September 22, 2021
By: Anisa Ali, MA; Anna Marjavi; Lisa James, MA; and Graciela Olguín
Connection. Collaboration. Community. Partnerships.
These are values that we hold closely to advance care and support for those at risk of or surviving intimate partner violence (IPV), human trafficking (HT), and exploitation, and to bolster prevention efforts. Because we want to emphasize these values in our name, we are pleased to announce a name change for our National Training and Technical Assistance Partnership (NTTAP): Health Partners on IPV + Exploitation!
We thought deeply about our name: the heart of our model is building meaningful partnerships between health centers and domestic violence and community-based advocacy programs – to build and strengthen communities with a shared mission of compassion, to improve the health, wellness, and safety of their patients and clients, and to prevent violence before it begins. We also opted to use the term “exploitation” rather than human trafficking to capture a broader range of survivors’ experiences, going beyond criminal legal definitions and embracing a public health framework.
As we embark on our second year as the newest NTTAP, funded by the Health Resources Services Administration’s (HRSA) Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC), we are proud to share the successes of our first year:
We held 6 learning collaboratives and hosted 24 virtual activities
We held 10 national webinars, partnering with several other NTTAPs
We worked with our evaluation team at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to measure our impact
We collaborated with other NTTAPs: Farmworker Justice, Migrant Clinicians Network, LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center, National Center for Equitable Care for Elders, National Health Care for the Homeless Council, School Based Health Alliance, and HITEQ
We also published several new resources to support health centers in addressing IPV, human trafficking and exploitation:
Protocol for HRSA-supported Community Health Centers to Engage Patients through Universal Education Approaches on Exploitation (E), Human Trafficking (HT), Domestic Violence (DV) and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)
Updated our online toolkit www.IPVHealthPartners.org to include COVID-19 resources
Collaboration with National Association of Community Health Center for blog posts on: IPV and HT and Responses During COVID-19 and October Domestic Violence Awareness Month and health center responses
Check out our archived webinars, learning collaboratives, resources and more on our new site! We’re excited to continue our partnerships with health centers, community based organizations, and other NTTAPs and organizations working across the HRSA Health Center Program into our second year!
About the Authors:
Anisa Ali, MA is a Senior Program Specialist at Futures Without Violence.
Lisa James, MA is the Director of Health at Futures Without Violence.
Anna Marjavi is the Director of Health Partners on IPV + Exploitation, a new NTTAP administered by Futures Without Violence.
Graciela Olguín is a Program Assistant at Futures Without Violence.
This publication is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $650,000 with 0% financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. government. For more information, please visit www.hrsa.gov.