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Supporting Patients Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence: Opportunities for Oral Health Providers
Join us for an October Domestic Violence Awareness Month webinar to identify strategies that can promote health and safety outcomes for patients and their children. Oral health providers play an important role in supporting survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV). In several studies many survivors of IPV saw a dentist when signs of abuse were present and many were not asked about their injuries (as many as 88.6% in one study). Oral health providers have an opportunity to offer their patients information on IPV, reduce isolation, and increase safety by referring patients to community-based organizations for support. National resources, including programs that help patients receive free cosmetic and dental reconstructive procedures, will also be discussed. This webinar will highlight resources offered by Health Partners on IPV + Exploitation (a HRSA-funded NTTAP), detail national hotlines and oral health programs to support survivors of DV and discuss the latest research on the topic. 1CDE will be offered.
1. Identify the prevalence of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and oral health problems associated with IPV.
2. Identify an evidence-based universal education approach (CUES -Confidentiality, Universal Education, Empowerment, Support) to inform patients about healthy relationships and assess for IPV.
3. List the benefits of partnering with a local DV agency/community-based organization to promote bi-directional client referrals.

Oct 27, 2021 11:00 AM in Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Rebecca Levenson
@Health Partners on IPV + Exploitation (Futures Without Violence)
Rebecca Levenson has decades of experience helping health care systems respond to intimate partner violence (IPV). A former Planned Parenthood clinic director and senior health policy analyst for the national nonprofit FUTURES Without Violence, Rebecca is a nationally-recognized researcher, educator, advocate, and speaker. Rebecca is the architect of the FUTURES evidence-based intervention, “CUES,” which applies the power of universal education and altruism to improve providers’ ability to help clients experiencing IPV. Ms. Levenson is an author of numerous additional IPV training resources and publications.