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I know health literacy and written communication is not the sexiest topic in the world. But here at FHO, we’re pretty committed to making sure all of our patients receive the highest quality, targeted healthcare services. This means that when we’re discharging patients, they receive materials that allow them to best understand how to care for themselves once they leave our charge. That’s part of what separates us from forensic evidence techs, after all.
Like many of you, I get a ridiculous amount of email. Much of it gets deleted without reading (not the mail from individuals, but the updates from organizations and agencies, which are often sacrificed for the sake of simply managing my workload). However, I try to always at least skim the mail from the Family Violence Prevention Fund. Which I did this morning, sipping jasmine tea and actively procrastinating completing a few expense forms that need to get done.
I received an email from a reader asking me to please post information about the financial cost of child abuse in the US. I’m happy to be able to post some relatively recent publications on the topic, the most specific being Prevent Child Abuse America’s 2007 report, Total Estimated Cost of Child Abuse and Neglect in the United States: An Economic Impact Study (PDF). (UPDATE: Click through for more current resources)
The University of Washington’s School of Nursing has created an online course for healthcare providers: Domestic Violence (DV): Recognizing and Responding to Victims and Perpetrators in the Health Care Setting. There are 2 modules–one on recognizing and responding to perpetrators, the other focused on victims. Modules are $10 a piece, and award 1 CEU each.
April 20th is Sexual Assault Awareness Month’s Day of Action. This year’s theme is preventing sexual violence on our campuses. Hopefully you have thought about how you would like to commemorate this day, but if you haven’t, NSVRC has some fantastic suggestions for you. Although it’s just under a month away, there’s still time to make this day impactful. I would really love to see clinicians participating in some way, because prevention is a critical part of our role.
MNCASA‘s Sexual Violence Justice Institute is hosting the last of a 4-part series on the SART Protocol Development Cycle, Monday April 26th at 12pm CT: Monitoring Progress and Evaluating Success for SARTs and Other Multidisciplinary Teams Responding to Sexual Violence. Participation is free, but preregistration is required.
VAWNet released a new collection today on traumatic brain injury and domestic violence. “It provides advocates and other professionals with tools to screen for TBI within the context of domestic violence as well as presentations, articles, and other relevant resources on the topic…The purpose of this collection is to: 1) increase knowledge and understanding of TBI within the context of domestic violence, 2) provide tools to advocates and other professionals to screen domestic violence survivors for TBI, and 3) highlight best practices.”
As I have mentioned (and as evidenced by a few holes in the posts over the last several weeks), I am on a ridiculous travel jag right now that has me in 12 cities over 8 weeks across all 4 continental US time zones (thankfully the international travel doesn’t begin til the Summer), military and civilian. Last week it was Dallas and DC for a combined 8 days. Tomorrow I leave for San Francisco for a week, although happily, my family will join me for a portion of that trip. I figured now was a perfect time for a new 10 Things post…
Boys and Girls Club of America is hosting a free webinar on bullying March 23rd at 2pm ET. “This session will focus on the issue of bullying, child safety and the effects it’s having on our nation’s youth. You will receive insight into why bullying occurs and excellent information and resources to help youth development and family strengthening professionals, as well as parents, prevent bullying in their own communities”.
The Stalking Resource Center will be hosting a free webinar on stalking and sexual assault April 9th at 2pm ET. Be forewarned, this offering will be capped at 100 people, so if you’re interested in attending, register ASAP. “Research indicates that there is a connection between stalking and sexual assault -both pre- and post-assault…
I am very honored to be the consultant on some exciting research being conducted by Dr. Rebecca Campbell and colleagues at Michigan State University. If you are interested in participating in a project that will assist you in evaluating the efficacy of your program on criminal justice outcomes, please read more about how to apply, after the jump:
I cannot believe it’s already mid-March and I am *just* getting to this post. Between CCAW in Dallas (fantastic and more than 700 attendees) and a court martial that had me sequestered without internet, last week was a wash in terms of getting much done. Finally, though, it’s time for March’s Articles of Note. All of these are from the late February/March/April issues and electronic previews. 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. Links lead to PubMed abstracts; 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.
- Identify three reasons why we should work to bridge language barriers when communicating with our patients
- List five ways to improve our ability to communicate with limited English speaking patients including how to work with trained or untrained interpreters, and
- Identify available resources to make our practices more friendly for limited English speaking patients
March 30th at 2pm ET SAFEta Source will be hosting a webinar on victim-centered care. Co-presented by Kim Day (IAFN) and Laura Williams (MNCASA), this webinar will offer education and practical solutions to clinicians, advocates, and law enforcement professionals on the sometimes clashing ideas of what victim centered care looks like. At the end of the event, attendees will:
- Have an increased understanding of what ‘victim centered’ care is;
- Understand the impact that victim centered care can have on design, implementation and evaluation of local protocol responses to sexual assault.
- Be able to maximize ways to ensure that your team is victim centered
Many of you have probably followed the case of the 2 Texas nurses who reported an emergency department physician’s negligent practice to the state medical board and were ultimately prosecuted for doing so. Now Medscape has a follow-up article on the story with some excellent points for us to consider about our professional and ethical obligations to speak up in the face of substandard care delivery. It also provides some updates on the status of the case.
IAFN is hosting a webinar on investigating infant deaths April 6th at 2pm ET. This will be the 1st webinar of the 2010 IAFN Webinar Series, and it’s being presented by Bobbi Jo O’Neal, BSN, RN, F-ABMDI, Deputy Coroner for Charleston County, South Carolina.
I’m on my way to Dallas for the Conference on Crimes Against Women, but before I go, I wanted to post a very powerful TED presentation by Sunitha Krishnan on fighting sex slavery. It’s tough to watch some portions, but it’s powerful and under 15 minutes. She talks bluntly about the realities of trafficking, but also has some important prevention messages, as well.
Congratulations, Laura Maguire! Random.org picked you out of the bunch (a fact I will you all to trust me on as I am posting mobile-ly today and can’t capture the screenshot of the randomizer). Laura, give me a shout through the Contact form so I can get a mailing address for you.
Stay tuned for our next giveaway announcement. Might just be mixing things up a bit…
Last week, the US Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law held hearings on child prostitution and sex trafficking in the US. Among the speakers was Rachel Lloyd from GEMS, Anita Alvarez, the elected state’s attorney from Cook County, IL (the 2nd largest prosecutor’s office in the country, FYI), and Senator Ron Widen (OR).