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 Trauma Informed Care Initiative will support Florida’s Health Centers in becoming trauma-informed organizations (TIOs), by providing training, technical assistance, tools and peer support to build their trauma-informed capacity. Things kick off January 27th, 2021 with a three-part webinar series co presented by the National Healthcare for the Homeless Council, a Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) National Training and Technical Assistance Partner (NTTAP) and Sulzbacher Center, a homeless and community health center in Jacksonville, Florida. Learn more and REGISTER!


NEW! Trauma Informed Organizations Toolkit National Healthcare for the Homeless Council (NHCHC), 2020. This is an outcome of NHCHC’s three-year learning collaborative with health centers across the country. It contains practical tools to help organizations assess their trauma-informed capacity, manage organizational change and improve their policies and practices.
Key Ingredients for Successful Trauma-Informed Care Implementation Issue brief from the Center for Healthcare Strategies and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Need for Trauma Informed Care National Council for Behavioral Healthcare
COVID-19 Podcast Series: Trauma-Informed Care SAE
Trauma-Informed Care: A Paradigm Shift Needed for Services with Homeless Veterans Journal of Professional Case Management, 2014
Trauma Informed Care National Coalition for the Homeless
Trauma: Understand the Linkages Between Trauma and Homelessness, Including Sexual, Psychological, or Physical Abuse Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Shelter from the Storm: Trauma-Informed Care in Homelessness Services Settings Open Health Services and Policy Journal, Added April 2020
WEBINAR RECORDING: Being Trauma Informed and Its Role in Ending Homelessness National Healthcare for the Homeless Council
Healthcare for the Homeless Model of Care National Healthcare for the Homeless Council Powerpoint
Trauma Informed or Trauma Denied: Principles and Implementation of Trauma Informed Services for Women Journal of Community Psychology, Added April 2020
Trauma-Informed Primary Care: Fostering Resilience and Recovery National Council for Behavioral Health


Updated 12/25/2020