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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.   

Science Notes: The Science of Childhood Trauma as a Driver of Chronic Illnesses

icon_pdf Chronic diseases drive the majority of medical costs and have even broader impact on overall productivity and wellbeing. Exposure to trauma and toxic stress is an important driver of the rates of chronic illness. There appear to be two main processes for the development of chronic illness...
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The Need to Address Childhood Trauma: Implications for Child Welfare and Education

When children experience trauma —including witnessing violence, a parent’s substance abuse, or living in poverty—they can suffer. Decades of research have established the link between a child’s exposure to trauma and its effect on brain development, with long-term health and societal outcomes, such as chronic disease development, mental health disorders, high school graduation, and poverty.  
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Policy Brief on ACEs and Opioid Addiction

icon_pdf This policy brief reviews the evidence linking trauma and adverse childhood experiences to opioid addiction. It also provides examples of effective prevention and treatment programs, and describes innovative approaches being used by communities to address the current epidemic. The argument is made that efforts to address the opioid crisis will be effective only if we acknowledge the ...
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Webinar on epigenetics at the interface of genes and the environment

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.
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