The Trauma workgroup is focused on the mental and emotional health of Cranston residents, as well as factors that can influence this. Life can be hard at times, and the Trauma group is there to support in any way they can.
Why focus on trauma
of residents report issues of racism
What We're Working On
Naloxone PSA Series
To increase residents awareness on overdose prevention and how to use and get Narcan - we worked alongside Parent Support Network of RI to create a three-part PSA series.
If you would like to watch the videos, please click here.
What We've Done
2021 | year two
Objective 1: Reduce overdoses by increasing awareness and access
Strategies: Stigma Training with the Cranston Fire Department, and provide Narcan and resource packets to keep at the Cranston Fire Stations
Impact Area(s): Expanding first responder skill sets while decreasing burnout, and increasing access to overdose prevention resources
Outcome/ Evaluation: Six stigma trainings were provided to the Fire Department with over 100 firefighters trained, and 500 Narcan/ resource packets were created and distributed between the six fire stations
Partners: R.E.S.T, Parent Support Network of RI, Project Weber Renew, Cranston Fire Department, Anchor Recovery
Objective 2: Improve mental health by increasing awareness, access, and protective factors
Strategies: Hold monthly Stress Down days, and organize Emotional Safety 101 workshops
Impact Area(s): Provide community with tools to proactively manage their emotional and mental health, and increase mental health awareness
Outcome/ Evaluation: Held 10 Stress Down Days and reached out to over 400 residents, held four Emotional Safety 101 workshops that had a total of 50 participants
Partners: CCAP Behavioral Health, Cranston Substance Abuse Task Force
2020 | year one
Year 1 was the start of our HEZ organization so we mainly focused on gathering information about the community needs, issues, and current resources. Data collection started in November 2019 and after several surveys handed out to the community - we had gathered nearly 400 responses.
What We Found Out: More than half of teenagers reported having depression, anxiety, or other mental health problems.
Most frequently reported personal traumas included: mental illness, racism, sexual violence, housing insecurity, and domestic violence.
What We Want To Do About It:
1. Trauma sensitive community training
2. Equity book club
3. Stress Down Days
Our Proud Backbone Agency
Comprehensive Community Action Program (CCAP) is proud to be the backbone agency for the Cranston Health Equity Zone. CCAP is one of Rhode Island’s largest organizations dedicated solely to fighting the war on poverty. We provide a wide spectrum of services and benefits that are designed to help those in immediate need and empower anyone desiring to become more self-sufficient.
For a full list of CCAP programs and services, please visit here.
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The OneCranston Health Equity Zone is funded by the Rhode Island Department of Health.