Not surprisingly, I have had an influx of emails this week from nurses asking about formal opportunities to assist in disasters. Coincidentally, Medscape published this article at the beginning of the month that I had intended to post. As with all Medscape articles you must log-in to read it; membership is free. What’s particularly helpful about this article is the last section: “Training Opportunities for Nurse Volunteers“, but the whole things is a good (and quick) read.
We are very fortunate to have ridden out the storm with relatively little damage. But following along on Twitter last night for real time updates, it was clear many of you did not. And many of you were in the thick of things, in the hospitals and on the streets, responding to the crisis and those in need. Let me tell you, that fact was not missed:
A slightly abbreviated list of things I’ve been reading since last we spoke, as we anticipate worsening weather (with potential power outages) as Sandy hits. Hope everyone in the storm’s path is hunkered down, safe and warm (and dry).
Happily, my trip to Japan has been cancelled (I remember a time that would be devastating news–now it is an absolute gift); this means I can catch up on a few things, like an Articles of Note post for instance. What follows are articles that have caught my eye from the late September/ October/ November new publications. All links lead to PubMed abstracts unless otherwise indicated. As always, contact me if you want the full list in a word doc with hyperlinks.
Long time readers know that FHO often serves as my virtual filing cabinet. It’s one of the reasons I started the site–so I’d have a place to keep (and share) relevant info I run across in my travels. Here’s a resource shared with me today to add to the file folder marked human trafficking: Health Care Providers’ Training Needs Related to Human Trafficking: Maximizing the Opportunity to Screen and Intervene (PDF). It was published last year in the Journal of Applied Research on Children. The whole issue is dedicated to human trafficking and is available free, full-text.
PreventConnect has a webinar coming up, Depictions of Children in Media and Pornography: Implications for Prevention. It will be held November 14th from 2-3:30pm ET. If you’re planning on attending, my recommendation is that you register ASAP, as their offerings usually fill quickly. Click through for info about the session and the presenters (including one of my favorites)…
For those of you providing care for military and veteran populations, this might be of particular interest: the Veterans Health Administration Research and Development section is hosting a webinar, VA Resources for Intimate Partner Violence. The session will be held November 27th from 11-12pm ET. No description of the webinar is currently available, so check back with the site.
It’s a very busy time here at FHO. I am always traveling, but these next 3 weeks will be a beast as I head to Twin Falls, Idaho this week, followed by Misawa AFB in Japan, and then Portland, OR, with less than 24 hours at home between each trip. So until I am back home for good (and when I say for good, I mean a week) on November 10th, please bear with me as I try to figure out what time zone I’m in. If I don’t respond to your emails as quickly as usual, just know that I will get to them. Promise.
Some interesting stuff on my twitter feed and in my in-box lately. A lot of business-y things, but the core ideas have real relevance to the work we do, so I include those along with the other more obviously related stuff. Here’s what I’ve been reading since last we spoke:
I wanted to share this piece from the New England Journal of Medicine, Legislative Interference with the Patient-Physician Relationship. It’s really apropos of how *any* of us interact with our patients, the type of anticipatory guidance we provide, and the slippery slope we are currently on. Available as free full-text, it’s a must read.
(Hat tip, Kim Day)
ADD: [Sigh] Comments like this just really crystalize the point of this editorial…
Last night I tweeted an article from one of my favorite business mags about an organization called Notfound.org. They are taking the concept of pictures of missing kids on milk cartons and tweeking it to use space on 404 pages (those pages you occasionally get when you’re looking for content on a web site and it’s not there):
First, let me just say how fantastic it was to meet so many readers this past week in Puerto Rico. I loved the feedback and stories of how you all are using the information from this site. Thanks for making a point of stopping and chatting with me. Second, I would be remiss if I didn’t also tell you that I had a great week (albeit incredibly hectic) getting to see so many friends and colleagues, and how much I missed those of you who couldn’t make it.
We’ve had a huge influx of new readers here at FHO this month. For those of you trying to subscribe, please note you must click on the link Feedburner sent you to activate the subscription. Otherwise I can see you on my subscriber list as inactive, but I can’t change it for you. If you didn’t get a link, check your spam filter–the link often ends up there.
Thanks and welcome!
I’m pleased to announce that my most recent article, Absence of Anogenital Injury in the Adolescent/Adult Female Sexual Assault Patient (PDF), is now available for download from the AEquitas website. Please feel free to share!
The DNA Resource Center is offering a webinar October 23rd at 1pm ET: Sexual Assault Cold Case Survivors and the Neurobiology of Trauma. It’s being presented by one of my favorite people, Dr. Rebecca Campbell. Register for the session here.
October 11th, 2012 has been designated as the 1st International Day of the Girl Child by the United Nations General Assembly. “The day was established to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges they face around the world.” Check out USAID’s page commemorating the day and providing links to the assorted USAID’S programs supporting the health and welfare of girls and young women around the world. This includes programs focusing on trafficking, child marriage and gender-based violence. You can also check out UN Women for articles and resources related to the day. And on Twitter: #dayofthegirl or #girlsday.
The National Child Protection Training Center is offering a webinar: The Impact of Human Trafficking on Children. The session will be held Thursday, October 18th at 2pm CST. There is a $30 registration fee, which unfortunately doesn’t provide CEs for medical folks (but does for law enforcement and attorneys, so please share).
I am in Puerto Rico, preparing for this year’s Assembly, which is one of the highlights of my year. I always look forward to this annual gathering, both because of the content of the conference and the people with whom I spend time. To the extent that I am able, I will be livetweeting the conference. I encourage others who are here to do the same. This year’s hashtag is #iafn2012. If you won’t be able to join us, I hope you’ll join along on Twitter.
(And Happy Thanksgiving to our Canadian readers!)
I had a request for literature related to TBI & domestic violence victimization, so I thought I would post the lit compilation for FHO readers. As always, let me know if you want the word doc.
I think about body language a lot–particularly when I’m in court. I am always very aware of my posture and position when I am sitting listening to testimony and certainly when I am on the stand. There’s no question body language influences how people see you and assumptions that are subsequently made. But I hadn’t really considered how body language impacts our own self-concept.
Half the Sky, a documentary based on the book of the same name, was shown on PBS October 1 & 2. However, if you missed it, it’s available in its entirety thru October 10 online. I haven’t seen it yet, but I read the book after it was given to me as a wonderfully thoughtful speaker’s gift. “Half the Sky follows six celebrity activists including Diane Lane, America Ferrera, Olivia Wilde, and Gabrielle Union as they travel to nine countries and meet inspiring, courageous individuals who are confronting oppression and developing real, meaningful solutions.”
See also: http://www.halftheskymovement.org/