Trauma-Informed Planning

PAS QuickNotes 103

By Krista Schroeder


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Trauma-informed care is an approach applied in the human services and health-care sectors that accounts for the fact that many individuals and communities have experienced trauma, a response to a highly stressful experience.

Trauma-informed approaches have been used by health and human services practitioners for many years, but they have not been widely applied in planning. Interest in trauma-informed planning, however, is growing as trauma and trauma-informed approaches receive increasing attention in the community development and built environment realms.

This edition of PAS QuickNotes describes the elements of a trauma-informed approach to community building and built environment design that can directly advance planners' work to promote the health, safety, and economic well-being of all people living in their communities.


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Oct. 1, 2023
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About the Author

Krista Schroeder
Dr. Krista Schroeder is a nurse scientist whose research examines how trauma and socio-environmental adversities influence obesity risk. Her methodological expertise includes using geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial analytic approaches to understand the influence of place on health and harnessing large datasets to understand effects of complex multi-level determinants of health. Her ongoing NICHD-funded research uses innovative analytic methods and rich spatial data to examine the association between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), obesity, and neighborhood environment. Dr. Schroeder completed a BSN at Bloomsburg University, a PhD and NIH T32 pre-doctoral fellowship at Columbia University, and a NIH T32 postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Temple University College of Public Health. Collectively, her clinical experience directly informs her passion for her work, including her former practice as a critical care nurse informing her passion for health promotion and her current practice as a sexual assault nurse examiner informing her passion for improving well-being of populations affected by trauma and adversity.