Addressing a Wicked Problem
Funded research sited by a task force for the City of New Orleans, surveyed 5,000 youth between 2012 and 2018. They found a startling prevalence of youth living through profoundly traumatic events. This reality calls for the development of interventions that will heal and partnerships that promote trauma-informed spaces.
The existing institutions to treat and support children living with trauma are fragmented. Strongly cohesive naturally occurring social networks (NOSN), that have decades of history in the various communities of Orleans Parish (Metro New Orleans), serve a strong healing purpose for people historically disenfranchised from traditional mental health and social supports. These are Mardi Gras Indian Tribes, Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs and Second Line groups.
Getting the evidence-based clinical resources of the formal support structures paired with culturally competent access for the affected community has been historically challenging and problematic. The people that know how to help our children do not have functional access, and those with access are not empowered to get our children into formal services when they are needed.
We seek to address the “wicked problem” through three aims:
- We plan to unify fragmented systems of support
- We plan to create trauma informed spaces in New Orleans social networks.
- We plan to connect formal pediatric mental health structures with naturally occurring informal ones.