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Heart City Child Advocacy Center

Phone: 402-376-8027

Fax: 402-376-8027


As in most rural areas, professional providers and community leaders seldom have local opportunities to enhance their knowledge in a way that will prevent child abuse.  Although a very effective State-wide domestic violence awareness campaign is underway, specific education for community leaders and medical providers is not available in this rural region of Nebraska and South Dakota.  The now-recognized significant association between domestic violence and child abuse means that many opportunities for risk assessment and safety planning are being lost, due to inadequate provider awareness, and inadequate community awareness. In addition, rural providers have limited opportunities to update their knowledge regarding child maltreatment syndromes, which can be logically integrated into professional provider education sessions. The Foundation will collaborate with expert educators to offer continuing medical education (CME) programming that focuses on domestic violence general awareness, domestic violence screening methods, referral processes, and implications for child safety.  These educational offerings will include focused presentations on child maltreatment syndromes, and a component on child abuse prevention strategies.  All sessions will utilize the collaborative input of the local domestic violence advocacy organization, the North Central Quad County Task Force Against Domestic Violence. The date and time of these CME offerings will be mailed to providers in the surrounding region 4 weeks in advance with a follow-up call to remind and encourage attendance.  The project will seek participation of physicians, mid-levels, and nurses from a 50 mile radius (including Rosebud and Winner, South Dakota, and Ainsworth, Nebraska).  The Foundation will conduct these offerings in the evenings, using the meeting facilities of Valentine (Nebraska) and Ainsworth (Nebraska) restaurants, and offering a complementary meal for attendance, along with CME credits.  If you’d like to assist in this novel educational process, we can put your financial gift to good use.

Health Professional Training in Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment

What it is:  Health Care professional continuing medical education, provided right in the northern-tier of Nebraska.