Trauma-informed Healthcare Integration

Implications of Resilience, Stress, and Trauma for Primary Care and Behavioral Health (Paper for free download at the bottom of the page)

After many lifetimes' worth of frustration at the complex and chronic conditions that human beings bring into the healthcare system, we're finally starting to "get it."  Our efforts toward integrated primary care and behavioral health—however challenging they've been—might be our best hope of preventing and addressing these complex and deeply entrenched conditions.  If we can manage to do this in ways that respect and empower individuals, families, and communities, we have a chance to make life safer, healthier, and less painful for generations to come.

But even our best efforts won't work unless we:
  • Truly understand the importance of resilience in all its forms—individual, family, community—and learn how to find it, nurture it, harness it, and reward it
  • Acknowledge and address the powerful and pivotal role of stress and trauma in increasing our vulnerability to developmental challenges, acute and chronic illnesses, mental health issues, substance use disorders, risky behavior, crime, violence, and educational challenges.