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Collaboration offers online student training

Posted on September 18, 2021

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The Rural Opportunity Institute in Edgecombe County has announced a new partnership with N.C. Area Health Education Centers, the Area L AHEC and Barton College in Wilson to launch a new virtual clinical experience addressing the impacts of adverse childhood experiences and trauma on individuals and communities.

In response to COVID-19, Area L AHEC and Barton College partnered to create online modules that could substitute in-person student clinical experiences. They enlisted the help of the Rural Opportunity Institute and 14 of its certified resilience educators to film and produce a module focused on trauma awareness, which is part of N.C. AHEC’s virtual training program made available through each of the state’s nine AHECs covering all 100 counties. 

“I am so proud to be a part of increasing ACEs awareness through this online platform for students in the health field,” said Tyra Hilliard, the Rural Opportunity Institute’s partner relations coordinator. “By increasing awareness of the impact of childhood trauma, we can start to decrease the incorrect diagnoses of ADHD and ADD by considering ACEs while searching for the root cause of behavioral issues.”

Specifically, the virtual clinical experiences provide the following:

• 80 hours of instruction, including 6.5 hours of critical trauma-informed education, for future North Carolina health care professionals who are currently enrolled full-time in a health degree program.

• Case examples of trauma-informed community interactions across various professions (including physicians and school guidance counselors).

• The groundwork for other states and communities across the country to leverage the training within their own education and advocacy programs.

“When planning the adverse childhood experiences or ACEs module, we turned to ROI given their expertise in training trauma-informed community members,” said Dr. Susan Bane, a physician and associate professor of allied health and sport studies at Barton. “Their collaboration has been vital to the success of this module and has provided the students with the opportunity to see how each of us should care for others through a trauma-informed lens — being sensitive to the impact of trauma on others and ourselves.”

For more information about the module, email Bane at

For information about collaborations with the Rural Opportunity Institute or one of its certified resilience trainers, email Tyra Hilliard at

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