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These communities are making healing happen []


Watch how Baltimore, St. Louis, and San Francisco are helping their communities recover from COVID-19 and other traumas.


This new two-minute video spotlights how Healing City Baltimore, St. Louis ReCAST, and Heal SF (San Francisco) are building healthier communities through healing. Amid COVID-19 and social and racial injustices, these localities are supporting frontline workers, building community connections, and funding projects that matter to the community. Learn more about the local work below.

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About Healing City Baltimore, St. Louis ReCAST, and Heal SF

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  • Healing City Baltimore is a movement of neighbors across the city committed to healing as a foundation to pursuing a racially, socially, and economically just and thriving Baltimore. In February 2020, the City Council passed The Elijah Cummings Healing City Act, which created a citywide task force to identify and lead adoption of trauma-informed policies and best practices across city agencies. Currently, Healing City Baltimore is training city workers on responding to trauma, hosting summits on community building and healing, and enhancing connections between residents through the Baltimore Neighbors Network.

  • St. Louis ReCAST (Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma) focuses on violence prevention, youth engagement, peer support, mental health, and trauma-informed care projects to create community change and promote healing using a participatory approach. All community projects are awarded through a participatory budgeting process, meaning that residents vote to decide how to spend the money. During the pandemic, the county public health department has been able to continue its participatory model to fund projects in priority neighborhoods, including distributing $7 million of Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Stimulus (CARES) Act dollars.

  • Heal SF is training 9,000+ San Francisco employees, implementing trauma-informed, culturally-responsive practices, and leading a regional coalition to advance wellbeing and resilience. In April 2020, Mayor London Breed announced the activation of Heal San Francisco to support the city’s recovery from the impact of mass trauma including the pandemic, fires, and ongoing racial injustice and racism.

The Healing Communities video is part of PI’s Adverse Childhood Experiences and Suicide Prevention Rapid Response Training & Tools. Through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Prevention Institute has partnered with the National League of Cities and Dr. Howard Pinderhughes, Director of the Sociology Doctoral Program at the University of California, San Francisco, to offer training and tools to local government and their partners in supporting their communities.


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