Building a Trauma-Informed Community

What is a "trauma-informed community?"

A trauma-informed community understands, recognizes and responds to the effects of all types of trauma. Trauma-informed communities emphasize physical, psychological and emotional safety for providers and for patients,and help all involved rebuild a sense of control and empowerment. Understanding the impact of trauma is an important first step in becoming a compassionate and supportive community.

Learn about the principles of being trauma-informed   

Why us? Why now?

Faculty and staff in the health colleges and MSU Healthcare have been affected by the Nassar tragedy and by the efforts to address it. Grief and guilt are common reactions. The College of Human Medicine Workgroup On Vulnerable Populations, led by Drs. Claudia Finkelstein and Jennifer Johnson, wanted to do something to help strengthen and support faculty and staff, so that we can take better care of our patients, our students and each other.   

The effort has several components, two of which are described below.

Small group reflections on our experiences

Faculty and staff come together with the goal to discuss experiences related to the Nassar tragedy and its aftermath: What has it been like? What has been helpful or unhelpful in dealing with it? How can we be more trauma-informed in interacting with each other?

Small group reflections are 90-120 minute sessions open to all faculty and staff in the Colleges of Human Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine and Nursing, as well as MSU Healthcare.

Register for an upcoming small group reflection

Speaker Series

The speaker series is open to all. Please join us!

More speakers to be announced.

Contact us with questions, comments or suggestions