Statewide Transformations on Health and Intimate Partner Violence
Arkansas is one of four states to participate in the third phase of a project with Futures Without Violence (non-profit organization), focused on targeting intimate partner violence (IPV) and human trafficking (HT) through collaboration among health and advocacy leaders at the U.S. State Level. The other states that are a part of Project Catalyst include: Connecticut, Idaho, and Iowa. As part of Project Catalyst, each state has a leadership team to help coordinate and implement the program. These teams are composed of each state’s Primary Care Association, Department of Health, and Domestic Violence Coalition.
The goals of Project Catalyst are 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
• 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 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.
The 5 community health centers and five domestic violence advocacy programs in Arkansas that are participating in this project are illustrated in the graphic below. Project Catalyst has an ambitious 10-month time line (December 1, 2017-September 30, 2018) and kicked off with a leadership meeting January 23-24, 2018 in San Francisco, CA and will cap with a panel presentation and session on Trauma Informed Care at the CHCA Annual Conference Sept. 26-28, 2018.
Throughout June – July, the leadership team in Arkansas is traveling to each of the ten demonstration sites to conduct a full site training. If you are interested in receiving this training or learning more about the process, please click here to learn more.
In addition, a vital component to the successful expansion of Project Catalyst statewide could not be done without our stakeholder group. Composed of service providers in the health care and advocacy world, the stakeholder group will meet on a routine basis to 1) discuss the adoption of the Project Catalyst approach, using the evidence based interventions and resources into applicable organizations, 2) develop a resource directory on IPV and HT for use across Arkansas, and 3) promote spread and trainings that will assist interested organizations in adopting the evidence based and trauma informed approach of Project Catalyst's model. To learn more or join the stakeholder group, please contact Brandy Dailey at 501.492.8907.