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May 10-16, 2015



Academy on Violence & Abuse – an academic leader in addressing health professional education and research on the effects of violence and abuse on people's health. AVA is an interdisciplinary organization and a member in good standing of the Council of Academic Societies of the Association of American Medical Colleges, Shakopee, MN.


American College of Preventive Medicine – mission is to serve as the leader for the specialty of preventive medicine, which encompasses general preventive medicine, public health, occupational and environmental medicine, and aerospace medicine. ACPM seeks to improve population health status through evidence-based disease prevention and health promotion research, policies, practices, and programs, Washington, DC.


Connected Kids: Safe, Strong, Secure™, American Academy of Pediatrics – provides pediatricians with guidance and patient-oriented materials to take an asset-based approach to violence prevention from birth through 21 years of age, Elk Grove Village, IL.

Emergency Nurses Association – the national association for professional nurses dedicated to the advancement of emergency nursing practice has three position papers (below), Des Plaines, IL.

Intimate Partner and Family Violence, Maltreatment, and Neglect, 2006

Care of Sexual Assault and Rape Victims in the Emergency Department, 2010

Violence in the Emergency Care Setting, 2010


International Association of Forensic Nurses – is the only international professional organization of registered nurses formed exclusively to develop, promote, and disseminate information about the science of forensic nursing, Elk Ridge, MD.

Annual Reports: 2011 and 2012

Online Learning Center

Watch the IAFN Documentary:

Part 1 ~ Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner

Part 2 ~ Nurse Death Investigation

Part 3 ~ General Clinical Forensic Nursing Practice


K4Health – our mission is to increase the use and dissemination of evidence-based, accurate and up-to-date information to improve health service delivery and health outcomes worldwide, Baltimore, MD.


National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA.


National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence, Futures Without Violence is the nation's clearinghouse for information on the health care response to domestic violence and provides free technical assistance and materials to thousands of people each year. The Center is one of five specialized domestic violence resource centers in the country funded by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, San Francisco, CA.

Health Cares About IPV ~ Intimate Partner Violence Screening and Counseling Toolkit


Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International – the mission is to eliminate violence through advancing nursing education, practice, research, and public policy, Modesto, CA.


Physicians for Human Rights – since 1986, PHR has used medicine and science to document and call attention to mass atrocities and severe human rights violations. PHR was founded on the idea that physicians, scientists, and other health professionals possess unique skills that lend significant credibility to the investigation and documentation of human rights abuses. PHR’s specialized expertise is used to advocate for persecuted health workers, prevent torture, document mass atrocities, and hold those who violate human rights accountable. PHR’s work focuses on the physical and psychological effects of torture and sexual violence, the forensic documentation of attacks on civilians, the unnecessary and excessive use of force during civil unrest, and the protection of medical institutions and health professionals working on the frontline of human rights crises, New York, NY. Read about PHR's Asylum Program.


State Health Facts Online, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation – this resource contains the latest state-level data on demographics, health, and health policy, including health coverage, access, and financing, Menlo Park, CA and Washington, DC.


Tribal Forensic Healthcare – the Indian Health Service has funded the International Association of Forensic Nurses to develop, deliver and evaluate in-person and web-based training related to the identification, collection and preservation of medical forensic evidence obtained during the treatment of victims of sexual and domestic violence. The Tribal Forensic Healthcare Training project will provide training for: Sexual Assault Examiner, Pediatric Sexual Abuse Training, Sexual Assault Clinical Skills, Pediatric Sexual Abuse Clinical Skills, Domestic Violence Examiner and Domestic Violence Awareness. Two monthly webinar series will be hosted; the first will be on the topic of child maltreatment, while the second series will focus on domestic vIolence and sexual assault. These trainings will allow medical professionals to acquire and maintain the knowledge skills and competent clinical forensic practice to improve the response to domestic and sexual violence in hospitals, health clinics and health stations within the Indian health system.


Violence Prevention ~ American Medical Association, Chicago, IL.




California Health Interview Study – the nation's largest state health survey is conducted every two years on a wide range of health topics, giving a detailed picture of the health and health care needs of California's large and diverse population. AskCHIS.com is the free, easy-to-use online Web tool that allows you to search for statistics on dozens of health topics, using data from CHIS. AskCHIS.com draws upon California’s rich racial and ethnic diversity to provide a comprehensive health snapshot of often underrepresented ethnic and racial groups.  It also enables users to examine health topics by age, gender and income level, Los Angeles, CA. 


Campaign for Public Health Foundation – the mission of the CPH Foundation is to educate the public, the media, policy makers and others about the important role public health plays in our nation's health system, Washington, DC.


County Health Rankings – the first set of reports to rank the overall health of every county in all 50 states. The report released by the University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, help public health and community leaders, policy-makers, consumers and others to see how healthy their county is, compare it with others within their state and find ways to improve the health of their community. Each county is ranked within the state on how healthy people are and how long they live. They also are ranked on key factors that affect health such as: smoking, obesity, binge drinking, access to primary care providers, rates of high school graduation, rates of violent crime, air pollution levels, liquor store news release.


Justice and Health Connect – aims to increase the capacity of government agencies and community organizations to share information across behavioral health and justice systems. This website was developed to host the information and tools necessary to implement information sharing initiatives. This is a project of the Substance Use and Mental Health Program at the Vera Institute of Justice, supported by the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance, New York, NY.


kNOwMORE – Violence. Reproductive Health. Different issues. Different places to go for help. Different conversations. That's the way it works today – in politics, health care, the public discourse. But that's not the way it works in real life. Not for millions of women, especially young adults, whose reproductive health is affected by sexual and domestic violence. This website, from Futures Without Violence, is about telling our stories, finding a common language, sharing the truth. Read about women with stories to tell, and tell yours. Learn about the reproductive health consequences of violence and sexual coercion. Say 'no more' to reproductive coercion. Know more about how to stop it. Say more to anyone and everyone who will listen, San Francisco, CA.


National Women's Health Information Center, Office on Women's Health – the Federal government source for women's health information – 1-800-994-9662 and TDD: 1-888-220-5446, Washington, DC. See laws on violence against women.

Quick Health Data Online, Office On Women's Health – the system provides state- and county-level data for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and US territories and possessions. Data are available by gender, race and ethnicity and come from a variety of national and state sources. The system is organized into eleven main categories, including demographics, mortality, natality, reproductive health, violence, prevention, disease and mental health. Within each main category, there are numerous subcategories, Washington, DC.



The Society for Women's Health Research – a national non-profit organization, widely recognized as the thought leader in research on sex differences and is dedicated to improving women's health through advocacy, education and research. Founded in 1990, by a group of physicians, medical researchers and health advocates, SWHR aims to bring attention to the myriad of diseases and conditions that affect women uniquely. Due to SWHR's efforts, women are now routinely included in most major medical research studies and scientists are beginning to consider biological sex as a variable in their research. Today, SWHR advocates for greater public and private funding for women's health research and the study of sex differences that affects the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease; encourages the appropriate inclusion of women and minorities in medical research studies; promotes the analysis of research data for sex and ethnic differences; and informs women, health care providers, and policy makers about contemporary women's health issues through media outreach, congressional briefings, public education campaigns, conferences and special events, Washington, DC.


UCLA Center for Health Policy Research – one of the nation's leading health policy research centers and the premier source of health policy information for California. Established in 1994, the Center is based in the UCLA School of Public Health. The Center improves the public's health by advancing health policy through research, public service, community partnership, and education, Los Angeles, CA.


Women's Health Observances, 2011, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – a selected list of national health observances, holidays, and other special times of year and links to additional information. Use it to promote a healthy lifestyle for you, your family, and your community, Atlanta, GA.


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