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Trenton Health Team Receives Grant to Train Health Care Workers to Better Address Childhood Trauma and Stress

Ruth Perry, head of the Trenton Health Team.
Ruth Perry, head of the Trenton Health Team.

The Trenton Health Team has received a $300,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support a training program for health care providers, emergency responders, and educators to help address issues related to childhood trauma and stress in the Trenton community.

Through the grant, the Trenton Health Team will create a network of providers to improve communication and referrals for Trenton residents to appropriate services within the community. Training will be offered to public safety personnel, school officials, and other non-medical representatives.

The Trenton Health Team recently completed a comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment and traumatic childhood trauma and development was an important part of the discussions.

“The impact of adverse childhood experiences on so many within the Trenton community was evident in our  community forums and our one-on-one meetings with residents,” said Ruth Perry, executive director of the Trenton Health Team.

Research show that there is a strong link between trauma and poor health outcomes. It is the root cause of problems like  obesity, substance abuse, and chronic disease.

“Helping people to heal from the trauma that so many of them experienced as children, which continues to plague them, their homes, and neighborhoods today, is an enormous undertaking through which we can begin to turn the tide and move the city towards a culture of health,” Perry said.

The National Council for Behavioral Health, a leader in the field of trauma care, will work with the Trenton Health Team to implement the program. The National Council coordinates the Mental Health First Aid program across the United States.

The Trenton Health Team  is an alliance of the city’s major providers of healthcare services including Capital Health, St. Francis Medical Center, Henry J. Austin Health Center and the City of Trenton Health Department. In collaboration with residents and the city’s social services network, the group is working to try to create an integrated healthcare delivery system to transform the city’s fragmented primary care system and restore health to the city.

Written by
Krystal Knapp

Krystal has been a journalist in the Trenton area since 1999. A graduate of Smith College and Princeton Theological Seminary, she is from Detroit. She likes baseball, cats, jazz, ukulele, typewriters, chai, and good coffee. Follow her @planettrenton.

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Written by Krystal Knapp