New Project Connect Sites Announced
We’re proud to announce that 11 new sites have been selected to participate in the new phase of Project Connect! Five health sites serving Native communities and six states will continue the groundbreaking public health initiative designed to improve the health and safety of women and children. Project Connect is supported by the Office on Women’s Health, and funded through the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2006. The selected grantees are:
- Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- Idaho Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
- Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians (Michigan)
- Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
- Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women
- Nooksack Tribal Health Clinic (Washington)
- Oregon Health Authority
- Passamaquoddy Health Center (Maine)
- Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- The Queen’s Medical Center (Hawaii)
- Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California (Nevada)
The eleven grantees were selected through a competitive process and will be awarded funds over three years for implementation. Futures, in collaboration with the Office on Women’s Health, will provide technical assistance and monitor the grantees selected for Project Connect.
Project Connect is a national initiative to change how adolescent health, reproductive health, and Native health services respond to sexual and domestic violence. Over the past three years, Project Connect has trained nearly 6,000 health care providers in specific interventions to assess for, and respond to, domestic and sexual violence in their clinical settings. The initiative has helped establish partnerships between public health programs and domestic and sexual violence advocates to effectively identify and refer victims of abuse.
The first phase of Project Connect was a significant success, and we’re excited to continue our collaboration with Office on Women’s Health to further improve healthcare responses to sexual and domestic violence.