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The Trauma Gap: Why Marginalized Populations Are Most At Risk

Wednesday, 27 September 2023 12:45 PM

Holistic Healing Through Haley's Mind of Care Services

BOWIE, MD / ACCESSWIRE / September 27, 2023 / Trauma is claiming young lives nationwide at an alarming rate. According to the National Academies Press and the National Institutes of Health, trauma is the number one cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 46, ending countless lives each year.

But trauma does not impact all communities equally. Extensive research shows that Black, Native American, low-income, and rural populations suffer disproportionately from traumatic experiences and their devastating consequences. A recent report from USA Today found that people of color, those living in poverty, and residents of rural areas die from traumatic injury at markedly higher rates than that of their urban, affluent, and white counterparts.

Behind these troubling statistics lie many heartbreaking and preventable losses of young lives cut short by violence, addiction, and lack of access to care. Systemic inequities feed the trauma epidemic in marginalized communities. Poverty brings increased exposure to violence and addiction. Racism and discrimination prevent people of color from getting quality treatment. Rural areas lack trauma centers and emergency services. Add to this the everyday stressors of food insecurity, unstable housing, and lack of healthcare, and trauma becomes inevitable.

The good news is trauma can be prevented, treated, and overcome with the right interventions. That's where trailblazers like Dr. Emma Norfleet-Haley come in.

Emma Norfleet-Haley speaks at the R.I.S.E. - W.I.S.E. - W.I.N. Congress

Dr. Norfleet-Haley, a clinical social worker and trauma specialist, has spent 36 years helping women heal from traumatic experiences. Early in her career, she noticed many female trauma survivors struggling to manage residual symptoms like anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, and even imposter syndrome. This prompted her to found Haley's Mind of Care Services, (HMOCS), a minority-owned mental health agency aimed at supporting women of low socioeconomic status learn new coping methods and thought processes to triumph over tragedy.

With a doctorate in psychology, Dr. Norfleet-Haley takes a holistic approach to trauma recovery, addressing mind, body and spirit. Her work empowers women to gain control over trauma responses.

A key focus is serving marginalized women in Dr. Norfleet-Haley's community. "I specialize in treating low-income women of color because they often have the least access to trauma care," she explains. "Many cannot afford private therapy. My mission is giving them tools to heal, thrive and break cycles of trauma." Though centered in her city, Dr. Norfleet-Haley hopes to expand Haley's Mind of Care through telehealth to reach women nationwide.

"Healing trauma requires an approach bigger than any one person," says Dr. Norfleet-Haley. "My dream is a national trauma-informed care movement led by the communities most impacted." The trauma epidemic remains daunting, but change agents like Dr. Norfleet-Haley prove recovery is possible. With awareness, advocacy and action, we can build trauma-informed systems that ensure health, safety and justice for all young Americans.


Haley's Mind of Care Services (HMOCS) is an outpatient minority-owned mental health agency that provides weekly psychotherapy services to individuals, families, couples, and groups that have survived trauma. President and CEO Dr. Emma Norfleet-Haley (PsyD., LCSW, LICSW, LCSW-C, CAMS I) is an International Motivational Speaker, Trauma Expert, and Author of How to Unmask and Resolve Trauma, with decades of experience working with parents, at-risk teens and psychiatric patients. Since 2008, HMOCS's mission is to improve the overall emotional, social, interpersonal, familial, and vocational well-being of trauma survivors' continued negative-life impact. For more information, visit For additional information, visit Haley's Mind of Care Services on Facebook and Instagram.


Emma Norfleet-Haley
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SOURCE: Haley's Mind of Care Services, LLC

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