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I can hardly wrap my brain around the fact that it’s the last day of August, and save for a quick jaunt to Miami with my spouse coming up, this year really has been non-stop. That’s not really like us. Travel has always been important, but this year has made it tough to schedule, what with our respective new gigs. I’m looking forward to having more control over my calendar (December), but I am not complaining, and feel immensely grateful for even the briefest opportunity to get away. I spent a lot of time planning the upcoming trip, but there were some other things that caught my eye, as well. Here’s what I was checking out since last we spoke:
IAFN has a new online course available for CE, Surviving the Streets: Experiences of LGBTQ Youth, YMSM, YWSW Engaged in Survival Sex. 1.0 ANCC contact hours are available, and the cost is $15 for members, $30, non-members. Click through for all the details (including the meaning of the acronyms, because I know some of you are scratching your heads with this title):
After a terrific course in San Antonio last week it’s good to get back to the office and get my in-box in order, attempt to get a handle on new projects, and geek out on data waiting for review. It was an unusually social weekend for me (once I made it back from Texas, that is), so it wasn’t until later Sunday evening that I even found time to catch up on what was circulating on the interwebs. Here’s what caught my eye since last we spoke:
Busy day today, so I leave you with Jimmy Carter’s TED Talk on why he believes that the mistreatment of women is the number one human rights abuse. It ranges around a bit, but I appreciate the message from this man, of his particular generation, steeped in religion as he is, in his position of great privilege. It’s especially poignant in the face of the recent announcement of his metastatic liver cancer; this man’s legacy is profound. While we could debate the quality of his presidency, his leadership since his presidency and the good work he has accomplished is undeniable. I hope you enjoy his talk:
I listen to a lot of people present, and obviously I present frequently, as well. Thinking about what works and what doesn’t, here’s my latest 10 Things list. I’m sure I could come up with others, but these rank as the most obvious in my mind. Feel free to add your own in the comments (or challenge some of these, of course):
CDC has an interesting webinar coming up–Risks and Resiliencies: HIV and STIs Among Gay Men, Other Men Who Have Sex with Men and Transgender Women Globally. The session will be held September 3rd from 11am-12pm ET. Click through for details:
A reader requested a place to find me when I’m speaking live, so I have added an Events page in the top Nav. I am only including events that are open to the public, so it won’t be every talk I’m giving, but it will be all the conferences, courses, and grand rounds at which I speak. Thanks for the request.
I’m at Ft Sam Houston this week, so it’ll be a long one for me. I’ll be packing a lot into my time on the road, but I’ll try and keep posts pretty regular. It felt like there was a lot of interesting stuff to read this weekend, and I spent my flight perusing articles I’d set aside–they pretty much carried me through my 3 hours of travel. I’m certain my nosy seatmate was delighted/horrified at my reading choices (more reason for not working on planes). Click through to see what caught my eye since last we spoke:
Wow, there is a lot to read in the journals right now. If you do any kind of work in the area of interpersonal violence, it’s like Christmas (or I suppose purgatory, if you do not love the idea of curling up with a stack of journal articles–take your pic). I’m especially tickled to see some less common topics in the literature (oral injury post-assault, adult caregivers of former abusers), and publications by regular FHO readers (congrats, Dr. Berg Raunick!). Click through for the Word doc with active links and downloadable PDF for sharing (with attribution, please–lots of work goes into compiling these monthly overviews, so give credit and preserve your karma):
Polaris recently published a report for service providers on improving services for LGBTQ human trafficking victims. You can review the report and an accompanying archived webinar that provides an overview of the report here.
Several folks have posted this video from the UK on the neurobiology of trauma that I thought would be of interest to FHO readers. While there are a few things in it that differ from how we discuss the issues in the US, overall, it’s a well-done video that could be useful as a teaching tool on this topic (and they give permission to use it for just such a purpose, which is helpful). Click through to view:
August is such an odd month, full of transition. Getting the kid back to school, thinking about my own transition as I begin wrapping up this gig (what’s next? being my very favorite question, and a seriously legit one for me right now), making some decisions about how and where I want to spend my time and resources. Plus the wife is in her own fancy-pants new job, so we’ve got a new routine to get used to around our house. Never boring. We laid pretty low this weekend: took care of our people, fed some folks, perused the interwebs, the usual. Here’s what I was checking out since last we spoke:
A reader sent me a question about using the copper IUD as an emergency contraceptive (PDF) option for sexual assault patients. While I think Plan B and Ella are the more appropriate option for EC in most circumstances, I wouldn’t rule out using IUDs, and I certainly think we should be discussing its use as part of baseline clinician education.
How is it August already? Hard to believe my sweet kid heads back to (high) school in less than 2 weeks and the summer is winding down. It was pretty quiet around DC this weekend, and I spent a bit of time playing catch up. There’s still more to read, but here’s what caught my eye thus far, since last we spoke: