A JOURNEY TO TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE IN MONTANA INDIAN HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONS
The Billings Area Office of Indian Health Services is partnering with Mountain-Pacific Quality Health on grant funding from the Montana Healthcare Foundation to support Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities, tribal health departments and urban Indian centers implement trauma-informed care. The project involves organizational and clinical practices in making widespread changes to address trauma and its impact on American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations in Montana.
What is trauma?
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) describes trauma as events or circumstances experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life-threatening that result in adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and wellbeing.
What is trauma-informed care?
Trauma-informed care takes the patient’s experience into account at a clinical and organizational level. According to SAMHSA, a trauma-informed organization
realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery; recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families and others; responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures and practices; and actively resists re-traumatization.
Who is Mountain-Pacific Quality Health?
Mountain-Pacific Quality Health is a nonprofit corporation that partners within its served communities to provide solutions for better health. Mountain-Pacific first opened its doors in Helena, Montana, in 1973, and since then has broadened to include Wyoming, Alaska, Hawaii and the U.S. Pacific Territories of Guam and American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Mountain-Pacific partners with health care providers, practitioners, stakeholders and patients on a variety of quality improvement initiatives to achieve better care, better population health and lower health care costs.
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Katelin Conway, MBA, MPH
Mountain-Pacific Quality Health
LeeAnn Bruised Head, MPH, CDR USPHS Commissioned Corps Officer
Public Health Adviser, Director – Office of Urban Indian Health Programs (OUIHP)
Billings Area Indian Health Service