142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Understanding How to Support and Build Resilience within Community Leaders

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014 : 11:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Nicole A. Vaughn, PhD , Department of Health Management & Policy, Drexel University School of Public Health, Philadelphia, PA
Carey Davis, D.Min , CityLights Network, Philadelphia, PA
Crystal Wyatt , School of Public Health, Department of Health Management and Policy, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Sandra Bloom, MD , Health Management & Policy, Drexel University School of Public Health, Philadelphia, PA
Prolonged exposure to community violence coupled with the demands of being a community leader may increase stress and negatively impact physical and mental health.  Community leaders living in high-crime, high-poverty neighborhoods often support individuals who have faced significant traumas (i.e., abuse, violence, mental illness, death), and may experience vicarious trauma.  The purpose of our research was to understand how to support and build resilience in community leaders working and living in these environments, as doing so is vital for their physical and mental health, and for overall community well-being.   Using a series of focus groups and pre/post survey assessments with a group of 13 community leaders from a community networking organization in Philadelphia, we identified types of stressors and coping strategies.  We delivered an introductory Sanctuary Model training and worked with the leaders to develop a trauma-informed training plan for the community.  Key findings of this research included community leaders describing positive and negative emotions regarding their community and residents, lack of self-care, and multiple physical and mental stressors.   The Professional Quality of Life (PROQOL) was administered and findings demonstrated that this group of leaders exhibited high compassion, low burnout and low secondary trauma.  Next steps in this research will be discussed as community leaders described the need for additional training.   Understanding how to build resilience in current and emerging community leaders living and working in these underserved neighborhoods is vital as they are a front line community resource.

Learning Areas:

Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Diversity and culture
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe and identify the multiple stressors and coping strategies of community leaders serving high crime, high poverty neighborhoods in Philadelphia Demonstrate components of the Sanctuary Model and how it can be used with community leaders representing different organizations Discuss the development of a trauma informed plan for training community leaders in the Sanctuary Model

Keyword(s): Community-Based Partnership & Collaboration, Community Health Planning

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was the Co-PI of this project and worked on all aspects of this project from its inception to the collection and presentation of the results to the community.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.