The two-part workshop, held at Auburn University’s Student Center December 4th and 5th was grounded in the medical science and understanding of the role that childhood trauma plays in long-term health outcomes. Providing first hand data, Dr Hardt shared the results of University of Florida, Gainseville’s trauma informed care approach to the development of a Mobile Outreach Clinic. Combined with innovative policy measures in law enforcement and in collaboration with community resources centers, Dr. Hardt’s team significantly reduced child abuse and neglect, domestic violence and the number of children entering foster care system in four years. The mobile outreach clinic works with students, faculty, and community partners to deliver general health care in areas with the greatest need. The workshop taught childhood trauma assessment, techniques for managing stress, and pathways for building resilience in children, families and with the care providers themselves.
In attendance were leaders from Auburn University, City of Opelika Planning, Law Enforcement and Emergency Medical Services, Lee County DHR, and Tuskegee University.
Mobile Studio is serving as Project Managers for the City of Opelika Community of Health and has forged a historic partnership between Opelika, Auburn University Outreach, East Alabama Medical Center and Casey Family Programs. Dr. Johnny Green, Vice President for Outreach and Student Affairs is helping to replicate and advance Dr. Hardt’s model, bringing the Deans and Faculty leadership of the School of Nursing, the College of Liberal Arts and student organizations to the table. Together we will consider how we can advance this powerful model of outreach and care as we adjust it to our communities in Alabama.
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Casey Family Programs
has partnered with the City of Opelika
to strengthen families and reduce the number of children requiring the services of the foster care system. The project includes numerous community, university and civic partners, notably Mayor Gary Fuller’s Office, the Opelika City Council, East Alabama Medical Center
, Auburn University Office of Student Outreach and the Auburn University School of Nursing.
On October 12th and 13th Paul DiLorenzo, Senior Director of Strategy for Casey Family Programs along with local Casey Family Programs Project Managers Jocelyn Zanzot and Daniel Neil of Mobile Studio conducted a two-day workshop featuring Dr. Nancy Hardt, M.D. University of Florida Medical School
, Emeritus focusing on mobile health care strategies to reach under-served populations. Dr. Hart presented her successful model from the Gainesville area that provides free health care to low income communities and the impact of overall community health on successful families.
First Transit has donated a 40’long passenger bus to the Opelika Community of Hope and is dedicated to helping this project succeed.
Mobile Studio is very excited to advance Dr. Hardt’s model here in Opelika, situating the work within a comprehensive Community Health Equity Assessment. The next year presents exciting opportunities to design a state of the art mobile health clinic, listen and understand the community’s needs and desires, create an inter professional approach to staffing and outreach via the bus, learn about and create a training model based on trauma informed care and building resilience and chart a pathway for ending childhood trauma and enhancing family resilience in Opelika Alabama that will radiate out to the greater Central Alabama region. We hope you will get involved!
Check out some of the great local press below:
Casey Family Programs have selected Opelika, Alabama, to become a Community of Hope, or city where the foundation will work to strengthen struggling families and reduce the need for foster care intervention overall. In order to face such an imposing and complex issue, project leaders and community members alike must collaborate to reach a solution. Mobile Studio is excited to participate in this significant quest as project managers to the Opelika Community of Hope. Currently, we are in the process of working to analyze and understand relevant background data in order to develop a solution. Mobile Studio has met and will meet with many partners from the Lee County Youth Development Services, city officials, Carver Jeter neighborhood leaders, and members from Casey Family Programs to discuss the projected path moving forward. We all share the vision and hope to support local families, create safer and happier environments, and eliminate the necessity for foster care as completely as possible.