I was perusing my blog reader this morning at the uncivilized hour of 4am (because my internal alarm clock is always on east coast time), catching up on some reading since I haven’t had a whole lot of down time this week. And I came across a blog post featuring a video based on a David Foster Wallace commencement speech from almost a decade ago.

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The CDC has released the 2013 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Survey. This is pretty much a must-read if you’re caring for sexual assault patients and others who need to be screened, tested, and/or prophylaxed for STDs. One size definitely does not fit all, so understanding issues like increasing prevalence of certain diseases and updated recommendations for screening are critical. You can read the full report here (PDF) or check out the fact sheet (a good handout for discussion at your next staff meeting) here (PDF).

I know that many of you are evaluating drug-endangered children as a part of your practice (or perhaps hoping to expand your practice to include this population), so here’s a brand new resource just out: A Circle of Healing for Native Children Endangered by Drugs is a new 7-part video series available from OVC. You can view portions of it online or order a copy of the full series. Click through for details:

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I know it’s been quiet here for a few days. The truth is that usually when that happens it’s the migraines to blame and not the workload or the travel (although in fairness I’ve gone from Orlando to Charlottesville to Ft Bliss in El Paso, TX since my last post, so the travel has been kicking my butt). While I’m trying to gut out this migraine spiral I’m in, I’ve managed to peruse my social media streams while hanging out in airports. So here’s what’s caught my eye since last we spoke:

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The adult webinar for the Tribal Forensic Healthcare project in January will be one presented by Jennifer Pierce-Weeks and me. Sustaining SANE Programs: Long-Range Thinking for Program Management and Staff is scheduled for January 12th from 3-4:30 pm ET. As with all webinars from this project, CEUs will be available. Click through for session details:

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Thanks to Sheila Early for this: Massachusetts General Hospital and the Massachusetts Medical Society have published Human Trafficking: Guidebook on Identification, Assessment and Response in the Healthcare Setting (PDF). It was published this fall, and although there are a few sections that are state specific, I would recommend this for clinicians regardless of geography. It’s worth your time to review.

I am racing right now, trying to get everything done, as are many of you, no doubt. I had a great time in New Orleans, and now I’m off to Orlando to spend some quality time with the Army JAGs. I was traveling this weekend, and then trying to organize a bit before this next trip–I’m away from home for 11 days, so laundry. Also, how is it possible the holidays are so close? I’ll be taking the week of Christmas off, so I am trying to get as much done in the few remaining days I have at home as humanly possible. Still had time for a bit of reading, though–here’s what caught my eye since last we spoke:

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For those of you looking for continuing education on strangulation, there’s another session coming up, this one a webinar offered by BWJP. It’ll be held on 12 December from 2-3:30pm CT. Dr. Bill Smock will be one of the featured speakers. Registration must happen by 11 December to participate. This will be a good one for multidisciplinary teams, so you may want to forward the webinar details to members of your MDTs and CCRs. Click through for details:

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There’s a new report out from NIJ worth checking out–Teen Dating Violence: How Peers Can Effect Risk and Protective Factors (PDF). I’ll be reading it in an airport somewhere over the next few weeks…

I have a new blog post over on NSVRC’s SANE Sustainability page. This one is on leadership and it includes a podcast from the app, for those who haven’t had an opportunity to check it out yet.