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Use of a Health Advocacy Model for Survivors of Interpersonal Violence

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Department of Public Health Education, School of Public Health, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX 76107, USA
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Department of Health Behavior and Health Systems, School of Public Health, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX 76107, USA
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Department of Kinesiology, University of Texas Arlington, Arlington, TX 76109, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(23), 8966; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17238966
Received: 22 September 2020 / Revised: 12 November 2020 / Accepted: 23 November 2020 / Published: 2 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Women’s Empowerment and Women’s Health Outcomes)
This article examines the implementation of a health advocacy model designed for survivors of interpersonal violence (IPV) in a metropolitan area of North Texas. Using a framework influenced by motivational interviewing, solution-focused therapy, and trauma-informed care, this program engaged IPV survivors in creating health and safety goals. Goal attainment scaling was used to track progress after each health advocacy encounter. Clients could set their own goals for healthcare, self-care, and safety. The program served 419 clients and 648 goals were set by clients at the first visit. Among all goals, 89% selected goals focused on healthcare, with 47% of those selecting obtaining health insurance or coverage as a need. These results demonstrate the need for an enhanced healthcare response for this population. The remaining goals selected were self-care (7%) and safety (3%). The design of the health advocacy intervention shows promise towards filling the gaps between IPV and healthcare service delivery systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: intimate partner violence; health advocacy; women’s health; motivational interviewing; solution-focused therapy; goal attainment scaling intimate partner violence; health advocacy; women’s health; motivational interviewing; solution-focused therapy; goal attainment scaling
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Grace, J.; Walters, S.T.; Gallegos, I.; Thompson, E.L.; Spence, E.E. Use of a Health Advocacy Model for Survivors of Interpersonal Violence. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 8966. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17238966

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Grace J, Walters ST, Gallegos I, Thompson EL, Spence EE. Use of a Health Advocacy Model for Survivors of Interpersonal Violence. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(23):8966. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17238966

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Grace, Jessica, Scott T. Walters, Irene Gallegos, Erika L. Thompson, and Emily E. Spence. 2020. "Use of a Health Advocacy Model for Survivors of Interpersonal Violence" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 23: 8966. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17238966

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