​​Initiative 2: Trauma and Resilience

The AOK network supports mental health issues that are occurring in our community. We would like to respond as a community to heal those that have been traumatized.

Trauma is recognized as an event or repeated events that is physically or emotionally harmful and this negatively impacts the child’s social, mental, and emotional well-being lasting into adulthood. (SAMSHA)

Our priorities within Trauma and Resilience is to reduce the amount of trauma children are exposed to, create a trauma-informed community, measure progress within our community, and coordinate messages related to trauma.

It is important to know that these traumatic events at an early age can influence how a child develops and creates a lasting adverse effect. 


Abuse and Neglect: 

  • Physical Abuse 
  • Sexual Abuse 
  • Emotional Abuse 
  • Physical Neglect 
  • Emotional Neglect

Household Dysfunction and Community Stress: 

  • Household Substance Abuse 
  • Household Mental Illness 
  • Parental Separation/Divorce or Death 
  • Mother Treated Violently 
  • Incarcerated Household Member 
  • Poverty 
  • Community Violence 
  • School Violence

Children who are exposed to trauma are at risk for possible behavioral, physical, and mental health problems as they develop. 

  • Behavior Problems: Lack of Physical Activity, Smoking, Drug Use, Alcoholism, Missing Work. 
  • Physical Health Problems: Obesity, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Cancer, Stroke, COPD, Broken Bones, STDs. 
  • Mental Health Problems: Depression, Suicide Attempts.

Preventing and Mitigating ACES by Addressing Social Determinants of Health

Supporting Research