Using a Trauma-Informed Approach to Care with Border Communities

Type: eLearning
Date: November 2015

The original webinar was recorded on April 16, 2015. Content reviewed in October, 2019.

About this Independent Study

All patients have histories that affect their health and perspectives on healthcare and healthcare providers. Those who are from or who cross the border between the U.S. and Mexico may have experienced trauma or other events that profoundly affect how they are able to access and process health care.

Clinicians who work with border populations are able to follow clinical guidelines in providing care, but often do not take into account the effects of trauma on their clients. Clients who have experienced trauma are re-traumatized by medical practices and policies that are not client-centered.

By attending this training, providers will increase use of client centered skills to create a safe environment for all patients, especially those who have experienced trauma.

Who Should Attend

Health Educators, clinicians, community health workers, administrators, counselors and staff who work with border populations.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • List the effects of trauma on behavior
  • Explain how trauma impacts the health of border communities
  • Apply a trauma-informed approach for achieving positive health outcomes in border communities


Lisa Schergen, MA

Lisa Schergen, M.A. is a health educator and trainer with a background in social anthropology. She has been teaching and training on topics related to health, culture, and sexuality for 8 years. She is the primary trainer on a three year project funded by FYSBY, for which she regularly trains and educates about social determinants of health and teen pregnancy prevention. In addition, Lisa also provides training and technical assistance for the Texas Department of State Health Services on topics such as gender and sexual diversity and health disparities. Her approach is heavily informed by a social justice perspective.

Deliana Garcia, MA

As Director of International Projects, Research, and Development for the Migrant Clinicians Network, Deliana Garcia writes and presents on the health needs of migrants and the disparities in the provision of health care services they suffer. She has developed clinician training on infectious and chronic diseases and programs to assist migrants to remain in clinical care as they move for purposes of employment. Ms. Garcia has been involved with migrant populations for 20 years. She has worked in the areas of reproductive health, access to primary care and infectious disease at the local, state, national and international level through program and policy development and publications for more than 25 years. Her past experience includes direct patient education, legislative advocacy and as a consultant to federally qualified health centers in the U.S.

Registration & Fees

Please note that there is no fee to view this activity. At the end of the course, you have the opportunity to complete an evaluation and to receive a free certificate of completion.

You may also request a free certificate of continuing education for one hour of community health worker (CHW) continuing education.

Continuing Education (CE)

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Upon successful completion of this activity, including submission of the evaluation, 1.0 CHW contact hour on Knowledge Base will be awarded.


Contact Lori Weber at 512.474.2166 or [email protected]