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Trauma and PTSD

photo_traumaWHP is nationally known for its research about the high rates and negative impact of past trauma on the lives of our patients.

WHP is well known for pioneering a new model of primary care that focuses on helping women heal from trauma and prevent further abuse. This care includes a robust system to screen women for recent and past trauma, a program to prevent intimate partner violence, and interventions to empower women to recover from past trauma and regain their safety, self-confidence, and goals for the future. The Director of WHP, Dr. Edward Machtinger, is a national expert on this topic and has presented in many forums including the new Presidential Working Group on the Intersection of HIV/AIDS, Violence against Women, and Gender Related Health Disparities.

WHP is now in the process of clarifying the elements of a new model of trauma-informed primary care and conducting demonstration projects to evaluate it. To this end, WHP convened a meeting of national leaders from the various domains of trauma at the Aspen Institute in Washington D.C. on Aug 22 and 23, 2013, to reach consensus about key elements of this new model and strategies to scale it broadly. Ultimately, our goal is to identify and evaluate an evidenced based model of trauma-informed primary care that will help patients in this country and abroad become safe, healthy, and empowered.