GCADV is participating in a national initiative from the Family Violence Prevention Fund called Project Connect. Georgia was one of only 10 sites chosen to participate. The purpose of Project Connect is to train public health providers on how domestic violence can impact a woman’s health. Angie Boy joined GCADV’s staff in June to coordinate this project.
A Leadership Team composed of professionals from the state health department, Emory University, Georgia State University and other allied organizations has been developed to guide the work of Project Connect. We chose to focus our public health efforts on family planning and reproductive health care providers. These providers are in a unique role of seeing women who by virtue of needing their services are in or have been in an intimate relationship. By addressing such topics as reproductive coercion and birth control sabotage with their patients, public health providers will be able to identify victims and appropriately refer them for services.
Training, technical assistance and education materials are the primary focal points for Project Connect. Four regional trainings will be held (metro Atlanta, Augusta, Macon, Savannah) along with two smaller trainings in Columbus and Albany. These trainings are designed for health care providers but others are welcome to attend as space is available. Up to 14 sites will be chosen statewide to receive in-depth technical assistance related to Project Connect. GCADV will provide assistance with clinic policy development as well as additional trainings on an as-needed basis. Patient and provider education materials including posters, wallet cards and pregnancy wheels will be available at trainings and as part of the technical assistance process.
The first regional training is scheduled for Tuesday, October 5th from 9:00 until 5:00 at the Dekalb County Health Department. For more information, contact us at http://www.gcadv.org/connect.