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Project Catalyst: Statewide Transformation on Health, IPV, and Human Trafficking

Coming soon: Futures Without Violence (FUTURES) will soon be announcing participants for Project Catalyst, Phase II–a project focused on fostering leadership and collaboration between domestic violence programs and health professionals at the U.S. state or territory level to improve the health and safety outcomes for survivors of IPV and human trafficking and to promote prevention.


Futures Without Violence is working with five states participating in “Project Catalyst: Statewide Transformation on Health, IPV, and Human Trafficking.” This marks the third phase of a project focused on fostering intimate partner violence (IPV), human trafficking, and health leadership and collaboration at the U.S. state level to improve the health and safety outcomes for survivors of IPV and human trafficking and to promote prevention. Five state leadership teams from Arkansas, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, and Minnesota consist of leaders from each state’s Primary Care Association, Department of Health, and Domestic Violence Coalition are working to:

  • promote state-level policy and systems changes that support an integrated and improved response to IPV and human trafficking in community health centers and to other needed services in domestic violence programs.
  • offer training and technical assistance to five community health centers and five domestic violence advocacy programs (in each state) that will partner with one another on trauma-informed practice transformation.
  • Implement a vision and strategy to promote policies and practices that support ongoing integration of the IPV and human trafficking response into health care delivery state-wide, and significant inroads into the implementation of an action plan to train and engage at least 50% of the HRSA-funded health centers by the end of the project period.
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Project Catalyst has an ambitious 10-month timeline (December 1, 2017-September 30, 2018) and kicked off with a leadership meeting January 23-24, 2018 in San Francisco, CA. In the spring, a two-day training of trainers was held in each state.

***Program News***

  • Project Catalyst is holding a four-part webinar series for the local community health center and domestic violence agencies the state leadership teams are working within their respective states. Topics include: building community center and domestic violence partnerships, trauma-informed care, the evidence-based “CUES” clinical intervention, and the intersection of domestic violence and human trafficking with substance use and treatment.
  • Project Catalyst grantees have already gained attention in their communities for this work: Brandy Dailey (née Britton) from the Community Health Center Association of Arkansas, was featured in their local news and in their community health center association newsletter.

 

This project is supported through a collaboration of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services partners, including the Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) Family and Youth Services Bureau, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Bureau of Primary Health Care, and the HRSA Office of Women’s Health. Technical assistance and training will be provided by FUTURES and evaluation by the University of Pittsburgh.

If you have questions about the initiative, contact: Anna Marjavi, Program Director, Health, Futures Without Violence at amarjavi@futureswithoutviolence.org.

Note: Project Catalyst is an expansion of the work (at the state level) that was first initiated with phases I and II of the project, described below.


Improving Health Outcomes Through Violence Prevention to Identify and Provide Brief Counseling on Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in Health Centers

 

From April 2015 to September 2016, Futures Without Violence worked with 10 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 of domestic and sexual violence. The first phase of this project funded three sites and the following phase expanded to engage another seven sites. The 10 selected centers and partnering local domestic violence organizations collaborated to identify and respond to domestic violence—an issue that affects one in every four women in the U.S.

During a period of 10 months, 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 10 participating sites included:

Phase I (April 2015-December 2015)

Phase II (November 2015-September 2016)

The selected health settings began by 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.

Evaluation data from sites suggest that the trainings to provide brief counseling on IPV had a positive impact on the health care providers and their patients.  We learned that the integration of this specific intervention was achievable and the health care providers trained reported regularly offering universal education and response to IPV after receiving training.

An outcome of this initiative was the development of ipvhealthpartners.org, an online toolkit by and for community health centers and domestic violence agencies looking to forge or expand partnerships. The lessons learned from the Improving Health Outcomes Initiative, along with the resources and expertise from the 10 participating sites, was crucial to developing this new online toolkit.

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.

For more information, contact Anna Marjavi amarjavi@futureswithoutviolence.org.

 

*Funding for the Rinehart Clinic and Tillamook County Women’s Resource Center is supported by Grant #1SP1AH000019 from the HHS Office of Adolescent Heal