Using Telehealth to Increase the Quality of Forensic-Medical Evidence Collection and Deliver Trauma-Informed Care

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90 Minutes

Originally Aired
December 13, 2018

Joan Meunier-Sham
Joan Meunier-Sham, RN, MS
SANE Program Director, MA Department of Public Health, Co-Director, National TeleNursing Center
Sheridan Miyamoto
Sheridan Miyamoto, PhD
Director, SAFE-T Program, Pennsylvania State University

Join us for a fascinating presentation and discussion with two nursing experts who are using telehealth technology to expand the reach of forensic nursing to hospitals and clinics in rural, tribal, and other underserved areas.

In 2014 the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) funded a national demonstration project, the National TeleNursing Center (NTC), through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Through this pioneering project, the NTC provides telehealth services to survivors of sexual assault in 6 diverse communities in California, Arizona, and Massachusetts. The NTC improves victims’ access to quality forensic sexual assault care and is growing, supporting, and sustaining a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)-prepared workforce.

In 2016, OVC funded the start of a second program, a state-wide effort managed by Pennsylvania State University that is using telehealth technology to enhance access to quality forensic care for adult and adolescent victims of sexual assault in remote communities throughout Pennsylvania.

See how these two programs are not only improving the quality of care and evidence collection for sexual assault survivors, they are boosting the confidence and knowledge of the clinicians providing these services.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Understand how telehealth technology can be used to support clinicians conducting forensic-medical exams in rural, remote, and other underserved areas.
  • Learn about the challenges involved in starting up a telehealth program and strategies to help ensure success.
  • Understand the estimated costs involved and how to leverage community resources for success.
  • Hear about the latest results from an evaluation of the National TeleNursing Center project.
  • Understand the essential elements involved in two models of telehealth care delivery to improve care for victims of sexual assault.


EVAWI is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing to provide Continuing Education contact hours for nurses (Provider #15641). 

Registered Nurses may purchase 1.5 contact hours after completing this webinar.

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This project is supported by Grant No. 2017-TA-AX-K038 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, US Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

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