Trauma's Impact on Public Health
Trauma is an event or experience, such as family violence or homelessness, that has a negative impact on an individual. Trauma can negatively impact healthy development, relationships, and contribute to mental health issues including substance abuse.
Trauma impacts all three WCHD Health Priorities:
- Violence Prevention
- Maternal and Child Health
- Mental and Behavioral Health
Becoming a Trauma Informed Community
The long-term effect on a person with trauma can be reduced through an informed and supportive community. The Winnebago County Health Department is leading a collaborative effort toward becoming a trauma informed community. This collaboration of partners, known as the Winnebago County Trauma Informed Community, recognizes the collective impact of adverse experiences and fosters resiliency and well-being in its residents. Workgroups have been formed to train and educate the community, hold community events and discussions, address policies and practices, and reduce re-traumatization.
Several workgroups have been formed to address trauma. Click here to view descriptions, meeting schedule, and links to reports.
Learn about Trauma and help build resiliency in your community.