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Module 5: Public Health Approach and Cost-Benefits of Trauma-Informed Care

Please click on the Issue Brief to learn more about the public health approach and cost-benefits of trauma-Informed Care. Then watch the Video Interviews to hear from individuals who provide background and share lessons learned. For a comprehensive list of links to additional resources and materials, click on Resources on the bottom of the page.

Introductory Video to Module 5.

Public Health.

Understanding trauma as a preventable public health issue that has an impact on everyone is central in creating trauma-informed systems. Trauma has serious downstream consequences for individuals experiencing the trauma and their families and for communities and society in general. Trauma must be addressed as a public health problem to institute appropriate universal prevention strategies that break the cycle and reduce the cost for individuals and society. In this video, leaders highlight the importance of understanding and approaching trauma as a public health issue, what is known, and what is still needed to enhance prevention and early intervention.

Fiscal Benefits.

Implementing programs to prevent trauma, intervene early, provide treatment, and build resilience requires financial investments by states and providers. We know that these programs work and that not investing in them imposes great costs on individuals, families, communities, and society. In this video, interviewees share their insights into why investments for trauma prevention and responses are needed and the positive returns on such investments.

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