Michele Mercer, MCC Chief Clinical Integration Officer, left, and Sandy McDougal, Project Manager, Clinical Integration with Ebony Patterson-White, Millennium Community Health Worker Coordinator, at WNY Trauma Informed Community Initiative graduation ceremonies.
Ebony Patterson-White, Millennium Community Health Worker Coordinator, recently graduated from the Western New York Trauma Informed Community Initiative (TICI), a six-month learning collaborative designed to train identified Champions on creating trauma-informed organizational change, including creating a policy resolution calling for county legislatures to embrace trauma-informed care.
As a member of the Health Foundation’s Health Leadership Fellows Program Cohort V (Team Mozart), Ebony was one of 36 team members celebrated in a January ceremony held at Hospice Buffalo featuring Guest Speaker Dr. Mandy Davis of Trauma Informed Oregon
Keynote speaker Dr. Mandy Davis shares best practice from Trauma Informed Oregon.
Trauma Informed Oregon is a statewide collaborative that works in partnership with providers, organizations and individuals who have experienced trauma in order to promote and sustain trauma- informed policies and practices. Dr. Davis works with Trauma Informed Oregon to provide training, consultation and workforce development to organizations and systems around trauma-informed care and trauma-specific services.
In Spring 2017, members of the Health Foundation’s Health Leadership Fellows Program Cohort V (Team Mozart) received a grant through the Health Foundation to build a team of trauma-informed care “Champions” across the eight counties of Western New York.
With their graduation, Ebony and her “Mozart” teammates are now able to bring information, resources and skills to others; train new hires and continue the trauma-informed change process for overall sustainability. Currently, ITTIC and the Champions are working together with the TICI Legislative Committee to finalize the policy resolution. The team will come together with TICI and the community in order to present the work they have done during the collaborative and decide on next steps to continue making Western New York a trauma-informed community.