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Mission

To create a healthy, just, resilient, and trauma-informed society where all individuals, families, and communities have the social, political, cultural, economic, and spiritual opportunities and support necessary to thrive.

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Goals

1.) To inform and advocate for public policies and programs at the federal, state, tribal, and local levels that incorporate scientific findings regarding the relationship between trauma and related social, economic, cultural, and health challenges across the lifespan.

2) To work in collaboration with people, large and small organizations, government, academic institutions, businesses, and more to dismantle oppression - including but not limited to racism, classism, sexism, transphobia/homophobia, and ableism - to develop trauma-informed, healing-centered, prevention-focused, and evidence-informed policies and practices that promote healthy and resilient communities.

Approach

CTIPP focuses explicitly on the common underpinnings of many of our most pressing social and health problems. Through open engagement, we work to expand and continuously improve our collaborative work across sectors and systems. We recognize that sustainable change in policies and programs requires the participation and leadership not only of those responsible for implementation, but also those for whom programs and policies are designed. We are committed to ensuring voice and choice for everyone, especially those that have been marginalized, discriminated against, and excluded from the opportunities that promote health and wellbeing.

CTIPP embraces an anti-racist, public health framework by addressing the injustices that cause poor health and supporting the integration of promotion, prevention, resilience-building and healing activities. We recognize the importance of historical and intergenerational inequities that impact health across the lifespan as well as the health and welfare of families. We know that people are fundamentally resilient and we prioritize actions and policies that support and build on natural strengths and disrupt practices and policies that perpetuate harm. We believe that trauma-informed approaches address social and economic justice as well as healing.

CTIPP recognizes that creating a just and trauma-informed society requires the development of broad-based, systemic solutions and structural reform in addition to new partnerships and funding mechanisms.

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Policy and Practice Agenda

  • CTIPP works to facilitate “practice-informed policy” and “policy-informed practice.” To achieve this broad vision, CTIPP develops cross-sector networks of influence, works with and through existing sector-based organizations and tribal communities, and builds and sustains relationships between practitioners in the field, advocates, and policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels. CTIPP uses these networks to identify structural, policy, and financial barriers to implementing comprehensive trauma-informed approaches, and uses effective channels of outreach to share information and promote action. This open information-sharing between practitioners and policymakers provides the foundation for systemic and structural change.
  • CTIPP works to help practitioners and policymakers understand that programs operating in “silos” are not as effective or efficient in addressing trauma as those that cut across organizational boundaries and generations and that integrate prevention, early intervention, and treatment.
  • CTIPP supports the expansion of trauma-informed, resilient community development by identifying, analyzing, and disseminating information to help communities implement sustainable, comprehensive trauma-informed approaches, with a focus on providing practical, concrete advice and implementation strategies.
  • CTIPP maintains a particular focus on the groups and individuals most severely affected by trauma, including historical trauma, childhood adversity, and complex trauma.
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  • CTIPP SUPPORTS POLICY AND PRACTICE THAT IS: Trauma-preventive, reducing trauma exposure and enhancing resilience Trauma-informed, mitigating the effects of trauma exposure Trauma-specific, improving access to trauma-focused services