The YWCA is hosting a webinar on sexual assault and women in our communities, but the main crux of the session appears to be the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act. Senator Robert Casey of Pennsylvania, author of the legislation, will be the featured speaker. The session is November 3rd from 11 am-12 pm ET.
Like so many of you, I make my living on the road. There is no shortage of work to be done out there, and I am blessed to be invited to places I might not ever see otherwise. I have made some truly lasting friendships from this life on the road; I met my partner in this manner, as well. I tell you this because I love what I do, and the way I get to do it. That being said, there are also some things I have learned about a life on the road, and not all of them are pretty. Here now, my latest 10 Things list: Truisms From the Road.
The CDC is hosting a webinar Friday, November 4th at 2pm ET, The CDC’s Response to Injury: Update for Partners from the Division of Injury Response. The session will focus on traumatic brain injury, terrorism and disaster response. Register for the session here.
Check out the newest applied research paper over at VAWnet: New Language, Old Problem: Sex Trafficking of American Indian Women and Children by Alexandra (Sandi) Pierce and Suzanne Koepplinger.
If you know me, you know I am very interested in the business aspect of the work we do, including the cost of violence itself. You can check out the clinical guide on the subject if it’s of interest to you, as well. I am adding a new report to it today: The IOM has just released their workshop summary, The Social and Economic Cost of Violence.
Speaking of the IOM, if you were in Montreal, you heard a lot about the IOM report, The Future of Nursing. Specifically, the issue of the BSN as entry into practice. There’s going to be a lot of debate about this in our circles over the coming months, so my advice to everyone is, start by educating yourself. No need to read the entire (672 page) report, although you certainly can. But it would certainly be a good idea to read the 4 page Report Brief (PDF), which does a nice job of encapsulating the core issues. And then, think about where you fall out on this issue, understanding that being proactive will always be the better course over being reactive.
Montreal was a whirlwind: exhausting, rejuvenating, exciting…Thanks to everyone who sought me out to talk to me about FHO. Did you know we have almost 500 regular subscribers? And countless more who just stop by to read at their leisure? I love that this site has introduced me to so many new colleagues and friends. Thanks to everyone who supports us.
Time once again for a favorite past time here at FHO: Spot the Myths. This time from my hometown of Cleveland, OH, a report of a sexual assault at the Occupy Cleveland protests.
Sexual assault victim as plant. Awesome. Perhaps the NBC affiliate would benefit from some quality time with these nice folks.
The Essence of Nursing: Forensic Nursing is now available on the IAFN Youtube channel. We had the screening here in Montreal last night…what a powerful documentary to be able to use with your community and with funders to help understand the scope and the nuances of the work we do. You can find it in 3 parts after the jump…
The Prevention Institute’s UNITY project has a new fact sheet on the links between violence and health equity. Please read and tuck away in your “reasons why evidence collection should not be the guiding principle behind the work of forensic clinicians” file.
See also: fact sheets on links between violence and mental health; violence and chronic disease; and violence and learning.
PreventConnect has a great blog post over at their site today on a new article looking at prevention of partner violence in immigrant and refugee communities. Some of the prevention strategies are excellent for providers to consider, as well.
We were talking health policy at dinner last night, and the subject of health care reform came up. Our very plugged in lobbyist mentioned that the Kaiser Family Foundation had created a cartoon that explains the issue beautifully (a la Schoolhouse Rocks). I’m on my iPad today so I can’t actually embed it, but to view the cartoon, you can check out the site. You can also read the transcript (PDF). Having a basic handle on the issue will serve us all well, as we look for more healthcare dollars to support the work of forensic clinicians.
I am heading to Montreal this morning for one of the highlights of my year: the IAFN Annual Scientific Assembly. I hope to see many of you there. Please come find me and let me know you’re a reader (along with suggestions and comments, since feedback for ways to improve the site is always welcome). For those of you not able to make it, I will try and tweet updates from the Assembly as much as possible. I encourage others to do so, as well. If you do, please include #IAFN and #FHO in your tweet.
Looking forward to a week with so many friends. And looking forward to meeting more FHO readers in person, something I’m fortunate enough to be able to do just about everywhere I go–but nowhere more so than at the Assembly.
(BTW, looking for transportation options to the Hyatt once you arrive in Montreal? Find it after the jump.)
At last, a concise beginner’s primer on using social media in healthcare. For those of you who are hesitant to wade into social media, or aren’t sure about the different types of social media available, this is a good place to start. It also contains a brief section on the medical ethics of social media, which is appropriate for any level of user.
I love this: Wednesday, October 19th, at 3pm ET NRCDV and VAWnet are hosting a healthy relationship Twitter Town Hall (PDF). Many of us will be in Montreal for the Scientific Assembly, but it would be great to see IAFN members take part in this event. Not sure how this even works? More info after the jump…
I’m on the road today (natch), and this marks my 1st attempt at blogging via my iPad. So we’ll keep this short and I will leave you with this head-scratcher. Discuss.