I’ll keep this brief, because I have much to do today and intend to take the rest of the week off (surrounded by family and eating my weight in Thanksgiving/Hanukkah treats). Also, we’re nursing colds in the FHO household right now, so some prescribed down time is in order. First things first: today begins the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Violence Campaign. Head over to their site to read up on the campaign, get some ideas for how you can participate and check out their downloadable resources.
Yesterday, Polaris Project released a new report, Human Trafficking Trends in the United States. I know I am bombarding you guys with reading material, but let’s face it, I always bombard you guys with reading material, so, you know, consistency. There’s some pretty interesting data in this document, and for those of you with time or attention constraints, you can get get a good overview in the Executive Summary.
This week, the National Research Council released its report, Estimating the Incidence of Rape and Sexual Assault. The report looks at existing crime victimization surveys and makes recommendations on how to more accurately capture numbers of rape and sexual assault in the US. While this is a lengthy and chewy document, it’s certainly worth a review. You can read the press release here. Note that currently only uncorrected proofs are available for download.
There are so many projects happening at any given time that sometimes you forget some of them actually get completed. So I was pretty happy to see one that is particularly near and dear to my heart come to fruition today. Legal Momentum‘s National Judicial Education Project just released their newest model curriculum, Medical Forensic Sexual Assault Examinations: What Are They and What Can They Tell the Courts? Information about the curriculum after the jump:
So this is fascinating: the nice folks at the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, one of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, created a mobile app to help gauge and improve clinician resilience (aka: avoid burnout). I don’t know how effective it is, but I downloaded it to my iPhone today (it’s free) and will play with it this evening.
An unexpected week at home means serious immersion into curriculum writing and some work for the military. There really is nothing so amazing as finding out that your week of travel is now being covered by someone else (although I am missing the opportunity to cross off my 50th state by staying home). Knowing I’d be home this week meant a low key weekend with plenty of time to read. So here’s what’s caught my attention since last we spoke:
I mentioned the MORE article in a recent Since Last We Spoke post, but yesterday, the survey they featured exploring the relationship between domestic violence and chronic health conditions was formally discussed at a Capitol Hill briefing sponsored by the magazine and the Verizon Foundation. As part of that briefing they also released a really nice executive summary of the study results (PDF). Trying to make a case to your hospital that your program should be responding to more than just sexual assault patients? Or are you trying to make the case to your organization’s administration or your funders that DV is a public health issue? Add this to your supporting documents. (You can also check out a report on the study by MSNBC here.)
FORGE has a webinar coming up: Trans-Specific Barriers to Accessing Healthcare. It’ll be held November 21st from 2-3:30 pm CT. I do not know of a program that doesn’t need some additional training on making quality care accessible to *all* patients, so I would encourage you to attend if you’re able to make it work with your schedule. And FORGE has some great information specifically for clinicians, so don’t forget to check out their online resources.
Piggybacking on the release of this excellent document (at least in my mind–don’t know if that’s actually the way this was conceived), allow me to link you one of the newer elearning options available through NSVRC, Maturing Your Services: Advocating for Survivors of Sexual Violence in Later Life. Don’t let the word advocating put you off, healthcare people, this is for you, too. Details after the jump:
There’s something I want to talk about that follows-up on a post I published prior to going to Anaheim a couple weeks ago. It also ties in nicely with some tough experiences friends around the country are going through right now. And that is this: putting something new into the world, changing something up, will inevitably invite commentary. Some of the commentary will be constructive, useful–feedback that will help you grow in your endeavors and be better than before. However, some of the commentary will be patently unhelpful–it will descend from some remote place without the benefit of context or compassion. These are comments only meant to wound or unmoor their target and they can be devastating.
Happy Forensic Nurses Week to all of my friends and colleagues around the world! (It’s also National Nurse Practitioner Week, so a shout out to my fellow NPs out there–lots going on this week to celebrate.)
I am currently hopscotching my way back across the country after stealing a weekend with my spouse in Santa Fe (post-awesome week of SANE training in Montana). Plenty of time to catch up on some reading since I did not do anything even related to work while down there (hello Canyon Road., hello silver jewelry, hello green chile). Tomorrow I will be back at it, but for today I am hurrying up and waiting–a lot. So here’s what I’ve been reading (today) since last we spoke:
The Tribal Forensic Healthcare project’s pediatric webinar for December is Child Neglect: A Review. The session is being offered on December 2nd from 3-4:30pm ET and has CEUs available at no cost (CMEs have been applied for). Even if you don’t take care of AI/AN patients, these webinars are a great opportunity to enhance your skill set and get free CEs, so I encourage you to check them out.
Time once again for this month’s Articles of Note, a look at what’s new in the peer-reviewed literature. Naturally this isn’t a comprehensive overview, but simply the research that has caught my eye recently. What follows is a list of articles with links; contact me if you’d like the information in a word doc.
Can I just tell you, I have been waiting *so long* for this to come out. I was lucky enough to get to review it, so I have known for some time what you all will now see–NSVRC has published an excellent technical assistance guide, written by Jennifer Pierce-Weeks, Sexual Violence in Later Life. It’s written for clinicians and it’s full of clinically relevant information that will make all of us better at caring for this patient population. It certainly won’t hurt your ability to testify, either.
New research was released Monday at the APHA meeting in Boston on the public health cost of gun violence. Add this to our ongoing conversation about the cost of violence. No full report on this research yet, but you can check out the summary reports here and here.
From APHA’s press release:
“Firearm injuries in the U.S. cost $18.9 billion in hospital resources between 2003 and 2010, according to new research released today at the American Public Health Association’s 141st Annual Meeting in Boston.
According to the research, 252,181 victims of gunfire in the U.S. resulted in 1.8 million days of hospital service — an average of 7.1 days per incident. The average cost of medical treatment for each hospitalization was $75,884. Additionally, roughly one in three patients was uninsured.”
I’m in Montana this week, teaching a SANE course, so you know it’s going to be a busy one. I’ll try and keep posts regular, but I’m asking for a bit of leeway on that. You just never know what your connectivity and your time looks like during one of these weeks. My hope is that among other things, you’ll see a new Articles of Note (I may be overly optimistic). In the meantime, here’s some of what I’ve been reading since last we spoke:
OJJDP has a new bulletin out: Children’s Exposure to Violence and the Intersection Between Delinquency and Victimization (PDF). This is the latest in their series on the National Survey of Children Exposed to Violence–find all of them here. And you can review the full survey results here.