142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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You Are Going to Die Here: Developing Trauma Interventions by Collaborating with Young Men of Color Exposed to Violence

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

Linnea Ashley, MPH , Youth ALIVE!, Oakland, CA
Anne Marks, MPP , National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs, Youth ALIVE!, Oakland, CA
Vincent Chong, MD, MS , Department of Surgery, UCSF-East Bay, Oakland, CA
Randi Smith, MD, MPH , Department of Surgery, UCSF East Bay, Oakland, CA
Gregory Victorino, M.D. , Surgery Traima Services, University of CAlifornia San Francisco - East Bay, Oakland, CA
Henrissa Bassey, MPH , Youth ALIVE!, Oakland, CA
Young men of color in the United States experience disproportionate amounts of violence, both as victims of violent injury and as witnesses to trauma. In this reality, place matters. An abundance of research has documented the correlation between an individual’s zip code and their likelihood of experiencing violence. Despite this link between race, gender, place, and violence, services for young men of color often fail to account for their social contexts and lived experiences.  Moreover, there is a dearth of research detailing recommendations from young men of color who are exposed to trauma, perpetuating a system in which trauma services are not informed by the population they are designed to help.  

To better support the health needs of young men of color, Youth ALIVE! conducted interviews with 69 men of color, ages 18-30. Participants were asked to share how they access supports and services, how they identify their own trauma needs, and their recommendations for eliminating barriers that currently prevent individuals from accessing trauma services.  Following this, participants trialed several interventions aimed at lessening symptoms of trauma: trauma psycho-education, breathing exercises, sleep and health education, sensory grounding exercise, a muscle relaxation exercise, hand massage, and creating a “self-care plan.”

This presentation will describe our participants’ insights, lessons learned, and recommendations for developing culturally informed trauma services. We will discuss the concept of trauma-informed care and best practices in local hospital and community-based violence prevention programs.

As this project was just recently completed, we are submitting to the late breaker sessions.

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture
Other professions or practice related to public health
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Discuss recommendations from young men of color to improve quality, culturally informed trauma services Identify the utility of key informant interviews to inform health care standards Define the principles of trauma-informed care when working with an acutely traumatized population

Keyword(s): Violence & Injury Prevention, Cultural Competency

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As the National Training and Advocacy Manager at Youth ALIVE! I manage the technical assistance of the National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs, a network that brings together violence prevention and intervention programs to develop best practices, collaborate on research, and affect policy change. I manage research projects on best practices for violence intervention and works with students to help them develop advocacy skills.I received my Master of Public Health from Tulane University.
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.