Online Program

Trauma-Informed Care Training for Healthcare Providers: Online Clinical Training Cases from the Office on Women's Health

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Michelle Hoersch, MS, Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Chicago, IL
Sheela Raja, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago
Shairi Turner-Davis, M.D., MPH, Division of Disability Determinations, Florida Department of Health, Tallahassee, FL
Norm Berman, MD, MedU, Hanover, NH
Exposure to traumatic events are potentially the greatest threat to health. Research findings, including the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Study, illustrate the enormous impact that trauma has on health outcomes. Exposure to traumatic events predisposes affected individuals to poor health outcomes, including obesity, heart disease and HIV. Patients often do not disclose trauma information to their healthcare providers, and even when they do, physicians are not always aware of the impact this history may have on the patient’s health.

In order to address this problem, The Office on Women’s Health, in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has created an innovative and evidenced-based set of on-line, clinical cases. These cases present tools and skills to help healthcare providers to interact effectively with patients, particularly women and girls with histories of trauma. The goal is to promote the patient-provider relationship, improve patient engagement in care, and prevent re-traumatization.  There is a growing consensus that trauma-informed care is a necessary practice to implement in patient settings. 

Due to the demand, innovation and accessibility, we expect these online trainings to become a model program that can be replicated and expanded to other populations such as men and boys. We have done an exhaustive search to ensure that nothing like these online, trauma-informed trainings exists, and have found that such a resource is sought after by many experts and institutions.  We will demonstrate segments from the first foundational cases during the session.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Clinical medicine applied in public health
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Describe the relationship among traumatic exposure and physical, mental and behavioral health status and outcome Explain the principles of trauma-informed care and how to adapt these practices into healthcare providers’ patient interactions Demonstrate the online training modules and how to access them for further training with respect to various clinical settings and populations

Keyword(s): Medical Care, Training

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the Women’s Health Public Health Advisor in the Office on Women’s Health in Region V for over 18 years. I have led multiple programs and initiatives addressing women’s health across the lifespan with a particular emphasis on the impact of trauma.I am an active national leader in the effort to increase awareness of the prevalence and impact of the exposure to traumatic events and the importance of delivering trauma-informed care.
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.