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.
Participants in Project Catalyst will use comprehensive training curricula, health care provider resources, patient education materials, and quality improvement tools developed by FUTURES. This includes ipvhealthpartners.org, an online toolkit developed by and for community health centers and domestic violence agencies looking to forge or expand partnerships.
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.
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 Pittsburg.
*Please note that the leadership team has committed to expanding Project Catalyst throughout Arkansas via an open invitation to partake in the training & implementation of the intervention model. For more info, please click here.
How to Join Project Catalyst
Throughout June – July, the leadership team in Arkansas traveled to each of the ten demonstration sites to conduct a full site training. Following each training, the leadership team provides a wide range of technical assistance and support, in addition to follow up trainings as needed.
If you are interested in receiving this training and joining Project Catalyst 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.
Stories of Success from our Demonstration Sites:
Healing & Hope at Community Clinic, Inc
“I’ve been getting quite a few referrals from Peace at Home (partner DV agency) lately. One recent referral stands out. She had fractured several bones during an assault by her partner. She was in dire need of insurance in order to get the bones set. Thankfully I was able to see her the same day that she called and assisted her in applying for Arkansas Works. I confirmed today that her application was approved and that her coverage is active. She was very grateful. She said that she has a lot of healing to do but is glad that the physical healing can now start thanks to the insurance.” - Insurance & Enrollment Assister at Community Clinic, Inc. in Springdale, AR
Connecting to Hope at Mainline Health Systems, Inc.
"Just recently, I met with a young lady, who I've been seeing for two years. Last week, she left the abusive situation she has been in for many years. We had discussed our partner DV agency & shelter (Options, Inc.) several times as an option for her when she decided to leave. She stopped by their thrift store to discuss her options after leaving and was guided successfully through the process of obtaining a protection order." - Behavioral Health Director at Mainline Health Services in Monticello, AR