Oftentimes, when people think about trauma, they think about a single person who has undergone some hardship: a soldier coming back from war or a woman who was physically attacked. It is not often the case that we consider the types of traumas that occur across entire communities, which can include everything from a community that has survived a natural disaster or even the chronic trauma of extreme generational poverty. When entire communities experience trauma, the effects are widespread. To appropriately respond to traumas, communities must first understand what they can do to improve the health and safety of their communities while also promoting health equity. The Tool for Health & Resilience in Vulnerable Environment – or THRIVE model – does just that. This 90-minute session will describe the THRIVE model and its 12 identified community determinants of health that are categorized within three interrelated clusters. Attendees will learn about how the inequitable distribution of power, money, and resources determine a community’s health and safety outcomes. Through this learning, attendees will gain skills on how to create change at the community level by influencing the specific health determinants they identify within their community.
1. Identify the 12 community determinants of health
2. Identify the 3 structural drivers that determine a community’s health
3. Utilize the THRIVE framework to influence health determinants and create community level change