Trauma Recovery Project

Trauma Recovery Project

Trauma that’s related to social issues like gun and family violence, mental health problems, alcoholism and drug use, mass imprisonment, out-of-home placement of children, and general lost human potential impacts Minneapolis’ Northside community more than most  Minnesota communities.

As part of its mission to improve the quality of life in urban communities, UROC launched the Trauma Recovery Project (TRP) in spring 2013 to create a roadmap for recovery from such trauma through a comprehensive strategy for positive change in the lives of families and the community as a whole. Building on community expertise and the University’s research in the area of healing and historical trauma, UROC convened  teams of families, University researchers, community leaders, healthcare professionals, and representatives from the faith community in an effort to identify trauma-related issues that are important to the Northside community. These teams made up the six workgroups whose members carried the project forward.

In May 2015, UROC was awarded a $187,530 Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant to expand the work of the TRP through a series of community meetings, discussions, and workgroups aimed at producing action plans that address individual and community trauma. Workgroups were invited to apply for sub-grants through the TRP Community Innovation Grant Program Partnership Packets (see Resources)

Trauma Recovery Project website

Learn more about the Trauma Recovery Project through the voices of its workgroup members at trp.uroc.umn.edu

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Behavior Health Practioners Workgroup members

Deirdre Golden, Director, Northpoint Health & Wellness
Deirdre Golden is the Director of Behavioral Health at NorthPoint Health & Wellness. In coordination with the National Council for Behavioral Health, she has led the organization in becoming a Trauma Informed Organization. She is a strong advocate for wellness and has been instrumental in the campaign to reduce the stigma of mental illness through education.

Stella Whitney-West, CEO, Northpoint Health & Wellness
Stella Whitney-West is the Chief Executive Officer for the NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, which provides comprehensive medical, dental, behavioral health, and social services to more than 25,000 residents in North Minneapolis and Hennepin County. She joined the Trauma Recovery Project because of her commitment to making a real difference in North Minneapolis through community partnerships and engagement that address historical trauma as a barrier to health and well-being.

Culture, Families, and Learning Workgroup members

Atum Azzahir, Founder & Executive Director, Cultural Wellness Center
Atum Azzahir is the founder and Executive Director for the Cultural Wellness Center. She is a cultural activist, a teacher of African thought and spirituality, and a member of the Hennepin County Medical Center and Community Campus Partnerships for Health Boards of Directors. Atum has received several awards for her work in Cultural Wellness & Community Health.

Faith Leaders Workgroup members

Pastor Alika Galloway, Co-pastor, Kwanzaa Community Church
Rev, Alika P. Galloway is co-pastor of Kwanzaa Community Church. She holds a Master of Divinity degree in womanist theology and world religions, and works in the area of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She also serves as executive director of the Northside Women’s Space, a safe place for prostituted women and girls to rest, remember and resist dehumanization. Nationally known as a womanist scholar and expert in health disparities impacting African American females, Galloway recently completed her doctoral dissertation on the care of African American women and girls who are victims of prostitution.

Rev. Darrell Gillespie, Pastor, Proverbs Christian Fellowship
Rev. Darrell Gillespie is the founder and pastor of Proverbs Christian Fellowship in North Minneapolis. He serves as Minneapolis-based Hope Academy's K-5 Dean of Students and the middle school's Bible Teacher. His passion in ministry is for the people of God to become the reconciling body to which they have been appointed. His desire is that the church helps foster understanding and appreciation of the community's diverse cultural and ethnic groups.

Bishop Richard D. Howell, Pastor, Shiloh Temple International Ministries
Bishop Richard D. Howell, Jr. has been the senior pastor at Shiloh Temple International Ministries in North Minneapolis since 1984. He is the diocesan of the Minnesota, Wisconsin and Dakotas District Council, a progressive, regional fellowship of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. He holds a bachelor’s degree in pastoral studies from North Central University, a master's degree in counseling psychology from the University of St. Thomas, and four honorary doctorates of divinity.

Rev. Gloria Roach Thomas, Senior Pastor, Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church
Rev. Gloria Roach Thomas is an Ordained Clergy in the United Methodist Annual Conference of Minnesota and serves as senior pastor of Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church in St. Paul. She is committed to serving her community through actively participating in many organizations and providing culturally-sensitive individual and family pastoral care and counseling.

Arlene Walker, The Family Partnership for the PRIDE program
Arlene Walker is a Minnesota certified licensed drug and alcohol treatment counselor and has been involved in the recovery community for 11 years. As a counselor in The Family Partnership's PRIDE program, she believes that her calling is to help women understand how substance abuse, mental illness, and trauma are related to deep-rooted issues that impact the lives of the individual, family, and community.

University of Minnesota Researchers Workgroup members

Stephanie Carlson, Professor, Institute of Child Developmentm University of Minnesota
Stephanie Carlson is a professor in the University's Institute of Child Development. She studies preschool children's cognitive and social development and is an international expert in the development of executive function (self-control). Carlson is deeply committed to broad representation in research on child development and to civic science—a two-way dialogue between the collective knowledge of people and scientific knowledge.

Abigail Gewirtz, Associate Professor of Family Social Science, University of Minnesota
An expert on trauma and resilience, Abigail Gewirtz focuses on strengthening resilience in children exposed to highly stressful and traumatic events by harnessing the power of parenting. Her prevention program ADAPT —After Deployment, Adaptive Parenting Tool— provides parenting techniques for parents who have deployed to war. She has also studied prevention programs designed to strengthen parenting and child resilience among families in domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters, and with Somali immigrant mothers. Through Ambit Network, a community-University partnership and a center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, she partners with community mental health clinics throughout Minnesota to increase access to quality care for traumatized children.

Michael Goh, Counselor and Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development, University of Minnesota
Asssociate professor Michael Goh's work as a counselor with diverse communities in schools, colleges, churches, military, and community mental health agencies has taught him that stigma, cultural, and linguistic barriers persist in preventing broader access to helping services. He has researched how health and mental health are conceptualized in various cultures, how services are developed and delivered, and how the cultural competence of practitioners all play some role in discouraging help-seeking. He is particularly interested in how to grow cultural intelligence in teachers and counselors to work effectively with diverse students and families, and their communities.

Megan Gunnar, Director, University of Minnesota Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota
Megan Gunnar is the director of the University's Institute of Child Development. She has spent her distinguished career investigating what stresses children, how their bodies respond when they are stressed, and what adults can do to help children cope with stress and thrive.

Cathy Jordan, University of Mininesota Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota
Cathy Jordan is an associate professor of pediatrics, University of Minnesota Extension specialist in the Center for Community Vitality, and immediate past director of the University's Children, Youth and Family Consortium. She joined the Trauma Recovery Project because of her commitment to respectful, power-sharing, participatory approaches to research with communities and her passion for enhancing the outcomes of urban youth through strengths-based strategies.

Lauren Martin, UROC Director of Research, University of Minnesota
Lauren Martin is an expert on community research methods and oversees UROC's research projects and grant operations. A researcher with the University's Children, Youth and Family Consortium and Center for Early Education and Development, Lauren is also an instructor at the University’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

UROC Staff Workgroup members

Heidi Lasley Barajas, UROC Executive Director, University of Minnesota
Executive Director Heidi Lasley Barajas oversees UROC and leads its work in solving critical urban challenges. She supports the University’s urban agenda through her work with the Office for Public Engagement, and is an associate professor in the University's College of Education and Human Development. Her research, teaching, and public service focus on issues related to access and equity, concentrating on building educational institutions that support students across differences of race, gender, and class.

Wokie Freeman, former UROC Executive Director and Director of Operations and Programs, University of Minnesota
As UROC's assistant executive director, Wokie Freeman was responsible for facilitating the work of UROC research and programmers and fostering the connections between UROC's programs and the community. As director of operations and programs, she was also charged with overseeing UROC's day-to-day operations and establishing its policies and procedures.

Lauren Martin, UROC Director of Research, University of Minnesota
Lauren Martin is an expert on community research methods and oversees UROC's research projects and grant operations. A researcher with the University's Children, Youth and Family Consortium and Center for Early Education and Development, Lauren is also an instructor at the University’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Makeda Zulu-Gillespie, UROC Director of Community Outreach, University of Minnesota
Makeda Zulu-Gillespie works with the North Minneapolis community to establish relationships with the University. She coordinates the University-Northside Partnership's Community Affairs Committee, responds to community inquires, represents UROC at community forums, and develops activities to strengthen long-term partnerships between the University and community members.

Youth Workgroup members

Pastor Alika Galloway, Co-pastor, Kwanzaa Community Church
Rev. Alika P. Galloway is co-pastor of Kwanzaa Community Church. She holds a Master of Divinity degree in womanist theology and world religions, and works in the area of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She also serves as executive director of the Northside Women’s Space, a safe place for prostituted women and girls to rest, remember and resist dehumanization. Nationally known as a womanist scholar and expert in health disparities impacting African American females, Galloway recently completed her doctoral dissertation on the care of African American women and girls who are victims of prostitution.

Katie Johnston-Goodstar, Assistant Professor, College of Education and Human Development’s School of Social Work, University of Minnesota
As an assistant professor in the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development’s School of Social Work, Katie Johnston-Goodstar has long studied the various factors that affect the education and development of urban and Native American youth. In particular she is interested in understanding what influences some youth to turn to violence.

Trauma Recovery Project Website

Learn more about the Trauma Recovery Project through the voices of its workgroup members at trp.uroc.umn.edu

 

Other Resources

Click on the following links to download related information.

UROC Trauma Recovery Project (October 2015 Update)
TRP Community Innovation Grant Program Partnership Packet
UROC Trauma Recovery Project (March 2015 Update)
UROC Trauma Recovery Project (June 2014 Update)
UROC Trauma Recovery Project (March 2014 Update)