Trauma-informed and resilience-oriented
Bergen Family Center is committed to becoming a Trauma Informed Resilience Oriented Organization. Since 2016, we have advocated for the implementation of trauma informed strategies within our schools and communities. It was not until the Pandemic that we were forced to pivot our NJHCN grant from a healthy eating/active living strategy to one directly addressing social determinants of health. Our focus is to address the combined trauma brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic and racial violence.
The Covid-19 public health crisis has not only unmasked stark racial disparities, social injustices, and inequities in health care, but it has directly impacted health outcomes across all indicators. Addressing trauma and other Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) will be critical as we face the collective grief brought on by illness, death, social isolation, racial violence, unemployment, food and housing insecurity, depression, anxiety and so much more. This reality may lead to chronic illness, high morbidity, and death if not addressed with a well-defined trauma informed resilience-oriented approach.
How are we approaching this work?
With the help of the Linda Henderson-Smith from the National Council for Behavioral Health, we have convened a Task Force comprised of BFC staff and community stakeholders charged with advancing our goals to:
- Develop and sustain a TIROC responsive workforce
- Improve screening and assessment for trauma and resilience
- Increase client/family/community engagement
- Create physically and psychologically safe and secure environments
- Foster an organizational culture of EQUITY, JUSTIC, and ENGAGEMENT
- Address secondary traumatic stress and compassion fatigue among staff
- Develop tools to support organizational wellness
- Track performance improvement
About the Grantee
Founded in 1898 by the Woman’s Club of Englewood, as an after-school program for vulnerable youth, Bergen Family Center is Bergen County’s oldest continuously operating family service agency. We value early learning; promote healthy youth development, provide prevention, intervention, and counseling services, offer critical support to families, and help older adults age in place with dignity.