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Trauma Informed Oregon Happenings May/June 2017

May 31, 2017 From Mandy Davis, LCSW, PhD, Director, Trauma Informed Oregon Trauma Informed Oregon Review As Trauma Informed Oregon’s (TIO) fiscal year ends (and because I said I would) I wanted to share some highlights from our work these past few years and what we're focusing on next. Our work here at Trauma Informed Oregon mostly falls into the four areas outlined in our framework, which include training and education, policy and investment, implementation and accountability, and centralized resources and community building. Lets look at some numbers [...]

Suicide Prevention Resources in Response to 13 Reasons Why

May 30, 2017 Resources compiled by Lee Ann Phillips, Center Manager, Trauma Informed Oregon We at Trauma Informed Oregon want to acknowledge the important conversations around the message and potential impact of 13 Reasons Why, a series on Netflix that depicts a suicide death as well as other difficult topics that youth can experience. Some suicide prevention experts have been concerned about the potential risks posed by the sensationalized treatment of youth suicide in this series. We suggest having a dialogue with youth and the adults who support [...]

Implementation, Training & Education Updates May/June 2017

May 25, 2017 From Ana Hristić, MA, MSW, CSWA, Training and Education Coordinator, Trauma Informed Oregon Train the Trainer Pilot was a great success! We were fortunate enough to host 18 community partners from across the state and across industries. During the two and a half days, we journeyed through each of the ten learning objectives of the Trauma Informed Oregon (TIO) Foundations of Trauma Informed Care curriculum. We also created partnership and support regarding facilitation best practices. I especially enjoyed seeing folks customize the content with their [...]

Trauma, Poverty, and Public Housing

May 23, 2017 From Jemila Hart, Employment and Education Services Coordinator for the Housing Authority of Clackamas County, and MSW Intern at Trauma Informed Oregon Low-income public housing providers are tasked with the responsibility to foster communities where people who have experienced tremendous adversity and poverty can find stability, healing, and opportunity to build a future for themselves and their families. My work in public housing is as a Resident Services Coordinator where I meet with new residents who, while on our nine year waitlist, are likely to [...]

Alternative Breakfast Service Models as a Method for Mitigating the Effects of Trauma

May 22, 2017 From Annie Marges, Oregon Department of Education, Child Nutrition Specialist, Direct Certification Coordinator Hunger Persists in Oregon Oregon continues to be one of a handful of states in which hunger persists, with one in six Oregonians experiencing food insecurity. Furthermore, studies demonstrate that hunger is a public health concern with long-term consequences that reach far beyond the classroom. With this in mind, Child Nutrition Programs have worked with the State Legislature to provide students with additional opportunities to eat breakfast and with partners around the state who [...]

Community Resilience to Trauma Offers Creative and Comprehensive Solutions

May 19, 2017 From Karah Frank, MSW Intern at Trauma Informed Oregon Stories of Resiliency Since I was little, I’ve been hearing stories about the problems in Indian Country. The narrative I learned about who Indians were and who I was, was a caricature equal parts domestic violence, alcoholism, poverty, Appaloosa paintings, and cast feather wall decor. In elementary school, I listened to the account of Chief Joseph with admiration and pity; as if what we were learning hadn’t happened to my ancestors, and, compared to the account of [...]

Equity for Common Good in Eastern Oregon – HOPE FOR ALL

May 17, 2017 From Peter Lawson, Member of the Malheur County Equity Team In order to create a long lasting impact, Equity for Common Good in Eastern Oregon created a practical, yet transformational, plan to advance equity by meeting communities where they are and allowing them to set the pace. The very intent of this project is to allow local communities do their own their work in advancing equity. Often in rural, remote, and isolated communities, people feel pressured from outside organizations to take on initiatives that are [...]

Trauma Informed Oregon Happenings March 2017

March 29, 2017 From Mandy Davis, LCSW, PhD, Director, Trauma Informed Oregon Across the State It has been quite the winter here in Portland and around Oregon with snow, rain, floods, some more rain, and a few rare sun breaks. In January, the Trauma Informed Oregon (TIO) staff took a day to reflect on what’s been accomplished and began discussing where we would like to direct our efforts. The ideas and needs you express to us when we visit your communities is what influences these decisions. I am [...]

Implementation, Training & Education Updates March 2017

From Ana Hristić, MA, MSW, CSWA, Training and Education Coordinator, Trauma Informed Oregon As the Education and Training Coordinator at Trauma Informed Oregon (TIO), I get the opportunity to engage in dialogue with folks in our community and then reflect on ways in which my training and practice is informed by all of you! I really love this part of my job! Earlier this month, I facilitated a workshop on workforce wellness with 30 Master’s degree students at Portland State University’s School of Social Work. I appreciated having [...]

Office of Equity & Inclusion and the Legislative Session

March 27, 2017 From Danielle Droppers, MSW, Regional Health Equity Coalition Coordinator, Office of Equity and Inclusion a Division of the Oregon Health Authority Tracking Legislation One of the many functions of the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) is to review and analyze legislative bills (i.e. proposed laws) during session. Since Oregon’s 2017 legislative session began on February 1, OEI has been busy reviewing, analyzing, and tracking over 70 bills. In our analyses, OEI uses an equity lens to critically evaluate and consider various unintended consequences of [...]