Date of Graduation

Winter 12-13-2019

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Dr. Escobar

Abstract

This project examined the ways in which restorative justice programming can improve trauma informed care among the African American population in Oakland, CA. With 23% of African American men and women living at or below the poverty line in the United States, this project assesses gaps in current trauma informed care practices as evident in the literature. Following a rigorous document review the author coded and organized key programming components following six factors detailed by Rowher, Schoones, and Young (2014). Further examination of these program components was conducted using Bloom’s taxonomy levels to assess program outcomes associated with specific modules in a proposed curriculum. While the new curriculum has yet to be pilot tested within the population of interest, the use of a peer reviewed program model allowed for an illustrative depiction of the key components needed for the successful implementation of a trauma informed health curriculum. The development of the restorative justice focused curriculum is the result of a rigorous document review and extensive inventory of similar program components and place value on culturally relevant components, and that have effectively influenced the development of the new curriculum. This novel combination of cultural and historical factors put in the health context is just the solution needed to create lasting impact among minority populations in California and beyond.

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