Waterloo Region Trauma Service Initiative
Novell Community Development Solutions (NCDS) is partnering with three Kitchener-Waterloo based community agencies to implement a pilot trauma service project in the Waterloo Region. The purpose of the pilot project is to enhance capacity for trauma services and increase access to treatment for people who are experiencing trauma.
The pilot project is based on an Action Plan developed collaboratively by stakeholders in the Region. It will demonstrate the plan’s feasibility and effectiveness in addressing gaps and barriers in trauma services. The project will be guided by a Central Coordinating Committee and will have three main working groups each focusing on one of the following areas:
- Trauma-Informed Services
- Trauma-Specific Services
- Community Awareness
Guelph-Wellington-Dufferin Trauma Service Initiative
Dr. Lomotey is a co-initiator and lead researcher for the Guelph-Wellington-Dufferin Trauma Service Initiative. He is working in partnership with a steering committee made up of the following agencies: Sanguen Health Centre, Trellis Mental Health and Development Services, Anishnabeg Outreach, AIDS Committee of Guelph and Wellington County, Welcome In Drop In Centre, Guelph Community Health Centre, Wyndham House, and Mount Forest Family Health Team as a collaborative partner representing North Wellington Integrated Health Services.
The purpose of this initiative is to mobilize the Guelph-Wellington-Dufferin community towards developing integrated, appropriate, inclusive, and accessible trauma services. The project involves: i) Community mobilization to increase awareness of and participation among stakeholders, ii) needs analysis to understand trauma service needs in the region, document existing trauma-related services, and identify gaps in them; and iii) action planning to develop a community plan for enhanced trauma services.
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