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COVID-19 Health Workers Suffer Combat-type Moral Trauma

A Duke University study shows that, amid COVID-19, US healthcare workers (HCWs) had similar rates of potential moral injury (PMI)—a type of trauma-induced wound to the psyche—as military combat veterans. The study, published yesterday in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, surveyed 2,099 HCWs in 2020 and 2021 and 618 military veterans deployed to a combat zone after the Sep 11, 2001, US terrorist attacks about PMIs they may have experienced. PMI is a distressing reaction to exposure to traumatic events that may have psychological, behavioral, social, and spiritual effects. Depression, lower quality of life Of ...

New Data Reports on ACEs Aware Training and Screening

New data reports are now available that detail the number of Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) screenings conducted in California between January 1 and June 30, 2020, and the number of providers who have completed the “Becoming ACEs Aware in California” core online training. Since launching the ACEs Aware initiative in December 2019, more than 15,500 providers have taken the training. About 9,100 Medi-Cal providers in California have attested to completing the training and are receiving Medi-Cal payment for conducting qualified ACE screenings. Medi-Cal providers – primarily pediatric, family medicine, and internal medicine physicians – have conducted over 155,000 ...

Santa Clara County Offers Tools, Training to Prepare for AB 340 Trauma "Screening" Bill Effective July 1

Trauma informed care is a model of care intended to promote healing and reduce risk for retraumatization. Early identification of trauma and providing the appropriate treatment are critical tools for reducing long-term healthcare costs for both children and adults. Individuals who experienced trauma in childhood are at significantly increased risk of heart diseases and diabetes compared to those who did not experience traumatic events. Research has shown that individuals who experienced several traumatic childhood events are likely to die 20 years sooner than those without these experiences. These physical health costs ...