HPRT has been instrumental in the integration of mental health into mainstream health care practice and in the development of tools and approaches that can be easily used by health care professionals in a wide variety of contexts.
- HPRT founded the Indochinese Psychiatry Clinic (IPC), one of the first refugee mental health clinics within the primary health care system in the United States, in December 1981. HPRT directs one of the world’s leading torture treatment Centers.
- HPRT developed and culturally validated 2 screening instruments used for assessing trauma events, depression and posttraumatic stress. The Hopkins Symptom Checklist 25 (HSCL-25) and the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire (HTQ) have become the “gold standard” in the health care field and have been translated into over 30 languages.
- HPRT developed and field-tested a culture and evidence-based clinical model and toolkit for caring for traumatized patients in primary health care. HPRT’s approach has served as a national model for the care of torture survivors in the US and abroad. HPRT’s model was implemented recently by the Ministry of Health in Uganda.
- HPRT developed a clinical model addressing primary health care needs in disaster situations and established of mental health care in primary health care settings in post-conflict countries. For example, HPRT created the first mental health clinic in primary health care in a post-conflict society in Cambodia in early 1992. Drawing on this experience, HPRT developed and implemented a comprehensive and holistic system of primary care for traumatized populations in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Peru.
- HPRT implemented a primary health care approach for local providers in the earthquake zone of Kobe, Japan (1995), September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks in NYC, and the earthquake in Abruzzo, Italy (2009).