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Building a Trauma Resilient Kingston (BTR-Kingston) is a program that provides education for our community at-large, our own medical providers, health center staff and caregivers, children and families about the impacts of toxic stress on health.
What we do:
Research shows that what we experience as children can affect us into adulthood. Challenges children face in school, life – and ultimately with their health – are often the symptoms of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress.
The good news is, the earlier we can identify that a child is experiencing ACEs and toxic stress, the sooner children and families can connect to the services they need to prevent or heal the effects.
By identifying and assessing risk in children and youth with an ACEs screening tool, we can offer more effective tools and services that prevent long-term health and behavioral problems. Screening for ACEs is also an opportunity to educate families about the link between adversity and negative health outcomes, and to make the right referrals for prevention and treatment.
The Kingston City School District
Mental health clinicians from the Institute for Family Health are working with school administrators at JFK Elementary School to train teachers and staff in how to provide trauma-informed practices to their students.
“We have shifted our thinking from ‘What is wrong with you?’ to ‘What has happened to you?’ and ‘What is strong in you?’. — said Melissa Jameison, principal of JFK Elementary School
Live Well Kingston
This initiative from the Kingston Mayor’s office targets community wellness through five focus groups: Age Well, Heal Well, Travel Well, Eat Well, Play Well.
We have partnered with the Heal Well focus group to collaborate on events in the Kingston community that promote child wellness and resiliency, as well as educating community members about framing childhood trauma as a public health issue.
Mid-Hudson Valley Family Residency
We are working with our medical residents in training them in providing trauma-informed care as part of a trauma-centered medical education.
We are proud to be a part of this committee, consisting of a variety of social services organizations, to create a system of care that targets the complex needs of all people in Ulster county. We will be working together to improve access to our services and foster collaboration among committee members.
BTR Kingston is made possible through grants from the Doris Duke Foundation and the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation.
We offer trauma-informed medical, dental and behavioral health care at our health centers.
Please call (844)-434-2778 for an appointment.