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Trauma Informed Care at UPMC in Central Pa.

UPMC is committed to being a Trauma Informed Organization. 

What is Trauma? 

“Individual trauma results from an event, series of events, or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life threatening and that has lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual well-being.”  - From SAMSHA’s Concept Paper

Begin to ask “What happened to you?” instead of “What’s wrong with you?”


Our vision is that UPMC will be a trauma-informed healthcare system, contributing towards a trauma-informed community.

Trauma Informed Care (TIC) Working Definition: 

Trauma informed care is a structure and treatment framework that builds a culture of understanding and sensitivity to realize, recognize, and respond to trauma, and to reduce re-traumatization of patients and members of the UPMC  in central Pa. system community. 


Promote a trauma-informed practice of care at UPMC  in central Pa.  that acknowledges the impact of trauma on patients, staff and the surrounding community, by implementing strategies that build resiliency.

Steering Committee Members representing 8 different departments (Community Initiatives, UPMC Child Advocacy of Central Pa., Marketing, NFP, PHMG, PHPA, REACCH, Spiritual Care) 

Additional Resources

Below you can find several resources to utilize if you are interested in learning more about trauma informed care and how it can help your community. 



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For more information or interest in community education opportunities, contact us by email at or by phone at 717-782-4703.

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