Healthcare advocate workgroup
Meeting in-person quarterly, this workgroup organized by the Coalition focuses on connecting folks across the state who are providing services at the intersections of sexual assault/domestic violence advocacy and healthcare.
The Oregon Department of Justice – Crime Victim and Survivor Services Division contracted with the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence to provide training and technical assistance for the Safer Futures funding subgrant project. This project originated with Oregon’s Pregnancy Assistance Funds (PAF) Grant, operating from August 1st, 2010 to September 30th, 2017. In partnership with the Oregon Health Authority and Futures Without Violence, the Safer Futures program provided funding and support for outstationed 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).
Although this grant funding period has ended, several local programs have been awarded competitive Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant funding to continue providing outstationed advocacy services in healthcare settings.
Project Connect is a national initiative to transform 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 of unplanned pregnancy, poor pregnancy outcomes, and further abuse.
During the 2012-2015 funding period, the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence partnered with the Oregon Health Authority to support local health departments and domestic violence advocacy programs with implementing Futures Without Violence tools and best practices. These included universal domestic violence screening and warm-handoff referrals in reproductive health settings and training healthcare professionals to respond compassionately and effectively to survivors of abuse who present for care. Participating healthcare providers and local advocacy program partners included:
- the Washington County Department of Health and Human Services and the Domestic Violence Resource Center (Hillsboro);
- the Deschutes County Health Department and Saving Grace (Bend); and
- the North Central Public Health District and HAVEN From Domestic and Sexual Violence (The Dalles).
|Title||Initial broadcast date|
|Improving Health Outcomes of Pregnancy: Partnerships with Doulas and Advocates||Tue 9/27/2016 – 10:00am|
|Impact of Domestic Violence on Healthy Births||Tue 9/13/2016 – 10:00am|
|Addressing Reproductive Coercion (Birth Control Sabotage) 101||Tue 12/20/2016 – 10:00am|
|Trauma-informed Care for Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence||Mon 10/24/2016 – 11:00am|
Other healthcare resources
Contact us with any questions or for more information on the Coalition’s work to advance partnerships between health care providers and community-based DV/SA advocates.