Preventing and Treating Trauma
The RR Coalition is working on the following goals and strategies:
1) An empathetic community that recognizes how trauma impacts children and families and actively works to identify and address it
- Develop and execute a community awareness campaign that highlights the social and economic impacts trauma has on Richland County and educates the community on how they can help
- Adopt community-wide prevention programs for educational, healthcare, business, faith-based, and other organizations to assist in identifying and eradicating trauma
2) An integrated, child-serving system of care where trauma-informed public, private, and community providers prevent, treat, and respond to the needs of the children, families, and the broader community
- Develop tools, practices, and models to help prevent traumatic events from occurring and assist in early identification of trauma in families
- Create a consistent training model for application across system
- Establish a universal screening tool to identify all children experiencing trauma
- Explore the creation of a resiliency team that collaboratively, holistically, and directly works with children and families experiencing trauma
- Build a shared database for collecting, managing, and disseminating information that consistently informs strategies that achieve measurable outcomes
The first phase of the Coalition focused on aligning key agencies and organizations in Richland County to develop a deeper understanding of the problem and then to collectively work to combat the negative lifelong consequences toxic stress causes children.
A series of one-on-one interviews and surveys were completed in the first quarter of 2018. The information gathered helped establish a framework/model to which the Coalition could react, update, and inform future action.