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A Public Health Initiative to Support the Development of a Trauma Informed Care Culture in a Community Organization that Provides Services to Individuals with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities

Background: Trauma informed care (TIC) is a socio-ecological theoretical approach for universal practice focus to improve HRQOL and wellbeing outcomes. There is a gap in TIC system implementation for vulnerable populations, including the ID/DD population. Purpose: The purpose of this project was to transfer knowledge to a newly created TIC work group on the use of an existing TIC system implementation tool to plan, develop, and measure the level of TIC systems culture in their community organization. Methods: Knowledge transference through the utilization of a TIC systems implementation process map, TIC education, and the facilitation of a TIC assessment and planning tool. Data collection included participant response to online surveys, hard copy survey data, and person-person data collection. Results and Implications: The work group participants completed the CCTIC TIC Self- Assessment Tool with a significant increase in the presence of TIC organizational culture post project. The ARTIC scale scores for the workgroup participants were more favorable post-project. Upon project completion, the work group participants reported 100 % (N=9) self-confidence in the use of the CCTIC tool to plan, develop, and measure the level of TIC culture in their organization, and the majority of the workgroup recommended the future use of the CCTIC Self-Assessment and Planning Protocol tools to plan, develop, and measure TIC in their organization. Keywords: CCTIC Self-Assessment Scale, Intellectual / Developmental disability, knowledge transference, health, quality of life, trauma informed care, wellbeing, work group