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). The NTC provides guidance and support for SANEs and other clinicians in remote, underserved areas. The HHCC and the NTC have been collaborating to develop a system of quality care for sexual assault victims. Webinar participants will have an opportunity to learn first-hand about this unique collaboration as a promising practice to increase access to SANE expertise for tribal communities.

Joan Meunier-Sham, MA SANE Program Director
Cynthia Moore, MSN, RN, CPNP
Johanna Vega-Hall, SANE RN
Elise Sage, SANE RN

Dorma Sahneyah, NIWRC Director of Training/TA