Knowledge regarding the impact of trauma on individual health and behavior has become more mainstream in health care over the last several years. However, the effects of trauma on groups, organizations, and entire systems of care, are not as widely understood. The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) recently spoke with Sandra Bloom, MD, associate professor of health management and policy at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health and co-founder of the Sanctuary Model, to better understand how trauma impacts health care organizations, including the patients and staff that make up those organizations, and how organizations can address trauma and get started with trauma-informed care.
Dr. Bloom has built her career around helping organizations change their culture and practices to embody trauma-informed care principles. She recently served as an advisor for Advancing Trauma-Informed Care, an initiative led by CHCS through support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that sought to uncover how trauma-informed approaches can be practically implemented throughout the health care sector.