Project Catalyst: State and Territory-Wide Transformation on Health, IPV, and Human Trafficking
Futures Without Violence is working with 3 states/territories participating in “Project Catalyst II: State and Territory Wide Transformation on Health, IPV, and Human Trafficking. This marks the fourth phase of a project focused on fostering intimate partner violence (IPV), human trafficking, and health leadership and collaboration at the U.S. state/territory level to improve the health and safety outcomes for survivors of IPV and human trafficking and to promote prevention. Three leadership teams from Colorado, Guam, and North Carolina consist of leaders from each state/territory’s Primary Care Association, Department of Health/Department of Human Services, and Domestic Violence Coalition are working to:
- promote state/territory-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/community-based organizations.
- offer training and technical assistance to five community health centers and five domestic violence programs/community-based organizations (in each state/territory) 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/territory-wide, and significant inroads into implementation of an action plan to train and engage at least 50 percent of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-funded health centers by the end of the project period.
State/Territory Leadership Teams include:
- Colorado: Violence Free Colorado, Colorado Department of Human Services, Colorado Community Health Network
- Guam: Guam Coalition Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence, Pacific Islands Primary Care Association, Guam Department of Public Health & Social Services
- North Carolina: North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence, North Carolina Community Health Center Association
Project Catalyst Phase II was preceded by Project Catalyst Phase I, which consisted of 5 state leadership teams. Prior to that, FUTURES provided technical assistance for the Improving Health Outcomes through Violence Prevention.
This project is supported through a collaboration of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) partners, including the Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) Family and Youth Services Bureau, the HRSA Bureau of Primary Health Care, and the HRSA Office of Women’s Health. Technical assistance and training is provided by FUTURES, along with an evaluation conducted by the University of Pittsburgh.