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Published: December 21, 2020

CAFP Launches Family Medicine Initiative on Trauma-Informed Care

CAFP is proud to announce a new Peer-to-Peer Learning Initiative, Family Medicine Initiative on Trauma-Informed Care (FIT).

Funded by the Office of the California Surgeon General and the Department of Health Care Services, this initiative is designed to raise our awareness about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

With our longitudinal patient relationships, family physicians have a unique opportunity to make a lasting healthcare impact by thoughtfully identifying cumulative adversity as a root cause to some of our patients’ most persistent and debilitating healthcare challenges.

Over the next year, CAFP will host a series of regionally-based, peer-to-peer learning workshops. Each workshop will consist of two sessions, conducted via Zoom.

  • In session 1 (90 minutes), participants will learn about the relationship between toxic stress and chronic disease, how to screen for ACEs, and meet in small groups to discuss trauma-informed care.
  • In session 2 (120 minutes), the focus will shift to best practices, practical strategies to use when responding to ACEs in their patients, as well as regional/state resources to use with patients.  Learners who attend both sessions with earn six CME credits.

We are fortunate to have a stellar Expert Advisory Panel steering this important project:

  • Brent Sugimoto, MD, MPH, AAHIVS, FAAFP, QVMD Health
  • Anna Askari, MD, MSBS, Family Medicine Resident at Eisenhower Health
  • Adia Scrubb, MD MPP, LifeLong Medical
  • Erika Roshanravan, MD, CommuniCare Health Centers

Our team has been meeting since October to clarify the workshop objectives, build a learning design, and insure the quality of the experience for physicians.

Check out the ACEsAware website to learn more about adverse childhood experiences, screening tools, and their online provider training (beginning July 1, 2020, Medi-Cal providers must attest to completing a certified core ACE training on the DHCS website in order to be reimbursed for ACE screenings).

The calendar of FIT workshops can be found on the CAFP website.  If you have questions or would like to learn more about FIT, please contact Robin Heyden.


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