Dear colleagues, partners, and neighbors across Oregon,
Trauma Informed Oregon (TIO) is OPEN—don’t worry, not physically open. We are absolutely following physical distancing to flatten the curve, to protect others, and to respect the great sacrifices that so many are making. We have been in touch with many groups on their thinking about Coronavirus and COVID-19 responses through a trauma-informed (TI) lens and how this is happening across sectors and regions in the state.
This is uncharted territory; however, the principles, knowledge, and practices of trauma informed care (TIC) can help us in our efforts to reduce the impact of the acute stress, to prevent unnecessary trauma-inducing policies, to mitigate and respond to the long-term impacts of toxic stress, and to prepare for healing and repair as this evolves. We do this work by centering diversity, equity, and inclusion knowing that although we are all experiencing this, the impact and needs will be different across communities.
I am focused on how
- we maintain social connection as this is a significant buffer to toxic stress,
- we think about the immediate needs but also the long-term needs of this event,
- we support those for whom there is no house or their home is not safe,
- we can support leaders to best support staff and communities.
More than anything I am focused on how Trauma Informed Oregon can be supportive to you.