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In the USA, the leading cause of death in those younger than 45 years is trauma. It costs the USA $600 billion each year. Despite these sobering figures, this public health epidemic goes largely unrecognized.[i] In this panel discussion & workshop, we will begin to explore the nature of trauma and its impact on our communities. Current research in trauma and self care for health professionals working with trauma survivors will be discussed. Complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments and therapies for trauma will be also explored.

[i] Leonardo, P. "Trauma: A Neglected US Public Health Emergency." The Lancet 388.10056 (2016): 2058.

Tentative Agenda

1:00pm – 1:20pm – Yuval Moses, LCSW, Crime Victims Treatment Center (CVTC), Mount Sinai West

Title: The Nature of Trauma

Description: What is the nature of trauma? What are current key topics in trauma research? How does trauma become a public health issue? What are best practices for working with trauma survivors?

1:20pm – 1:40pm – Anuradha Bhagwati, Founder, Yoga for Vets

Title: Complimentary & Alternative Medicine for Trauma Survivors

Description: What happens when traditional health care fails a trauma survivor? Former Marine and Yoga for Vets Founder Anu Bhagwati will discuss her experience as a trauma survivor and how alternative therapies aided in her healing process.

1:40pm-1:50pm – Break  (Refreshments served)

1:50pm – 2:10pm - Mickie Brown, RN, Deputy Nurse Manager, The Mount Sinai Selikoff Centers for Occupational Health and World Trade Center Health Program

Title: Trauma and the Health Care Provider

Description: How does working with victims of violence and survivors of trauma affect health care providers? How does resilience factor into health care when it comes to trauma? To what extent should health care providers consider CAM for trauma patients? What strategies and tools are available for self-care for health care professionals faced who are faced with trauma on a daily basis?

2:10pm – 2:20pm Trauma Research: Getting Started


Description: Mount Sinai West Librarian Jennifer Kaari, MILS, will give provide tips and tricks for Finding Evidence Based CAM Literature & Demographic Info.


2:20-2:45 – Q&A & Discussion


2:45pm – 3:00pm –  Guided mediation and relaxation

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
1:00pm - 3:00pm
MSIT Lab - Annenberg 11-46
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