The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education has a series of grand round webinars on mental health issues for rural and frontier healthcare providers. CEUs & CMEs are available 1 year from the time of the original offerings, so all of these have CEs in place through at least November, ’09 (and 3 of the 4 well into Spring 2010). Access is free of charge; all are approximately 90 minutes long.
1. Identify factors that affect blast injuries.
2. Describe the types of injuries that can occur from explosions.
3. Define the two major classifications of explosives.
4. Describe basic mechanisms of blast injuries.
5. Identify the types of injuries associated with blast mechanisms.
6. Identify disorders that might be missed during an initial assessment.
7. Identify management options for blast emergencies.
8. Describe plans to care for survivors of blast injuries.
HRSA’s Maternal Child Health Bureau has an archived webinar on the intersection of HIV/AIDS and violence against women, originally presented last spring. You can view the offering with slides and audio, or download an MP3 to listen to on your iPod later on. There are also transcripts of the session available. These guys put on a great array of webinars–a lot of topics not being presented frequently that are truly clinically relevant. Now if they would just start offering CEs with them…
I’m in Boise, Idaho this week speaking at their 2 Days in June conference (with the fantastic Doug Miles, one of my favorite traveling companions). One of the topics we’re presenting is Using Experts in DV and Sexual Assault Cases. I’ve actually written on the topic before, in a monograph for NDAA: The Role of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners in the Prosecution of Domestic Violence Cases. My friend and new boss, Jennifer Long, formerly of NDAA, wrote a related monograph in that series: Introducing Expert Testimony to Explain Victim Behavior in Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Cases. You can download both of them (along with the rest of the monographs in that series) here. Yes, they’re written for lawyers, but I think there’s valuable info there for anyone working as an expert in these types of cases.
And if you’re attending 2 Days in June, please come by and say hello!
Witness Justice & Trainingforums.org have just announced a new web forum on domestic violence and faith-based communities, specifically the African-American community. The forum is being facilitated by Dr. Aleese Moore-Orbih from the Faith Trust Institute. “This forum will highlight some of the common, complex and culturally specific contributors to violence against African American women. It will address the role of faith as a resource and a roadblock and offer concrete ways in which faith communities can respond to and support abused women and their children in the African American Community.”
The California Clinical Forensic Medical Training Center has recently posted 7 lectures with slides from the 23rd Annual San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment, held this past January. If you weren’t able to get out to the conference, or you just didn’t get a chance to see everything you wanted to while you were there, here’s your chance. Lectures are $1 a piece to access (yup, one dollar–not a typo).
Well, folks–I’m still hoping to get a few of you to come forward to be the focus of our weekly SANE coordinator Q&A at the sustainability site. I could load it with all of my friends, but what’s the fun in that? The idea is to get some new voices out there and demonstrate the breadth of practice that is working around the country (and in fact, the globe, since we have a pretty international readership here and I know some of you are doing this work in Canada, the UK and Australia). If you’re interested, you can find the questionnaire attachment here. So no Friday Q&A this week. Instead we have:
- A couple resources for guidelines for using grant money, including grant report writing info
- A look at Google’s Youtube channel, Google for Non-Profits–all kinds of cool tools that are both free and easy to use
- A more in-depth peak at IAFN’s Online CE site; I know I posted on their death investigation webinar here yesterday, but if you go to the CE site, there’s an incredible array of offerings, all for pretty cheap (particularly if you are a member). And not just sexual assault either.
My guy turns 40 this weekend, so the celebrations continue here in the 216. I hope you’ll have a relatively celebratory weekend yourself. Enjoy!
Time once again for a run down of some of the new and noteworthy articles in the current literature. Most of these are from the June/July issues; I have included a couple articles electronically available now in anticipation of print publication, as well (all from the last 4 weeks). As always, please keep in mind this in no way a comprehensive list; simply items that have caught my attention from a selection of peer-reviewed journals. All links lead to PubMed abstracts (unless there isn’t one for that article); from there you can choose what’s worth a.) paying for; b.) a pilgrimage to your nearest medical library; or c.) downloading via the full-text access you possibly have at your disposal.
IAFN is hosting a webinar July 28th from 2-3pm ET on Death Investigation: The Basics. Bobbie Jo O’Neal, RN, BSN, F-ABMDI, the Deputy Coroner with the Charleston County North Carolina Coroner’s office will be the featured presenter. She will cover coroner versus medical examiner systems, organizations whose influence can impact death investigations, the role of and skills used by a death investigator and suggestions for those interested in entering the field of death investigation. Members can register for $20 (non-members pay $30).
So tomorrow there won’t be any new posts, because I leave at the crack of dawn to go to DC for a day of, well, creating the next new website (and I won’t get home until basically the crack of dawn almost 24 hours later). Not to be a tease, but until I have a little more substance to give you I’m going to hedge my bets and just say this: funding came through on a developing institute that I am privledged to call my (next) new home. While prosecution will be its focus, a big piece will be helping the medical folks and the legal folks come together more effectively for training and testimony, specifically in the area of violence against women. Since web-based information sharing and archiving is one of the most efficient ways to reach the largest number of people, we’re hoping to put together a killer website (hence the trip to DC tomorrow). So I’ll be back Thursday with new entries, and soon, a new project and website to share.
More will be revealed…
If you have not yet perused this site, Child Abuse Evaluation & Treatment for Medical Providers is a virtual one-stop for all things on this subject. It’s essentially an e-book, with chapters that are well-organized and easy to read. The site is pretty accessible and plentiful links allow you to delve more deeply into subject matter as warranted. And if you’re helping to train police and prosecutors, some of the charts and outlines would be pretty useful for them, as well. My biggest complaint so far (because I’m still working my way through the site, and admittedly, it’s not my area of specialty) is that some of the resources are out of date (read: IAFN, which according to this link still has us in NJ), or just missing (like NSVRC).
The Family Justice Center Alliance‘s next webinar is June 4th at 9am Pacific. The Long Term Consequences of Domestic Violence will be presented by Dr. Ellen Taliaferro. Preregistration is recommended. The site describes the webinar as follows:
Domestic violence has been associated with many different types of health problems, ranging from serious injury and death due to trauma to anxiety, depression, and suicide. The list of reported health consequences for the victim is long and includes:
- Chronic pain syndromes, such as chronic pelvic pain, headaches, and functional GI disorders
- Gynecological problems, including STDs, exposure to HIV, and unwanted pregnancies because of unprotected coerced sexual activity by the battering partner
- Pregnancy-related problems, such as prenatal fetal injury, complications of pregnancy, or presentation in labor without prenatal care
On July 15th, the National Institute of Corrections is holding a live, 3 hour internet broadcast, The Mentally Ill in Jail: Whose Problem Is It Anyway? Participation is free, but you must register in advance.
(photo courtesy of beezy)
Although you wouldn’t know it if you’d been in Seattle with me, today is my actual birthday.
But, hey–I figure 40 deserves a full week.
Thanks to all of you who’ve made it a killer celebration…