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Teaching trauma-informed practices to students and residents in health care fields

Date:  Monday, May 14th, 2018

Time: 10:00-11:00 am PDT /1:00-2:00 pm EDT

The CDC/Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study showed how childhood trauma affects long-term health outcomes, and it has led to an entire body of research on trauma and resilience building that is changing the way that health care providers practice patient care.

Recent research from the National Survey of Children’s Health shows why such training to the next line of health care providers is imperative: It found that 38 percent of children in every state have one or more ACEs, putting them at greater risk for a host of chronic health problems, including heart disease and diabetes, and at greater risk for substance use and attempted suicides.

Our speakers will address these pressing issues and provide suggestions on how to tailor curriculum to educate students in the medical and health care fields about trauma-informed practices.

Webinar recording


Panelist: Andrew Seaman is an assistant professor of medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. He is board certified in internal medicine and in addiction medicine. He is an educator and has taught medical residents about the implementation of trauma-informed care practices, and he serves as a healthcare-for-the-homeless clinician at Central City Concern’s Old Town Clinic in Portland. His specific research interests include the intersection of Hepatitis C and injection drug use, medication –assisted therapy for opioid use disorders in incarcerated populations and the implementation of trauma-informed care practices into healthcare systems.
Panelist: O’Nesha Cochran works with the Mental Health Association of Oregon as a Certified Recovery Mentor at Oregon Health & Science University. As a peer, she assists addicts with complicated health issues from bedside as inpatients until they are ready to transition to the community. She then helps support their enrollment into treatment and/or teaches them how to utilize harm reduction skills when applicable.

Cochran received her certificate in Addictions Counseling in 2015, and her Associate of Applied Science degree from Portland Community College in 2016. She will be completing a Bachelors of Social Work degree from Portland State University in June 2018.

Cochran has trained medical residents and has been involved in training local providers through the project ECHO Tele-health Care Program. She also trains peer mentors and has been a speaker at several health care conferences.

Cochran brings to her work the knowledge that comes from experiencing 22 years of active addiction and 15 years in prison.

She attributes her success, recovery and return to society to having access to appropriate care. Because of her experiences, she is passionate about helping other addicts get clean and learn to live self-sufficiently.

Moderator: Laurie Udesky is an award-winning health and science reporter whose work has appeared in many news and magazine outlets, including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and She is a staff reporter for ACEs Connection and the community manager for ACEs in Pediatrics.


Teaching trauma-informed practices to students and residents in health care fields

ACEs Connection supports communities to accelerate ACEs science.

ACEs Connection is a social network that supports communities to accelerate the global ACEs science movement, to recognize the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in shaping adult behavior and health, and to promote trauma-informed and resilience-building practices and policies in all communities and institutions — from schools to prisons to hospitals and churches — to help heal and to develop resilience instead of traumatizing already traumatized people.