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Trauma and Diversity: Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Principles Operationalized through the Trauma-Informed ‎Care (TIC) Framework
StressPoints
Date posted: 04/1/2021
Topic: Diversity and Multicultural Issues
The past year has been one of loss and upheaval for millions of people, particularly for people who are Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC). The syndemics of racism and COVID-19, one chronic and the other acute, have left a trail of trauma, grief and stress that will likely have long-term mental and physical health effects across generations.
Announcing the Awardees for the Inaugural Journal of Traumatic Stress ‎Editorial Fellowship for Underrepresented Scholars
Date posted: 01/28/2021
Topic: Diversity and Multicultural Issues
To reach the goals of achieving real and lasting change that will effectively redress institutional racism and its adverse effects on science and practice calls for more than issuing statements of support; it calls for action. To this end, this year I initiated the Journal of Traumatic Stress Editorial Fellowship for Underrepresented Scholars to pave a pathway toward leadership positions in scholarly publishing for diverse emerging scholars in the field of traumatic stress studies.
SIG Spotlight: Moral injury and Systemic Betrayal in the United States ‎
StressPoints
Date posted: 01/28/2021
Topic: Diversity and Multicultural Issues
As the world enters the second calendar year of the coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) pandemic, the United States (U.S.) faces another ongoing national issue – racism, marginalization and oppression of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). While the pandemic is brand new, the issue of oppression is older than the country. Although incomparable, they share similar psychological sequelae including depression, anxiety, substance misuse and posttraumatic stress (e.g., Salari et al., 2020; Williams, Printz, & DeLapp, 2018).
Trauma and Diversity: The Bidirectionality of Trauma and Social Determinants of Health: A Call for Enhanced ‎Conceptualization of Intersectionality
StressPoints
Date posted: 01/28/2021
Topic: Diversity and Multicultural Issues

Editor’s note: For more information on this topic, see ISTSS’ free webinar recording, Trauma from an Intersectional Perspective, and scroll down for additional resources from the presenters.

A burgeoning body of trauma research has emerged over the past few decades. In particular, we as a field have developed an understanding of the sequelae of trauma exposure, including medical (e.g., cardiovascular health) and mental health (e.g., posttraumatic stress disorder [PTSD], depression) multimorbidity (Breslau, 2009; Schnurr et al., 2007). Furthermore, several evidence-based treatments have been established, facilitating recovery among trauma survivors (Beck & Sloan, 2020).

Biological Perspectives: Racism-Based Stress, Chronic Inflammation and Health Outcomes
StressPoints
Date posted: 11/24/2020
Topic: Diversity and Multicultural Issues
Studies of racial differences within diagnostic groups have started to explicitly suggest that race itself is not a risk factor but, instead, may merely serve as a proxy measure of environmental stress in the form of racism (Williams & Ovbiagele, 2020). Unsurprisingly, this stress in the form of racial discrimination is strongly associated with the chronic inflammation implicated in the development and advancement of stress-related diseases (Cuevas et al., 2020). 
Trauma and Diversity: Responding to Violence in Places of Worship through a Trauma-Informed Lens
StressPoints
Date posted: 11/24/2020
Topic: Diversity and Multicultural Issues
Violence in religious spaces, unfortunately, seems increasingly frequent, both nationally and internationally. A 2018 New York Times article described some of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. houses of worship over the past few years. Although these incidents occur less often than other types of traumatic events, their impact is pervasive and detrimental. Existing knowledge of best practices for coping with mass disasters and trauma provides insight for religious communities about how to respond to such tragedies, although specific cultural contexts should be considered.
How Patterns of Victimization Among LGBTQ Individuals Impact Mental and Physical Health
Date posted: 08/22/2020
Topic: Diversity and Multicultural Issues
This study explored different patterns of victimization among LGBTQ individuals and the relationship to mental and physical health outcomes. Findings suggested polyvictimization was an important risk factor and that there is a diversity among LGBTQ individuals with regard to victimization classes and across different gender identities.  
Understanding Economic Impacts of Policies that Further Traumatize Immigrant Children
Date posted: 08/13/2020
Topic: Diversity and Multicultural Issues
Approximately 33 million children migrate from one country to another each year and an estimated 17 million of whom were displaced due to conflict and violence (UNICEF, 2020). In the United States (U.S.), media attention has focused primarily on the tens of thousands of children migrating from Central America. Child migration across the southern border of the U.S. is not a recent phenomenon, but many recent policy changes and executive orders may have lasting impacts on our system of immigration and the children caught in the middle. To assess the potential economic impact of recent immigration policy changes, we conducted a pilot study through a collaboration through the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) with investigators from the University of Maryland, Boston College, and Duke University. 
President's Message
Date posted: 07/30/2020
Topic: Diversity and Multicultural Issues
The 2020 ISTSS Annual Meeting theme on addressing challenges in meeting the needs of underserved communities, although selected long in advance of the current moment, appears strangely prescient of the moment we are in. As we watch the unfolding impact of the global pandemic, it has amplified existing disparities and has disproportionately impacted vulnerable communities. Deaths from COVID-19 are higher among Black, Brown and Indigenous people, both within and outside of the United States.
Trauma and Diversity: The Effects of Racism-Related Stress on Health Among Black Americans
StressPoints
Date posted: 07/30/2020
Topic: Diversity and Multicultural Issues
In 2019, the American Academy of Pediatrics identified racism as an insidious social determinant of health with chronic and sustained adverse health effects across the lifespan
 (Trent, Dooley, & Dougé, 2019). There continues to be a growing call for health care systems, health care professionals and research scientists to acknowledge the role of racism in the lives of marginalized communities. This acknowledgment can aid in the development of holistic strategies to optimize care for these populations. In our current sociopolitical climate of unrest that is laden in the systemic perpetuation of injustice, the need to consider how systemic and interpersonal racism “gets under the skin” to affect health is vital.
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