Trauma Transformed, the result of seven Bay Area counties’ collective mission to work together to change the way they understand, respond to and heal trauma, was seeded by a four-year federal systems change grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). LFA partnered with Trauma Transformed to tell the story of its first four years. A systems change initiative like Trauma Transformed is inherently slow moving, complex, and difficult to measure. Looking back upon the work of the last four years, there is evidence that meaningful progress is taking place: radical transformation in the capacity of systems to support and sustain efforts and practices that address trauma, by supporting and healing the people within those organizations and systems. Download the Final Report and the Executive Summary.
Kaiser Permanente Northern California Region-Community Benefit Programs (KPCBP)’s Youth and Trauma-Informed Care grant program (YTIC) is a critical strategy for addressing community violence by focusing on prevention as well as healing. KPCBP engaged LFA to conduct a formative evaluation of the YTIC grants program. The LFA evaluation team collected qualitative data from each of the 20 YTIC grantees through site visits and in-depth interviews, as well as gathered process data to track youth participation and service use. The evaluation surfaced key findings that have informed KPCBP’s grantmaking strategy for addressing youth violence and trauma, and contributes to the growing body of knowledge in the field of trauma-informed care. Download the Report
Together with the SF Human Rights Commission and the SF LGBT Community Center, Learning for Action has released a Violence Prevention Needs Assessment detailing how members of the LGBTQI community perceive and experience violence and the availability of resources. Commissioned in light of highly publicized attacks against the community, the assessment is meant to inform both local and national decision makers. Download the Report
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The LGBT Health and Human Services Network engaged LFA to conduct a comprehensive mapping project to identify key opportunities and gaps in LGBTQ health and human services and funding in California. The study involved an extensive literature review and a survey of over 50 organizations providing health and human services to LGBTQ communities in California. The research results show a very thin safety net in some geographic regions, LGBTQ communities, and services. Overall, the health and human services needs of LGBTQ communities in California are largely unmet and require additional support and funding to ensure that these communities have access to quality health and human services. Download the Executive Summary