Building trauma-informed communities is essential to improving the health and wellbeing of children, families, and the workforce. To support a strong foundation of anti-racist, trauma-informed, and resilience-focused practices and policies, this Mini-Conference will provide an overview of the root causes of inequity and historical trauma, while identifying the injury caused by racism and how it impacts structures throughout communities. Participants will work towards developing shared knowledge, language, and values around terminology in the trauma field, and learn about community-based participatory research and its application to the NC Trauma-Informed Communities Project. Finally, participants will have the opportunity to learn from the Rural Opportunity Institute about specific strategies that can be used in partnering with communities to create dialogue and reach shared understanding of the root causes of trauma
· Address the intersection of trauma with race and how systemic inequities and racist policies can contribute further to traumatic experiences.
· Examine the ways in which systemic racism affects trauma-informed communities.
· Identify the importance of shared language in a trauma-informed approach and what terms do and do not represent (e.g., trauma exposure, Adverse Childhood Experiences, toxic stress)
· Describe one method used to build partnerships with communities: Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and its application to the NC Trauma-Informed Communities Project.
· Understand a systems mapping process that Edgecombe County has undertaken to engage communities; and identify insights that resonate with one’s specific context.
· Understand the interventions that have worked in Edgecombe to shift systems from punitive to healing responses to people experiencing trauma.
· Practice strategies that can be used in communities to create dialogue and reach shared understanding of root causes of trauma.