On August 5th, a joint letter was issued by three United States Departments reminding all recipients of federal financial assistance that they “should not withhold certain services based on immigration status when the services are necessary to protect life and safety.”
"A local public health clinic’s waiting room is packed every day. Their staff have tight protocols to keep clinic flow moving and patients in and out the door, receiving care. The clinic wants to start a partnership with your program. They know that intimate partner violence affects their patient population and they want to implement a best practice universal education based screening tool, because they heard that that is the best model. They send key staff to complete the training with you and learn that best practice is to conduct the intervention and assessment alone with each patient.
We are proud that our own Health Systems Coordinator Sarah Keefe is the recipient of the 2016 Billi Odegaard Public Health Emerging Leader Genius Award.
October is just five short weeks away! What are your DVAM plans?
Choya Adkison-Stevens, OCADSV Equity and Inclusion Coordinator
The Coalition’s 2016 Domestic Violence Awareness Month campaign focuses on the theme of home. Using art by Favianna Rodriguez, our posters speak to the importance of safe and loving homes for all. Materials will be mailed out to member programs and partner organizations beginning of September, and will also be available on our website. If you have questions about the theme or would like to discuss events you are developing, please contact Choya Adkison-Stevens, 503-230-1951 x311. You’re also invited to share events with us by emailing Jonathan, and he will add them to our statewide DVAM events calendar.
Thanks to DV/SA testimony: Intimate partner violence recognized as a social determinant of health in Oregon
Thanks to an incredible response from OCADSV's membership, DV/SA programs across Oregon provided commentary and testified on Oregon Health Authority's request to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services in May and June of 2016. This led to inclusion of DV/SA services under the request (called the 1115 Waiver) to fund DV/SA services as it pertains to homelessness prevention, submitted to CMS on August 14, 2016. Every five years Oregon must re-file its Medicaid Waiver, received since the early 1990s. This Waiver provides guidance for CCOs on how they can spend their money.