159: What is a medical home?

Dr. Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak talk to Dr. Ron Chambers about the importance of teaching physicians proper patient care systems for trafficking victims in order to build better medical homes.

Key Points

  • Few medical students receive human trafficking training.
  • We need to meet the need of the patient population not just in the first days or weeks, but long term.
  • Community agencies are often wary of bringing victims to medical providers because they are afraid the victims will be re-traumatized.
  • Many victims leave safe houses because the environment is so unfamiliar.
  • You need to be able to meet victims where they’re at. Do they need physical help, or mental health services? We must be prepared to provide both.
  • Young men and boys are an underserved trafficking victim community.

“The physician education, training, and development of a human trafficking victim medical home developed at the Dignity Health Family Medicine Residency Program has been conceptualized and implemented with incredible success.  We hope to spread the concept to residencies clinics throughout the country and standardize human trafficking victim and survivor care in physician education and training across the country. It is a viable solution with the potential to synergistically provide widespread healthcare that coincides with training the physicians of tomorrow to recognize and treat this vulnerable patient population.”
—Dr. Ron Chambers


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Sandie Morgan

Sandie Morgan, PhD, RN is recognized globally for her expertise in combatting human trafficking and working to end violence against women. As Director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women & Justice (GCWJ), she oversees the Women’s Studies Minor as well as teaching Family Violence and Human Trafficking.
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