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Incorporating racial equity into trauma-informed care

D. Richards
Center for Health Care Strategies


  • Racism is trauma and should be treated as such in any comprehensive trauma-informed care framework.
  • Trauma-informed care requires a nuanced understanding of not only how trauma impacts the lives and care of patients, but the root causes behind that trauma.
  • This brief offers practical considerations to help health systems and provider practices incorporate a focus on racial equity to enhance trauma-informed care efforts. It draws from the experiences of two federally qualified health centers — the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services in Philadelphia and Bread for the City in Washington, D.C.

Richards D. Incorporating racial equity into trauma-informed care. Center for Health Care Strategies. September 2021. Available online.

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Social Determinant of Health