“Stop, Observe, Ask and Respond” Mass General Partners in SOAR Training for Health Care Professionals

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launches training to improve health services response for trafficking victims. Massachusetts General Hospital is one of the partners in this effort. To better improve the health care response and support given to victims of human trafficking, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and Office on Women's Health and Office of Minority Health have launched the SOAR to Health and Wellness Training, guiding health providers to “Stop, Observe, Ask and Respond” to human trafficking.

For more information and registration: http://1.usa.gov/1tzz9v5

The pilot training effort by HHS recognizes modern-day slavery as a public health concern and will educate a wide range of health care professionals about human trafficking, helping participants identify and respond effectively to potential victims.

Federal partners and a national technical working group comprised of survivors of human trafficking, medical and health professionals and other stakeholders worked together to inform the pilot’s design and evaluation.

After receiving SOAR to Health and Wellness Training, health care professionals will be able to:
• Describe the scope, diversity and types of human trafficking in the U.S.
• Recognize the common indicators and high-risk factors for human trafficking.
• State at least two reasons why using trauma-informed care is important when interviewing a potential victim of human trafficking.
• Identify local, state and national service referral resources for trafficking victims.

Training will begin this September in coordination with the following local health care partners:
•         National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta
•         Elbowoods Memorial Health Center, New Town, N.D.; Trenton Community Health Clinic and Mercy Medical Center, Williston, N.D.
•         Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
•         Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston
•         Alameda Consortium of Clinics, Oakland, Calif.
Please visit ACF’s End Trafficking page for more information.
For more information and registration: http://1.usa.gov/1tzz9v5