More than three-quarters of Medicaid recipients report experiences of trauma and violence during their childhoods. These experiences may include verbal, physical or sexual abuse; living in poverty or violent surroundings, including war zones; or living with family members who struggle with substance abuse, mental illness or extreme disability. Research demonstrates that there is a direct correlation between traumatic experiences and the 10 most common causes of death in the United States.
The U.S. healthcare system continues to struggle to reach this high-risk population, many whom also have multiple comorbid chronic health conditions. It is imperative that today’s patient-centered and whole-person healthcare teams take a proactive trauma-informed approach to care delivery. Trauma-informed care begins by first understanding the problem and then identifying patients who have endured or witnessed over the course of their lives any number of adverse or traumatic experiences.
- Understand adverse/traumatic experiences and trauma-informed care delivery.
- Examine the correlation between trauma and physical health as well as the importance of integrating treatment through trauma-informed care.
- Identify who is at risk for adverse or traumatic experiences.
- Learn how to recognize and mitigate patient behaviors that often are the result of trauma.
- Discuss screening tools for primary care practices.
Who Should Attend
Physicians, physician assistants, nurses, and other healthcare practitioners; executives of health systems, physician practices, FQHCs, and other provider organizations; executives of Medicaid managed care plans; Medicaid directors and staff.