The Hidden Epidemic: Intersections of IPV, Chronic Pain, and Substance Use Disorders

This webinar is the second in our health webinar series. Building on the first webinar, presenters will discuss the importance of distinguishing public health definitions of intimate partner violence (IPV) versus criminal, legal definitions and what this means for addressing health impacts of violence. Participants will learn about the multi-directional intersections of intimate partner violence, chronic pain, and substance use disorders as relates to the current opioid epidemic; discuss tools for advocates to use in working with survivors and tools to suggest for health care providers interested in addressing intimate partner violence in health settings.


Dr. Kate McKenna completed her family medicine residency at Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, OR. As someone with a passion for public health, she is thrilled to be part of a community health care team that’s focused on individual health and the health of our whole population, both local and global. Dr. McKenna is equally excited to serve in a small community, where she’s able to easily deliver personable care, seeing patients in both the hospital and our health center. Professional interests include: obstretrics/gynecology, pediatrics, whole family care, preventive medicine, and office procedures. Prior to her residency, she attended medical school at Tufts University in Boston. Here, she earned her degree in public health, writing her thesis work on diabetes prevention in Guatemala. Between graduate school and college, she served in the Peace Corps both in the Pacific Islands and in Guatemala, specializing in community development and infrastructure for family health. Dr. McKenna’s undergraduate degrees include a bachelor’s in Latin American History. She’s fluent in Spanish and is enthusiastic to keep that skill sharpened while serving patients under our care. In her spare time, Dr. McKenna capitalizes on all the local outdoor recreation and also pursues her music interests. You might be surprised to learn she’s a talented fiddler who also has a knack for playing the Irish whistle.

Emily Fanjoy is the Health Programs Coordinator at the Tillamook County Women’s Resource Center in Tillamook, OR where she coordinates the community based advocate and healthcare partnerships. She  facilitates  provider and advocate training to address IPV and health intersections in Tillamook Co. and statewide. She was a contributor to the recently released Oregon Guide to Health Care Partnerships and has spoken at several state and national conferences on the experiences and evaluation results of the Tillamook County Safer Futures Project, a project that funded community based advocates in health care settings to reach pregnant and newly parenting women who were victims of IPV from 2013-2017. Her previous work includes D/SV survivor advocacy as well as case management and interpreting in a community health clinic. Emily is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Healthy Homes, Guatemala 2008-2010. She lives in a solar powered cabin and keeps bees with her partner at their homestead.

Sarah Franklin is a native Michigander who graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Women’s Studies, Spanish, and Linguistics. She formerly worked in bystander intervention education and men’s engagement at the University of Michigan and did administration and equity work for the Girl Scouts. Sarah is currently the Community Education & Communications Program Coordinator at HAVEN from Domestic & Sexual Violence in The Dalles, Oregon. In her position, she oversees HAVEN’s Prevention Program, Communications Program, and Safer Futures Project, which coordinates the agency’s partnerships with healthcare organizations. Within her Safer Futures role, Sarah provides trainings to healthcare professionals on the intersection of interpersonal violence and physical, behavioral, and mental health outcomes, and how to effectively and compassionately screen patients for violence. Sarah structures her personal and professional life around striving for agency and equity for people of all identities. Sarah’s hobbies include Tae Kwon Do, traveling, reading spy novels, and seeing her favorite bands live.