Human Trafficking in Michigan - N33523


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About the Course:
Healthcare professionals in Michigan are on the front lines of the fight against human trafficking. Nurses must be alert to the signs of trafficking in their patients and trained to respond with trauma-informed care. This course is designed to provide a sensitive review of the issue of abuse in human trafficking and how it affects patients and their families. This course is a one-time requirement for Michigan nurses and nurse practitioners to improve their ability to practice evidence-based care to identify, care for, and report victims of human trafficking.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Describe the incidence, scope, and types of human trafficking.
  • List risk factors and warning signs for those who may become or who are victims of human trafficking.
  • Discuss intervention strategies to approach trafficking victims and determine treatment.
  • Identify reporting agencies and community resources for human trafficking victims.
  • Explain the role of health care personnel in attacking the global issue of human trafficking and empowering victims for change.

About the Author:
Michelle Lyman, MD, MPH, is a Family Medicine resident working at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.  She graduated from the University of South Florida College of Medicine in 2019 with a dual degree in medicine and a Master of Public Health specializing in Epidemiology. Dr. Lyman also earned a graduate certificate through the Scholarly Excellence Leadership Experience and Collaborative Training (SELECT) program.

During medical school, she worked with the Physicians Against Trafficking of Humans (PATH) through the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) as well as HEAL Trafficking to promote improved medical education on trafficking. She has presented her work on simulation-based curriculum at several national conferences and has designed several inaugural training programs at her medical school that continue to this day. Dr. Lyman’s current education goals are to more fully understand broad-spectrum care to better serve vulnerable populations and foster community health.