Health systems advocacy
The State of Oregon Department of Justice - Crime Victims' Services Division has contracted with the Oregon Coalition to provide training and technical assistance for the Safer Futures Funding Subgrant project. In partnership with the Oregon Health Authority and Futures Without Violence, this project co-locates advocates in DHS Child Welfare offices, county health department offices, and other healthcare settings to provide advocacy and support services to pregnant and parenting women who are victims of intimate partner violence (IPV).
Project Connect is a national initiative to change how adolescent health, reproductive health, and Native health services respond to sexual and domestic violence. Research demonstrates that programs like Project Connect can help improve maternal and adolescent health, and decrease the risks for unplanned pregnancy, poor pregnancy outcomes, and further abuse.
For more information about the Oregon Coalition's involvement in health systems advocacy, contact Sarah Keefe, Health Systems Program Coordinator.