Greater Resiliency Intervention Team (GRIT) Team Forming to Help County Residents
El Paso County, CO-El Paso County Public Health is reporting the third death from COVID-19 in El Paso County. The individual who died was a male in his 70s. No additional information is available at this time.
“We express our sincere condolences to the family, friends, and loved-ones of the man who passed due to COVID-19,” said Susan Wheelan, El Paso County Public Health Director. “The public health system including community partners such as hospitals, community organizations, non-profits, businesses and governments are working non-stop as part of the local COVID-19 response. We are doing everything we can to slow the spread of this novel virus, while supporting our community. I commend the public for doing their part as well. We appreciate those who are using credible sources of information to take action, practicing physical distancing and working from home and only going out when necessary. These practices are having a positive impact. We are strong and we will get through this together.”
Due to the nature of this pandemic and the increasing need to maintain physical distance, we are attempting to provide you with as many virtual tools as possible to obtain video footage.
You are authorized to use the footage linked from El Paso County Public Health Medical Director, Robin Johnson, M.D., M.P.H. and Dr. Charles Benight. Dr. Johnson speaks briefly about the loss of this community member as well as Public Health’s on-going efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 and the need for the community to support each other.
Dr. Benight speaks to the collaborative effort between Pikes Peaks United Way and Public Health to provide resources to deal with short and long-term trauma. The effort is called GRIT (Greater Resilience Intervention Teams) and also will include the City of Colorado Springs and El Paso County, with the goal to leverage technology with trained peer teams to provide neighborhood level trauma support, basic mental health referral, and link individuals to online resilience-based interventions.
Please click here to download soundbites from Dr. Charles C. Benight, Ph.D. (UCCS Chair Veteran Health & Trauma, President’s Teaching Scholar, Professor of Psychology, Director CU Trauma, Health, & Hazards Center). Dr. Benight's primary area of research interest is in the human adaptation from trauma. Over the past 18 years he has focused research on recovery from natural disasters, man-made disasters, motor vehicle accident trauma, sexual abuse, domestic violence, and bereavement. Using social cognitive theory he has identified key resilience factors that influence successful recovery.