What you need to know to partner with healthcare (including a new Oregon Resource Guide)

Help OCADSV support programs and advocates navigating healthcare partnerships by joining the Guide review committee!  We need your input.

Sarah Keefe, OCADSV Health Systems Coordinator

“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.

They say they want to move forward with this tool– providing universal education and information around what healthy and unhealthy relationships may look like– however they say they will not be able to see patients alone each time.  They report that sometimes patients insist that they want the family member with them.  Or sometimes they report that a friend or family member will refuse to leave the patient’s side.  Sometimes, they need a patient’s family member to translate, or to keep track of what the provider is telling the patient.

What do you say to the clinic and staff?  How can you address these challenges?”

The draft of the OCADSV Guide to Oregon Healthcare Partnerships was released at the 2016 OCADSV Annual Conference to workshop attendees.  This Guide is designed to support programs and advocates in starting and strengthening partnerships with healthcare systems and providers.  The above story is an example of the many case studies and stories used in the Guide.

Help OCADSV support programs and advocates navigating healthcare partnerships by joining the Guide review committee!  We need your input.

The Guide is informed by the Safer Futures co-located advocacy model in healthcare settings, building on the practice of sites across Oregon.  It also includes evaluation findings by Portland State University Regional Research Institute and research by Health Management Associates conducted in collaboration with OCADSV.

Email Sarah Keefe at sarah@ocadsv.org to join the committee or for further information.  Subject review committee duties include:

  • Attendance at OCADSV orientation call on Tuesday, July 26, from 10 to 11 AM
  • Review of Guide (digital draft will be sent separately)
  • Written comments must be submitted to OCADSV by August 12
  • Participation in committee review call August 19 from 10 AM to 12 PM

Committee comments and edits will be included for internal review.  The Guide will be published in early Fall of 2016 in print and online.  This subject review committee is seeking a broad range of expertise: including advocates, allies, survivors, healthcare providers and policy makers.  Please contact Sarah at sarah@ocadsv.org if you have any questions about the Guide or this process.  Both Sarah and OCADSV are eager to make the Guide as useful a resource as possible.

The OCADSV Guide to Oregon Healthcare Partnerships is made possible by Oregon Safer Futures, through Grant #1SP1AH000019 from the HHS Office of Adolescent Health. Contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Department of Health and Human Services or the Office of Adolescent Health.


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