Community Health Center Initiative
Improving Health Outcomes Through Violence Prevention: Phase II to Identify and Provide Brief Counseling on Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in Health Centers
Futures Without Violence worked with seven Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) supported community health centers and Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) supported domestic violence programs to expand their capacity to support survivors and victims of domestic violence. The first phase of this project funded three sites and this second phase expanded to engage seven new sites. The selected centers and partnering local domestic violence organizations collaboratedto identify and respond to domestic violence—an issue that affects one in every four women in the United States.
From November 20, 2015 until September 30, 2016, the community health centers and domestic violence programs in each location received a total of $14,000 to work together to promote the safety and health of people seeking services in either the community health centers or domestic violence programs. Futures Without Violence provided technical assistance, training, and resources to support the collaborations.
The seven Phase II sites were:
- Brockton Neighborhood Health Center and Family and Community Resources (Brockton, MA)
- CommuniCare Health Center and Empower Yolo (Davis, CA)
- Eastern Iowa Health Center and AMANI (Cedar Rapids, IA)
- La Comunidad Hispana and Domestic Violence Center of Chester County (Kennet Square, PA)
- Mariposa Community Health Center and Catholic Community Services (Nogales, AZ)
- Rinehart Clinic and Tillamook County Women’s Resource Center (Wheeler, OR)*
- Thundermist Health Center and Sojourner House (Woonsocket, RI)
The selected health settings began using comprehensive training curricula, health care provider resources, and patient education materials developed by Futures Without Violence. In addition, quality improvement tools were used to guide the system changes necessary to institutionalize policies to assess for IPV, as well as resources to facilitate productive partnerships between the selected health centers and local domestic violence programs. A learning community comprised of dedicated project leaders allowed the participating sites to exchange strategies. Futures Without Violence convened regular meetings between participating sites via webinar and in-person.
The three Phase I sites included:
- La Clínica del Pueblo and DC SAFE (Washington, DC)
- FamilyCare HealthCenter (Scott Depot, WV) and Branches Domestic Violence Shelter (Huntington, WV)
- Family Oriented Primary Health Care Clinic and Penelope House (Mobile, AL)
These three sites will continue to refine their IPV/health strategies to promote program sustainability. Leaders from these sites also helped mentor the new Phase II cohort by sharing promising practices and learning.
The pilot program was funded through a collaboration of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services including: the HRSA Bureau of Primary Health Care, the HRSA Office of Women’s Health, and the Administration for Children and Families’ Family and Youth Services Bureau, Family Violence Prevention and Services Program.
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*Funding for the Rinehart Clinic and Tillamook County Women’s Resource Center is supported by Grant #1SP1AH000019 from the HHS Office of Adolescent Health.