Trauma Recovery Project

Trauma Recovery Project

The 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 other 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.

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).


Behavior Health Practioners Workgroup

Deirdre Golden, Director, Northpoint Health & Wellness Dr. 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

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

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. 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.

Pastor Alika Galloway, Co-pastor, Kwanzaa Community Church Reverend Dr. 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. 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

Stephanie Carlson, Professor, Institute of Child Development 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 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 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, Institute of Child Development 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, Associate Professor of Pediatrics 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.


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)