Trauma Informed Care Program
What is the Trauma Informed Care Program?
Community Health Centers in Texas provide primary and preventive care to medically underserved and uninsured people. Serving vulnerable populations may uncover many events and conditions that may have resulted from exposure to trauma (i.e., evacuation/displacement due to disasters, immigration, homelessness, active shooter experience, adverse childhood experiences, etc.). Therefore, TACHC is now approaching these critical issues through a preventive strategy by creating a trauma informed care environment in our health centers.
In a trauma informed environment, health centers can act as a bridges to healing, when individuals seek care and attempt to access well-being, whether through medical, dental, behavioral health services, or to address substance use disorders. Training and skills building can be developed to create a trauma informed care environments within our health centers in order to support the patient-centered/primary care medical homes. Universal trauma precautions can be provided through a strength-based approach for all health center staff and when engaging with all individuals.
A trauma informed care paradigm shift ensures a universal approach that requires training of health center leadership, board members, and all staff. Additionally, integration of the values associated with trauma informed care into adjusted health center policies and procedures cements the infrastructure, so that the approach to patients and patient care includes and incorporates key principles: Safety, Trust, Choice, Collaboration, Empowerment, and Cultural, Historical and Gender issues.
Our first cohort of the TIC Program consists of the following health centers:
AccelHealth (Cross Timbers Health Clinics), DeLeon
Carevide (Community Health Service Agency), Greenville
Community Health Development Inc., Uvalde
Gateway Community Health Center Inc., Laredo
Genesis PrimeCare (East Texas Border Health Clinic), Marshall
HOPE Clinic (Asian American Health Coalition), Houston
Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic, (LBUCC) Dallas
Matagorda Episcopal Health Outreach Program (MEHOP), Bay City
Project Vida Health Center, El Paso
Su Clinica (Su Clinica Familiar), Harlingen