By Jennifer Ralston, policy analyst, Alliance

During a congressional briefing hosted by U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) in May, we learned once again of Heitkamp’s support for alignment of policy with science and more information about the Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP).

The topic of the briefing was the science of trauma and it was organized by CTIPP, a growing group of individuals and groups from all sectors and walks of life that is working to create a better future by promoting trauma-informed policy and practice.

During the briefing, members of CTIPP discussed various issues related to brain sciences such as the adverse childhood experiences study and its implications, epigenetics and the intergenerational transmission of trauma, and the impact of trauma on the brain and mind/body.

Heitkamp is an excellent advocate, as she also delivered a call to action to change national policy to incorporate what the science tells us about trauma and respond to the needs of those we encounter in everyday life.

CTIPP also released its policy agenda at the briefing. The agenda focuses on three areas:

  • Trauma preventive policies that reduce trauma exposure and enhance resilience
  • Trauma-informed policies that mitigate the impacts of trauma exposure
  • Trauma-specific policies that enhance access to trauma-focused services

Although CTIPP’s work is centered mainly on trauma-informed policies, it is clear we are all using the same messaging—a refreshing reminder that a push for science-aligned policy to tackle tough social issues is growing.With the community of supporters increasing, there are great opportunities for Change in Mind to both lead on efforts and coordinate our work with others.