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Ask the Expert: The Value of Integrating Trauma Informed Care for the Healthy Start Community

February 3, 2015

Exposure to traumatic events is an extremely common occurrence in the U.S. In fact, most individuals, particularly women and girls, will experience multiple traumatic events as children and throughout their lives. These experiences have the potential to dramatically impact behavioral health which subsequently often translates into challenges with physical, mental and social well-being. In this brief introduction to these issues, we will present an overview of the prevalence of traumatic exposure and the relationship of trauma to health. In addition, we will provide basic introductory information and principles on the concept and implementation of Trauma-Informed Care (TIC). Understanding trauma and incorporating TIC principles into Healthy Start programs has the potential to prevent retraumatization and better engage participants in care and services. Please join the EPIC Center and Michelle Hoersch, Region V Coordinator for the Office on Women’s Health for a 60 minute Ask the Expert webinar which will cover the importance of integrating trauma-informed care specific to the Healthy Start community. Ms. Hoersch will also share valuable resources for learning more about the approach. During the webinar, you will have ample opportunity to ask Ms. Hoersch questions.

Following this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the terms “trauma exposure” and “adverse childhood experiences”
  • Be knowledgeable about the prevalence of various common traumatic events in the U.S.
  • Increase awareness of the relationship among exposure to traumatic events and behavioral, physical and mental health, and well-being
  • Be aware of the concept of Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) and basic principles of TIC and how to make simple adjustments to programming and service delivery to dramatically reduce risk of retraumatization and increase likelihood of improved engagement in care
  • Access trauma-informed care resources and training opportunities


Michelle Hoersch, MS Office on Women’s Health – Region V U.S. Department of Health and Human Services