From Trauma to Healing: For Our Patients, Our Communities, and Ourselves

The California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) is pleased to present this recording from the 2022 Family Medicine Clinical Forum. When crafting its goal to prioritize justice through diversity, equity, and inclusion (JEDI) in the triennial strategic plan, the CAFP specified that JEDI work would be done through a trauma-informed lens. While the relationship between trauma and inequity is well-recognized, the consideration of trauma in JEDI work is groundbreaking and visionary in medicine. Family medicine’s expansive view of what is important to health naturally aligns our specialty with the principles of being trauma-informed.

In this presentation, you will learn how a trauma-informed lens can help address the root causes of our patients’ poor health and empower family physicians to provide even more engaging care that satisfies patients and our own professional aspirations. The faculty of the CAFP’s Family Medicine Initiative on Trauma-Informed Care (CAFP FIT), Drs. Erika Roshanravan, Adia Scrubb, and Brent Sugimoto, will dive deep into why a trauma-informed lens is an essential tool for addressing health disparities in our patients. They will talk about how trauma-informed care improves the health of not only our patients and our communities, but how it helps health care to be a healing place for patients, staff, and family physicians. 

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this session, learners should be able to:

  • Recognize the pervasive and insidious impact of trauma and how it interferes with efforts to improve health and wellbeing for individuals, communities, healthcare staff, and family physicians.
  • Understand how addressing the relationship between structural inequities and trauma will facilitate the CAFP’s work in justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) and the root causes of our patients’ health disparities.
  • Find a new perspective through a trauma-informed lens that will help you identify novel opportunities for change in trauma-informed care, health care worker wellbeing and resilience, helping our health systems become healing institutions, and in patient advocacy.

Target Audience:

This activity is designed for family medicine physicians, and other primary care team members.


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Erika Roshanravan, MD

Erika Roshanimageravan, MD is a family physician at CommuniCare Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Woodland, California. Erika also supervises and teaches University of California, Davis family medicine residents during their continuity clinic at CommuniCare. Erika received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Berne School of Medicine (Berne, Switzerland) and completed her Family Medicine Residency at University of Washington. She is currently President of CAFP’s Sacramento Valley Chapter Board of Directors as well as Alternate Director for District 10 on the CAFP Board of Directors. Erika is fluent in German, Spanish, French and English and lives with her husband and three children in Davis, California.

Adia Scrubb, MD, MPP

Adia Simagecrubb, MD, MPP is an Oakland native and currently practicing full-scope Family Medicine at LifeLong Medical in East Oakland. She is serving on the California Surgeon General's ACEs Aware Clinical Implementation subcommittee.  Adia received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine and PRIME Program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles. Adia earned a Master of Public Policy degree from UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California, Berkeley in Comparative Literature.

Brent K. Sugimoto, MD, MPH, AAHIVS, FAAFP

Brent K. imageSugimoto, MD, MPH, AAHIVS, FAAFP is a family physician and HIV specialist. With a focus on care for adolescents and adults living with HIV at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California he worked to improve outcomes for this population. It was at Kaiser Permanente that Brent began efforts to screen and intervene for Adverse Childhood Experiences, which are over-represented in persons living with HIV. Brent is an educator and author of ACEs education for primary care, he serves on several of the California Surgeon General's ACEs Aware subcommittees, and he is currently the New Physician member on the AAFP Board of Directors. Brent is currently Chief Medical Officer for Decoded Health, a technology startup using artificial intelligence (AI) to achieve the Quadruple Aim. Brent received his MD from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), his MS as part of the University of California, Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, and his MPH from UC Berkeley. Brent lives with his husband and two children in Richmond, California.

Conflict of Interest Statements:

The Committee on Continuing Professional Development and CME will be responsible for mitigating any relevant financial relationships disclosed by an individual who may have influence on content, who have served as faculty, or who may produce CME/CPD content for the CAFP. Mitigation may include learner notification, peer review of content before presentation, requirement of EB-CME, changing topics, or even dismissing a potential faculty member.

It is the policy of the CAFP to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, scientific rigor, and integrity in all continuing education activities. All individuals with potential to influence the content of this program have submitted Disclosure of Interest declarations that have been reviewed according to policy. Learner notification of declarations is below. All individuals with relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies have been contacted by CAFP staff or CCPD members, and issues of conflict have been discussed and mitigated.

Faculty Disclosure:

Erika Roshanravan and Adia Scrubb have no financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

Brent Sugimoto is founder and Chief Medical Officer of Decoded Health, a clinical automation software company. This relevant financial relationship has been mitigated.

CME Planners:

The following planners have no relevant financial relationships to disclose: Jerri L. Davis.

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