CourierPostOnline.com’s Kevin Shelly did an outstanding story about the effects of trauma and
violence on one of the nation’s poorest communities, Camden, NJ. It was accompanied by a heart-wrenching video. From the story:
Repeated exposure to trauma in the poorest city in America carries very real and lasting health risks that span generations, according to medical experts.
Experts say communities can either support — or impede — the healing process from such trauma, depending on how they respond.
One way is to use a trauma-focused approach to individuals and the city as a whole, acknowledging the issue and publicly discussing what the consequences are. A good start, according to Dr. Vincent J. Felitti, would be to use a questionnaire developed through the Adverse Childhood Experience study, which is run by the federal government and Kaiser Permanente, an insurance company with medical services integrated into its offerings. Felitti pioneered the ACE study.
Father Jeff Putthoff, a founder of STOP, which stands for Stop Trauma on People, believes that needs to be a part of the discussion in the city.