Zero to Thrive at Michigan Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Success by 6 Great Start Collaborative at the Washtenaw Intermediate School District have formed a partnership to increase county-wide capacity of a broad group of service providers in delivering trauma-informed care to vulnerable families with young children.
This project is responsive to the clear need for evidence-based health promotion, prevention and intervention designed for at-risk mothers to serve as early intervention for their children. A recent survey, conducted by the current project partners, of more than 200 providers of early childhood services in Washtenaw County (including early childhood education, the court system, health services, and mental health) revealed a strong perceived need for training and support in delivering evidence-based services and strategies for promoting resilience among families facing adversity. Our team has been meeting regularly with a community-based cross-sector steering committee to identify needs and opportunities for promoting trauma-informed strategies and building capacity.
The main goal of this proposed project is to meet this need and increase county-wide capacity of service providers to deliver trauma-informed care to vulnerable families with young children. Target activities include (a) broad outreach and training to community-based providers (across early childhood serving systems) in trauma informed concepts and strategies for promotion of resilience as well as connecting families to resources and/or higher levels of care as needed, and (b) establishment of a cross-sector infrastructure to deliver Mom Power, an evidence-based trauma-informed parenting and self-care skills intervention for at-risk families with young children. Mom Power is based on the Strengthening Families evidence-based protective factors curriculum. Together both activities provide a “2-generation” approach to reduce negative impacts of adverse family experiences on caregivers and young children through: 1) meeting the community-identified need for capacity building among early childhood providers in trauma-informed health promotion strategies, and 2) delivering and building a sustainable cross-sector infrastructure for delivering an evidence-based preventive intervention to promote caregiver mental health and responsive parenting.