The Approach

Trauma-informed and resiliency approaches provide a pathway for communities to better deal with toxic stress and its impact on health outcomes and overall wellbeing

 Trauma-informed and resiliency approaches provide a pathway for communities to better deal with toxic stress and its impact on health outcomes and overall wellbeing


Youth Violence Prevention

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Youth violence interrupts the dreams and potential of young people. Observing, witnessing, and experiencing violence and trauma prevents youth from fully thriving and can impact their health and wellbeing later in life.

Youth violence can take many forms including bullying, gang violence, gun violence, and unsafe relationships. Communities must own the responsibility to create safer environments for youth.

Communities should play an active role in preventing and addressing youth violence through rich partnerships and resources that nurture youth growth and potential.

Those in leadership should actively advocate for innovative solutions that are grounded in resiliency and safety.

Youth voices are central to the conversation such as how they envision safer homes, schools, and community environments.


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A racial equity vision means that all Mecklenburg residents are able to access services available to them. Communities that operate in equity can overcome the injustices that have disproportionately caused harmed while working towards transformative changes that help all people to thrive.

Addressing racial inequity and racism can support Black and Brown communities in achieving optimal health and wellness.

  • Eliminating barriers and stigma
  • Increasing access to resources and services
  • Expanding knowledge around diversity and inclusion
  • Advocating for marginalized communities
  • Community voices are heard and respected

Equitable Access
to Services

Research provides evidence that root causes of barriers to service include:

  • Cost
  • Transportation
  • Lack of cultural humility
  • Availability of adequate services

“Access to care often varies based on race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, sex, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and residential location.”

  • Quality of care remains high for all regardless of ability to pay
  • Seamless connection to physical, social, behavioral and mental healthcare resources  (ex: NCCARE360, Aunt Bertha)
  • All clients feel seen, heard, and respected and are honored by trauma-informed care principles
  • Services reflect residents’ needs, voices, and vision



Resiliency and Trauma-Informed Care Trainings

Training equipted participants with awareness, tools, and resources to support resiliency and trauma-informed care in the workplace, community, and personal life.

Approved Vendors:

  • Charlotte Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
    National Council for Mental Wellbeing (formerly National Council for Behavioral Health)
    Resources for Resilience™
  • Mental Health America of Central Carolinas

Trauma-Informed Learning Community

The Trauma-Informed Learning Community provided community organizations an opportunity to join a growing coalition of advocates for trauma-informed leadership. This year-long commitment included personalized mentorship, leadership tools, and resources to support organizational change. 

Approved Vendor:

  • Charlotte Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
    National Council for Mental Wellbeing (formerly National Council for Behavioral Health)

Faith Healing Hubs Pilot

Faith Healing Hubs demonstrated a holistic approach to behavioral health and increased non-traditional entryways into services for youth and families.

Approved Vendors:

  • Camino Church, Inc.
  • Clinton Chapel Ministries, Inc.
  • Iglesia Cristiana Puerto Nuevo
  • New Beginnings Community Counseling Center

Youth Violence Prevention Pilot

Youth Violence Prevention Pilot supported youth-serving organizations to implement the CDC VetoViolence model into their daily work and advance community-led violence prevention strategies.

Approved Vendors:

  • Iglesia Cristiana Puerto Nuevo
  • Christ Centered Community Counseling (C4)
  • Help Adolescents Speak Out
  • HEAL Charlotte

Local Evaluation

Data collection is necessary for understanding community needs and how meaningful change is taking place. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) was the approved vendor for the official program evaluation for ReCAST Mecklenburg Cycle 1. Their role was to collect data and evaluate the effectiveness of trainings and programs.

Evaluation Team:

  • Shanti Kulkarni, PhD – Lead Evaluator
  • Marie B. White, MSW, LCSW
  • Tianca Crocker, PhD, MSW

Assessments and Reports

Approved ReCAST Cycle 1 Grant

Behavioral Health Disparities Impact Statement

Community Needs and Resource Assessment 

Community Strategic Plan

Local Evaluation Plan

Annual Report – Year 1

Annual Report – Year 2

Annual Report – Year 3

Annual Report – Year 4

The ReCAST Team facilitates the daily work of the grant.



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Past Project Staff

Dr. Raynard Washington – Public Health Director, Principal Investigator

Dr. Tamikia Greene – Assistant Health Director, Case Management & Health Partnerships

Andrea Quick – Senior Heath Program Manager, Program Director

Mykaela Johnson – Health Program Supervisor, Project Coordinator