SAFE-T Director Co-Presenting “Using Telehealth to Increase the Quality of Forensic-Medical Evidence Collection and Deliver Trauma-Informed Care” Webinar

Using Telehealth to Increase the Quality of Forensic-Medical
Evidence Collection and Deliver Trauma-Informed Care Webinar
Thursday, December 13th, 2018
10:00 AM PT/11:00 AM MT/12:00 PM CT/1:00 PM ET

Course Description
Join us for a fascinating presentation and discussion with two nursing experts who are using telehealth technology to expand the reach of forensic nursing to hospitals and clinics in rural, tribal, and other underserved areas.

In 2014 the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) funded a national demonstration project, the National TeleNursing Center (NTC), through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Through this pioneering project, the NTC provides telehealth services to survivors of sexual assault in 6 diverse communities in California, Arizona, and Massachusetts. The NTC improves victims’ access to quality forensic sexual assault care and is growing, supporting, and sustaining a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)-prepared workforce.

In 2016, OVC funded the start of a second program, a state-wide effort managed by Pennsylvania State University that is using telehealth technology to enhance access to quality forensic care for adult and adolescent victims of sexual assault in remote communities throughout Pennsylvania.

See how these two programs are not only improving the quality of care and evidence collection for sexual assault survivors, they are boosting the confidence and knowledge of the clinicians providing these services.

As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Understand how telehealth technology can be used to support clinicians conducting forensic-medical exams in rural, remote, and other underserved areas.
  • Learn about the challenges involved in starting up a telehealth program and strategies to help ensure success.
  • Understand the estimated costs involved and how to leverage community resources for success.
  • Hear about the latest results from an evaluation of the National TeleNursing Center project.
  • Understand the essential elements involved in two models of telehealth care delivery to improve care for victims of sexual assault.

Joan Meunier-Sham, RN, MS
SANE Program Director, MA Department of Public Health, Co-Director, National TeleNursing Center, Newton, MA

Sheridan Miyamoto, PhD
Director, SAFE-T Program, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA