Creating Connections for Growing the Network Through Collaboratives: New York City Resilience Collaborative

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One of the goals of trauma informed care is to increase awareness and knowledge about the prevalence and impact of trauma, severe adversity, and toxic stress to create more compassionate and supportive systems of care. What comes to mind in advancing this goal is Margaret Mead’s quote, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Champions of trauma-informed care are present throughout New York State, and they are informed and prepared to share information and resources about trauma, resilience, and healing centered care. In New York City, a small group of these champions make up the New York City Resilience Collaborative (NYCRC). The NYCRC is a diverse group of stakeholders from New York City whose goal is to promote healing and resilience through empathic, nurturing care across all sectors. The Collaborative is affiliated with the New York State Trauma-Informed Network and Resource Center (TINRC). The purpose of the TINRC is to promote learning and resource sharing about trauma and trauma-informed care throughout the state and the NYCRC was established to promote that mission in New York City.

The Collaborative is a grassroots effort established in 2022 and led by Dr. Jim Rodriguez and Aida Ortiz of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research and Clarencetine Brooks of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The collaborative’s membership represents a diverse set of organizations including providers, agencies, community-based organizations, and advocacy groups spanning diverse service sectors such as child welfare, education, the justice system, health, and behavioral health. The collaborative convenes in quarterly open meetings to deepen its collective knowledge and awareness about trauma and to network and share information about events, resources, and activities in the city and state that promote healing and wellness. The collaborative provides information on emerging initiatives, sharing, and spotlighting best practices, and providing opportunities for connecting to the larger NYS TINRC. NYCRC representatives also participate in the activities of the larger TINRC as advisory group members, ambassadors, and conference planning committee members.

Over the past two years the collaborative has worked to identify a number of strategic priorities for New York City and invited guest speakers to deepen its collective knowledge on critical topics in trauma informed care including:  community engagement, support for migrants, and supporting individuals living in traumatic environments. Guest speakers have included Brittny Ellington of the Crow Heal Project in Brooklyn to share her experiences with creating community-based programs and Adela Rodriguez of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to share information about the immigration crisis and the needs of migrants in NYC. The Collaborative also shares information about resources, training opportunities and community activities of its members and member organizations.

In addition to the quarterly meetings, the NYCRC has been instrumental in promoting and disseminating the TINRC’s signature training program; Tending the Roots and Tending the Roots, Instructor’s Edition. The NYCRC remains committed to providing that training to any and all organizations in NYC committed to trauma-informed care. For more information about how to bring the Tending the Roots training to your organization or community in NYC reach out to Aida Ortiz at ortiza07@nyu.edu. Aida can also be reached to join the collaborative.

Brene Brown has said, “Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”

You’re invited to join our collaborative and we are committed to creating a diverse community of champions. We are particularly interested in having people with lived experience and members of the peer community join our group.

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