Health professional students and faculty have raised awareness and effected change across a host of issues through student-run clinics, outreach to the homeless, health care delivery to HIV-infected patients, and needle-exchange programs. Today, health professional students and faculty have turned their attention to domestic violence, supporting organizing efforts initiated at the local level while influencing health care delivery and quality on a national level.
As a student committed to health care excellence, we invite you to join our national initiative by participating in these action steps:
1. Download the Domestic Violence Campus Organizing Guide for Health Professional Students (PDF).
This folio identifies organizing strategies for health professional students and faculty to help raise awareness that domestic violence is a health care issue on campus and beyond. The folio provides recommendations on increasing student activism, curricular reform, on-campus trainings, community collaborations, faculty support, and provides examples of innovative approaches other professional health students have undertaken nationwide. Free hard copies may be ordered—consider passing these out to your classmates and faculty.
2. Join the Health Students and Faculty Against Domestic Violence Listserv.
This monthly list connects over 250 professional health students and faculty interested in violence prevention and education. The list posts announcements on research, conferences, student projects and funding opportunities. This list is also a venue for students and faculty to share their work with each other and get feedback. Subscribe to the listserv.
3. Take part in Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day (HCADV Day),
HCADV Day is a national awareness campaign that aims to educate members of the health care community to screen for, provide sensitive care to, and advocate for women, men, and children who have been impacted by violence and abuse. HCADV Day takes place annually on the second Wednesday of October.
4. Order Health Care and Domestic Violence materials for you school or clinic.
Health care and domestic violence materials such as posters, patient education safety cards, provider tools, and training videos are available for a nominal shipping and handling fee of $5.
5. Review up-to-date information regarding domestic violence.
Check out our fact sheets that identify leading research on how domestic violence is connected to a range of topics including: health care costs, adolescents and reproductive health.
5th Biennial National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence Health Professional Students and Campus Activism – Pre-conference Institute
The pre-conference institute for health professional students brought together nursing, public health, psychology and medical students who were interested in domestic violence on the evening of Thursday, October 8th, 2009. The session featured 9 presenters and had over 55 participants. Click here to view a PDF of the agenda for this pre-conference session.
|Futures Without Violence Intern Denise Twum, MHS (center) with LSU students Brandon Rachal (right), and Ryan Zetzmann (left)||Ann Fleck Henderson (far left) speaks during the panel presentation|
|Jennifer Britton, BS, RN, MSN Student (Simmons College) speaks during the panel presentation||(left to right) Jennifer Britton, BS, RN, MSN Student (Simmons College), Maeve Gerechter, BS, RN, MSN Student (Simmons College), Leiana Kinnicutt, Futures Without Violence Senior Program Specialist, and Ann Fleck-Henderson, MSW, PhD|
|Kiet Truong was one of a dozen health professional students awarded a scholarship to attend the 2004 National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence, funded by the Office on Women’s Health, DHHS||
2007 National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence Student Activism Pre-Conference Institute Leaders (Left to right) Anita Nageswaran (UCSF MS-II) Health Intern, Futures Without Violence; Anna Marjavi, Program Manager, Futures Without Violence; Eileen Wang, (Univ. of Michigan MS-II) 2006-07 Domestic Violence Coordinator, American Medical Students Association.
Share your experiences: Are you currently working on domestic violence curricular reform, collaborating with a local domestic violence organization, starting an elective course, or conducting research on the topic? Or something else? We’d love to hear more about your efforts and best practices. Contact Anna Marjavi, Program Manager, Futures Without Violence.