SC4 to host human trafficking conference with a health care focus April 8

St. Clair County Community College’s nursing department and the Michigan Abolitionist Project (MAP) are partnering to present a human trafficking conference Monday, April 8, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the college’s Fine Arts Theatre.

The conference not only aims to increase awareness and understanding of the global crisis but also will focus on human trafficking from a health care perspective, educating professionals in the field on the assessment and evaluation of potential victims.

BastienThe second annual seminar will feature remarks from keynote speaker Danielle Bastien, RN, DNP FNP-BC, an emergency room nurse at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Bastien recently completed the DNP program at Wayne State University, where her doctoral thesis focused on human trafficking. She developed a policy for Henry Ford Health System which implemented changes to the triage and emergency department process to help better identify patients who are victims of human trafficking.

“We’re so excited to partner with MAP to host this important event at SC4,” said Patti Tibble, director of the college’s nursing program. “Human trafficking is a critically important topic to address as nurses and health care professionals, and we’re glad to help bring training and assessment tools to professionals in our region.”

Interested attendees can learn more and register online through the MAP website. Registration is $20, and the event will issue 2.5 continuing education contact hours for nurses. For more information, email porthuron@map-mi.org or call 810-748-9528.

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