Lakeland Health Welcomes Trauma-Informed Program Director
Sep 13, 2017
(ST. JOSEPH) – Lakeland Health is pleased to welcome Tasha Turner, LLPC, as Program Director for Trauma-Informed Initiatives. In this newly appointed role, Turner’s work will focus on community and in-house education on what trauma is and how it is manifests in the body, including both mental and physical health.
“I am excited to join Lakeland and help drive forward this initiative of building not only a trauma-informed healthcare system, but a trauma-informed community,” said Turner. “Through education and work with our local partners, we aim to build resources to heal the trauma already experienced, to disrupt cycles of intergenerational trauma, and ultimately improve the total health of current and future generations throughout Berrien County.”
Turner earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in sociology from Western Michigan University. She went on to earn a master’s degree in clinical child and family psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago with a focus on emotional trauma.
Prior to coming to Lakeland she worked in numerous capacities in the mental health and social service industry including at one of Illinois’ largest social service agencies, UCAN, and at Hartgrove Behavioral Health Hospital. Most recently Turner worked at the Southwest Children’s Trauma Assessment Center where she was part of an interdisciplinary team that completed trauma assessments for youth currently in the child welfare system as well as adoptees. Turner is a member of the Michigan Mental Health Counselor Association, Midwest Psychological Association, and American Psychological Association.
"Over time, as we conducted the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), it became clear that emotional or psychological trauma is a key factor undermining population health,” said Lynn Todman, PhD, Executive Director Population Health, Lakeland Health. “Trauma is linked to mental illness, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and poor health behaviors -- each of which has been identified as priority health need in the CHNA. Tasha's work will help us to better understand what trauma is, how it impacts population health, and how we can improve health by becoming a trauma-informed healthcare system and community.”