The Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP) recently announced the launch of the National Trauma Campaign, calling for federal action to prevent and address childhood trauma, with plans to educate and engage Congress on ways to build resilience in families. The National Trauma Campaign is designed to engage congressional offices and other federal leaders in supporting policies, programs, legislation, and appropriations that prevent and respond to childhood trauma and build resilience. The CTIPP hopes to support local and state leaders in opening a line of regular communication with congressional offices to achieve the following goals:
- Provide evidence on the science and research on childhood trauma
- Share information about trauma initiatives already taking place within congressional districts and states, and
- Partner to create policies and passable legislation that promote healthy and resilient communities.
According to a statement published on the CTIPP website, the organizers encourage grassroots participation in the initiative. Advocates can visit the website to ask their House representatives to join the bipartisan House Trauma-Informed Caucus, established in 2019 by Representatives Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Danny Davis (D-IL). They can also volunteer to become a local liaison to forge a relationship with state and congressional district leaders, or to share news from the campaign on social media.
We at the ACE Awareness Foundation agree with the campaign’s premise: it will take a chorus of voices like yours and other advocates throughout the country, over time, to ensure positive change. So, we hope you will consider signing up to be a member of the campaign, — either as an individual or an organization. Members of the campaign will receive tools and support to participate in the campaign’s calls to action. Please visit CTIPP.org/nationaltraumacampaign to learn more about how the campaign works and the role you and your organization can take in changing the lives of millions of people nationwide. On the website, you’ll find tools, talking points, materials, campaign news, and in-depth information about ACEs, trauma-informed care, and the financial impact of trauma.