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Northwest Center for Public Health Practice

Public Health Training, Research, and Evaluation for the Northwest

Trauma-Informed Practice – a Rural Perspective

In this one-hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, Karolyn Holden, Director, Grays Harbor County Public Health and Social Services, shares how her rural public health agency took deliberate steps toward building a more trauma-informed practice.

Learning Objectives

  • List two resources or tools that could help guide an organization in becoming more trauma-informed.
  • Describe two ways Grays Harbor County Public Health and Social Services changed their workplace culture to be more trauma-informed.
  • List two policy or environmental changes Grays Harbor County Public Health and Social Services put in place to be more trauma-informed.

Intended Audiences

Local, state, and tribal public health professionals; public health nurses and other clinicians


Karolyn Holden, BSN, Director, Grays Harbor County Public Health and Social Services

Discussion Questions

  1. How has your organization addressed the impacts of childhood trauma on adult health outcomes?
  2. If your organization has taken steps to become more trauma-informed, how have you measured your success?
  3. If your organization has not made changes to become more trauma-informed, what is one first step you could take?
  4. What training resources would be most helpful for organizations wishing to make these types of changes?
Photograph of a stethoscope resting on a hand-drawn heart.
Air Date: 
Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm PDT
Program Planning & Evaluation
Vulnerable Populations & Health Disparities
1 hour
Hot Topics in Practice
Competency Domains: 
Analytical/Assessment Skills
Communication Skills
Cultural Competency Skills
Financial Planning and Management Skills
Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills
Policy Development/Program Planning Skills
Public Health Sciences Skills