The “Trauma: A Public Health Crisis in Western New
York” conference, sponsored by the Community Health
Foundation of Western and Central New York, took place on March 12
and 13, 2010.
This conference informed community members and stakeholders
about trauma and trauma-informed care. Participants learned to
recognize the role of trauma in the lives of children, the effects
of adverse childhood experiences on adult health risk behaviors and
diseases (delineated in Dr. Robert Anda’s seminal
“ACEs” study), and learned how to apply the tenets of
the Sanctuary Model to provide trauma-informed treatment and care.
Furthermore, this conference enabled participants to collaborate
with one another to form a network of community leaders and
The following video segments were filmed at the conference: