The Campaign for Trauma Informed Policy and Practice's inaugural webinar on epigenetics at the interface of genes and the environment took place on February 1, 2017.
Andrea Blanch, PhD, is a senior consultant for SAMHSA’s National Center on Trauma Informed Care. In that capacity, she provides leadership on the development of trauma-informed public policy and federal programs and helps to design national systems change strategies. She consults in several states on the development of trauma-informed, resilient communities. Andy also founded and currently directs the Center for Religious Tolerance, a nonprofit organization that supports trauma-informed human rights, interfaith peace building and women’s empowerment in the U.S., Israel/Palestine, Kenya, and Honduras. She worked for over twenty years in senior administrative positions in state mental health systems, and was known for her innovative efforts in psychiatric rehabilitation, supported housing, consumer/survivor advocacy, conflict management, and trauma informed care. She was also active in the international disability rights movement, working in Armenia, Kosovo and Macedonia. She has published widely, including co-editing a book on women’s mental health selected as book of the year by the American Journal of Nursing, and was founding director of the USF Collaborative for Conflict Management in Mental Health and the National Trauma Consortium.