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Protocol for HRSA-supported Community Health Centers to Engage Patients through Universal Education Approaches on Exploitation (E), Human Trafficking (HT), Domestic Violence (DV) and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

Resource Topic: Clinical Issues, HIT/Data, Operations, Quality Improvement, Workforce

Resource Subtopic: Administrative Policies, Health Equity.

Keywords: Policies and Procedures, Staffing and Onboarding, Uniform Data System (UDS).

Year Developed: 2021

Resource Type: Publication.

Primary Audience: C-Suite (CEOs, CFOs, CIO, COOs, CMOs, etc.) Clinicians PCAs
Secondary Audience: Administrative Staff

Language: English

Developed by: National Health Network on Intimate Partner Violence and Human Trafficking (See other resources developed by this organization).

Resource Summary: The protocol purpose is to prevent exploitation, human trafficking, domestic violence, and intimate partner violence by helping patients have healthy relationships and promote their health as workers. The protocol will enable the health center to provide trauma-informed, survivor-centered care; intervention with clinical and case management services; and formalized ways to connect patients with community-based services that provide resources for domestic violence, employment assistance, housing, food, civil legal aid, and other basic needs.

Resource Details: The protocol purpose is to prevent exploitation, human trafficking, domestic violence, and intimate partner violence by helping patients have healthy relationships and promote their health as workers. This will occur through universal education about healthy relationships and fair labor practices for the prevention of abuse, violence, and exploitation. The protocol will enable the health center to provide trauma-informed, survivor-centered care; intervention with clinical and case management services; and formalized ways to connect patients with community-based services Also, health centers will attend to the patients’ physical and mental health needs and create safety plans in partnership with community-based advocates. This protocol also serves as a support resource for health center staff.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,625,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.