University of Illinois at Chicago, Urban Youth Trauma Center, Institute for Juvenile Research

Funding Period: 
[2016 - 2021, 2012 - 2016 and 2009 - 2012]
The Urban Youth Trauma Center’s Project T.R.I.U.M.P.H. (Trauma Resiliency through Integrated Urban Models: Partnerships for Hope) seeks to disseminate evidence-based practices to reduce and prevent behavioral health disparities resulting from community violence and traumatic stress with co-occurring substance abuse and behavioral problems among underserved youth and their families, with a special emphasis on low-income urban, ethnic, linguistic, and religious minority communities. UYTC’s goals are to: a) raise public awareness through NCTSN collaborations and a national media campaign that includes youth-oriented messages; b) provide specialized training and consultation to clinicians and youth serving providers; and c) engage and mobilize partners in strategic collaborations that include clinical, community, and policy constituents spanning across youth service system sectors to address community violence and behavioral health disparities. Project TRIUMPH will emphasize: 1) public awareness messages disseminated to youth, service providers, and general audiences in-person, online and through social media; 2) specialized intervention training provided to clinicians on manualized mental health services using the two UYTC family-focused treatment protocols of Trauma Systems Therapy for Adolescent Substance Abuse (for co-occurring trauma and substance abuse) and STRONG Families (for co-occurring trauma and disruptive behaviors); and 3) best practices prevention training and strategic engagement for clinicians, youth providers, community members, and young adults using the community violence prevention protocol YOUTH-CAN. UYTC uses a comprehensive socio-ecological model that partners with providers across the youth service system including caregivers, clinics, agencies
City, State: 
Chicago, IL
Liza Suarez
(312) 413-4628