Full course description
Evidence suggests that a large proportion of trafficked persons will seek healthcare during or shortly after their period of exploitation, yet few will spontaneously disclose their trafficking status. The onus is on the health professional to recognize potential signs of exploitation and offer services appropriately. This 1-hour, self-paced e-learning module provides a very practical approach for health professionals to learn to recognize and respond to suspected labor or sex trafficking. Initial definitions and epidemiologic information soon give way to pragmatic discussion of the healthcare provider’s clinical response. The emphasis is on helping the clinician to a) feel comfortable considering the possibility of human trafficking when working with an adult or pediatric patient, b) be familiar with questions to screen for exploitation, and c) be aware of the trauma-informed, rights-based approach to interacting with potentially trafficked persons.
1. Recall the definition of human trafficking and describe which populations are at highest risk
2. Describe possible indicators of trafficking and be familiar with available screening tools
3. Recall 3 aspects of a trauma-informed approach to patient care.
Jordan Greenbaum, MD is a child abuse physician from Atlanta, GA. She is the medical director of the Global Health and Well-being Initiative with the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children and medical director of the Institute on Healthcare and Human Trafficking at the Stephanie Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She co-chairs the Education/Training committee for HEAL Trafficking, an organization of professionals working on human trafficking issues. Her research focuses on designing and validating a screening tool to be used in healthcare settings to identify youth at risk for trafficking/sexual exploitation.
This e-learning module is a product of the Institute on Healthcare and Human Trafficking (www.vIHHT.org), which operates within the Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The institute represents a collaboration between the Center for Safe and Healthy Children, the Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development within the School of Public Health at Georgia State University and the Emory University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
The institute is designed to serve medical and mental health professionals. Services include:
· A clearinghouse of existing resources and research for prevention, identification, intervention and treatment.
· Provision of online and on-site training and education to medical and behavioral health professionals working with adults and children.
· Provision of technical assistance to health professionals seeking to design office, clinic and/or hospital protocols or develop programs on human trafficking.
Emory Nursing Professional Development Center (ENPDC) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Attendees to this CNE activity will be awarded 1.4 contact hour by ENPDC.
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