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Transforming Care in Tribal Communities for Sexual Assault Survivors Through Partnership and Technology

For many remote Indian communities, it often is difficult to create, develop and sustain trauma-informed and culturally appropriate services and resources as part of a health response for Indigenous women who have been sexually violated. Sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE) have specialized training, education, and experience in providing quality forensic medical examinations and patient-centered care to survivors. Given high medical staff turnover, it is challenging to keep SANE nurses on staff in tribal community health care facilities.

Hopi Sexual Assault Tele-Nursing Project: Enhancing Safety for Victims of Sexual Violence

Sexual assault is a significant issue in tribal communities. In its immediate aftermath, victims deserve access to Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) specifically trained to provide expert forensic nursing care that is victim-centered and compassionate. In 2013 the Hopi Health Care Center (HHCC) developed a SANE program following the American Indian/Alaska Native SANE-SART 2010 Initiative. Simultaneously, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health received federal funding to develop a National Tele-nursing Center (NTC).

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