Living through ongoing public health emergencies (e.g. wildfires, substance use and overdose, evictions and homelessness, Black maternal mortality, tightening of reproductive healthcare restrictions, etc.) makes it clear that not only is healthcare access more important than ever, but that the health of our communities as a whole matters more than ever. FUTURES’ staff continue to train health center staff and DV advocates on the Universal Education Intervention, CUES, and have adapted the intervention to telehealth settings.
Heath Cares About Domestic Violence (HCADV) Day presents an opportunity to expand the conversation from solely individual health outcomes to community health outcomes. Community health workers (CHWs) and others from community based organizations (CBOs) are integral to building and maintaining community protective factors, to help with community healing, and to support violence prevention efforts. With health center staff and DV advocates experiencing high rates of burnout throughout this time, there is opportunity to lean on each other, and form partnerships with other community health services to uplift the movement against violence and towards whole healthy communities.