients and Staff  NHCHC
Trauma-Informed Workgroup Meeting Guidelines Trauma-Informed Oregon
Essential Elements of a Trauma-Informed, Integrated Healthcare System NCTSN
Trauma Informed Integrated Care for Children and Families in Healthcare Settings NCTSN
CHECKLIST Trauma Informed Organizations Readiness Checklist NHCHC PDF
ASSESSMENT Trauma-Informed Organizations Assessment Metrics NHCHC
Issue Brief: Key Ingredients for Successful Trauma-Informed Care Implementation CHS
CHECK LIST Check List for Trauma-Informed Human Resources Practices National Council
TOOL Trauma Informed Policy and Procedure Audit Tool Trauma Transformed
Standards of Practice for Trauma Informed Care Trauma-Informed Oregon
CHECK LIST Trauma-Informed Environmental Scan Trauma Transformed 
Trauma Informed Care Benefiting Both Patients and Staff Trauma Informed Oregon
ISSUE BRIEF Key Ingredients for Successful Trauma-Informed Care Implementation CHS and RWJF 
The Need for Trauma Informed Care National Council 
COVID-19 Podcast Series: Trauma-Informed Care SAE
Shelter from the Storm: Trauma-Informed Care in Homelessness Services Settings Open Health Services and Policy Journal
Trauma Informed or Trauma Denied: Principles and Implementation of Trauma Informed Services for Women  Journal of Community Psychology
Trauma-Informed Primary Care: Fostering Resilience and Recovery National Council 

Updated 4/19/2021