Developed in collaboration with the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, the following toolkit is intended to assist health centers and community-based programs in
With the movement towards trauma-informed care, many community health center-based HIV, infectious disease, and sexual health programs and other Ryan White Funded HIV programs are looking for ways to better support their patients who are experiencing intimate partner and sexual violence (IPV/SV) and/or other intersecting forms of exploitation and abuse. HIV care practitioners see the ways that IPV/SV leads to worse health outcomes for their patients and makes it more difficult for patients to stay engaged in care. Building on the research on and recommendations for community health centers to address IPV, the CUES Universal Education approach for IPV response offers providers and patients the tools to have conversations about relationships, how they can affect health, and how to get help. Responding to the specific intersections of HIV/AIDS, intimate and gendered violence, and other forms of exploitation and abuse, a universal education approach allows providers to reach more patients as a form of both prevention and intervention, without needing to receive a disclosure. The CUES Universal Education approach requires partnerships between community based agencies (like domestic violence advocacy programs or community health worker models) and CHCs, so they can adopt a team-based response.
This learning collaborative will bring sites together to learn about the Universal Education approach to addressing violence in HIV programs, listen to survivors about how health systems can better meet their needs, connect with leaders in the field of HIV rights and harm reduction, and engage with strategies to ensure sustainability of efforts to address intimate forms of violence in the lives of their patients through partnerships with IPV survivor-serving, community-based organizations.
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