Learn about Trauma-Related Resources Through the City of St. Louis Department of Health’s First Instagram Live

Tuesday's conversation will share ways to volunteer, access training and self-care kits, and support those faced with trauma-related issues.

December 18, 2023 | 2 min reading time

The City of St. Louis Department of Health will bring awareness to the efforts of its community partner, Power4STL, as it works to reduce overdose rates through harm reduction efforts in the St. Louis area through a lunchtime Instagram Live tomorrow, December 19, at 1:00 p.m.

In 2022, the City of St. Louis experienced 487 overdose deaths, with the number of Black fatalities greater than Whites or other races. Black St. Louisans were also disproportionally impacted by overdose fatalities in 2021.

Director of Health Dr. Mati Hlatshwayo Davis will sit down with Dr. LJ Punch, the Executive Director and Medical Director of Power4STL, a community of health that works to reduce the impact of trauma in the St. Louis region. In October, Power4STL saw 114 participants at The T, 44 patients at the Bullet Related Injury Clinic (BRIC), held 18 community events, and made 849 encounters through its “Are U OK” campaign, which provides anti-stigma and overdose prevention training.

“Tuesday’s conversation will dive more into that work to highlight that campaign, the additional services, and the unique programs that Power4STL offers,” says Dr. Hlatshwayo Davis. “It will also cover how area residents can get involved through volunteerism, how to access educational training and self-care kits, and support those directly faced with trauma-related issues.”

“This is another example of how community is key to our work at Power4STL,” says Dr. Punch. “We collaborated with healthcare professionals, students, and community members to create “The T” and we welcome the collaboration with the City of St. Louis Department of Health on this inaugural initiative and our ongoing projects through both organizations.”

Tuesday’s Instagram Live on @CityofSTLDOH will be the first broadcast on the platform for the City of St. Louis Department of Health. Be sure to join us at Instagram.com/cityofstldoh to join the conversation. Questions ahead of Tuesday should be directed to Evorian Wright, Program Specialist II, at WrightE@stlouis-mo.gov

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