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Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking in the Health Care Setting

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Overview

Many health care providers in the United States practice with the thought that human trafficking, also referred to as modern day slavery, does not exist here in the United States. Rather, they believe that it is a problem relevant only to far off distant countries. The truth is that this terrible crime is occurring right here in the United States, just as it is in faraway places. In the United States, roughly 88% of victims have had an interaction with a healthcare provider during their captivity. This puts health care professionals in a unique position to interact with victims in a way that, if appropriately identified, can result in liberation for the victim. Identifying persons believed to be a victim of human trafficking requires health care providers to not only recognize the many types of trafficking that can occur, but also be able to recognize the indicators that unlawful human trafficking may be taking place.

To identify victims that are potentially in plain view yet unseen, health care professionals must be diligent to read between the lines of those things left unsaid to see the bigger picture presenting before them. From a pharmacy viewpoint, a woman that you notice coming into the pharmacy often to purchase emergency contra- ception may not be a victim of human trafficking, but she may be. It takes a closer examination of the bigger picture to discover if there are indicators of unlawful activity taking place. Does she have any other indicators that would merit striking up a conversation with her to dig a little deeper?...

Details

Publication Date: 01/22/2019
Expiration Date: 01/21/2022
CE Credit: 2.0 (02.0 CEU)
Type of Activity: Knowledge-based

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Authors

Dr. Anthony Cole earned his Bachelor’s degree in pharmacy, with a minor in Criminal Justice, from Wayne State University, then earnd his PharmD from Idaho State University, and subsequently enrolled at the University of Michigan to double major in graduate studies earning his MBA and MPH simultaneously.

Disclosure Statement

Dr. Cole reports no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this activity.

Target Audience

This accredited program is targeted to pharmacists .

Goals & Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

    1. Describe the types of human trafficking
    2. Outline key factors that place a person at greater risk of being a victim of human trafficking
    3. Recognize general indicators that a person may be a victim of human trafficking as well as validated assessment tools for identifying a human trafficking victim
    4. Identify methods for reporting human trafficking to include the national hotline.
    5. Outline referral options for legal services as well public and private social services available for rescue, food, clothing and shelter
    6. Describe procedures for sharing information related to human trafficking with a patient

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ACPE Universal Activity Number: 0428-0000-19-003-H04-P


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Upon successful completion of this program and the post test (70%), 2.0 hours of continuing education credit will be awarded. To receive credit and your exam score, please complete the exam questions and program evaluation.

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Chief Editor and CE Administrator


Terry M. Baker, PharmD

Managing Editor


Tracy Farnen, PharmD

Associate Editors


James Chan, PharmD, PhD
Pharmacy Quality and Outcomes Coordinator
Kaiser Permanente
Oakland, CA

Associate Clinical Professor
School of Pharmacy
University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Richard Ron Finley, B.S. Pharm.,R.Ph.
Clinical Pharmacist (volunteer faculty)
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Memory and Aging Center
Lecturer (Emeritus) UCSF, Department of Clinical Pharmacy
Health Sciences Clinical Professor, UCSF School of Pharmacy
San Francisco, CA

Consultant Pharmacist
Ray Dolby Brain Health Center, Sutter Health/CPMC
San Francisco, CA

Consult Pharmacist Aging and Adult Health Services
San Francisco Health Department
San Francisco, CA

Julio R. Lopez, PharmD, FCSHP
Chief of Pharmacy Service
VA Northern California Health Care System

Adjunct Clinical Professor
College of Pharmacy
Touro University
Vallejo, CA

Assistant Clinical Professor
School of Pharmacy
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA Adjunct Professor
Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy
University of the Pacific
Stockton, CA

Visiting Associate Professor and Lecturer
Nursing School
Samuel Merritt University
Oakland, CA

Pamela Mausner, MD

Helen Berlie, Pharm.D. CDE, BCACP
Clinical Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI

Ambulatory Care Specialist - Diabetes
Health Centers Detroit Medical Group
Detroit, MI

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Gerard Hatheway, PharmD, PhD

Editorial Advisors


Belinda M. Danielson, RPh
Christopher M. DeSoto, PharmD
Angie S. Graham, PharmD
Cynthia Chan Huang, PharmD, MBA
Fred Plageman, PharmD

Editorial Advisor and Clinical Practice Consultant for Nurse Practitioners


Emily K.
Meuleman, RN, C, MS

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