Online Program

Human trafficking prevention through interdisciplinary faculty education

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 2:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Brianna Kent, PhD, RN, Health Science, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Sandrine Gaillard-Kenney, Ed.D., Health Science, Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Rose Colón, PhD, Health Science, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Adriane Reesey, MS, Broward Human Trafficking Coalition, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Human Trafficking is a complex public health crisis. Interdisciplinary healthcare education that increases awareness of human trafficking is required to combat modern day slavery. Faculty need assessment and a review of a college-wide curricula determined that human trafficking was absent from every course and was a need. This presentation will illustrate how an innovative victim-centered, human trafficking, education program motivated faculty from multiple healthcare professions to address this public health crisis by integrating human trafficking into their existing curricula. The presenters developed human trafficking curriculum grounded in adult learning theory and the transtheoretical model of change (Prochaska & DiClemente, 1983). Experts on human trafficking from medicine, law enforcement, victims support agencies, and farmworkers' advocates presented four training modules. These included: human trafficking overview, victims' healthcare needs, developmental and cultural factors in the screening of victims, and instructional strategies for faculty. Modules post-test scores showed a measurable increase in facultys' awareness of human trafficking. Outcome surveys revealed that 100% of the participants were willing to change their existing curriculum by including human trafficking. Qualitative data corroborated the findings that faculty gained knowledge of human trafficking and learned new skills to identify victims of human trafficking. In order for healthcare professionals to help victims of human trafficking appropriate training is needed. Current and future healthcare professionals knowledgeable in the signs and symptoms of human trafficking can reduce the criminalization of victims and refer victims to appropriate health and social services. This educational program was designed specifically to address that healthcare training need.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Describe an interdisciplinary healthcare faculty educational program that increased awareness of human trafficking. Demonstrate how interdisciplinary healthcare faculty education strategies produced inter-professional collaboration and curriculum change. Explain how faculty progressed through the stages of change as described in the transtheoretical model by Prochaska and DiClemente (1983).

Keyword(s): Human Rights, Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Dr. Sandrine Gaillard-Kenney is an educator with a concentration in instructional technology, course and program design and, distance education. Her work focuses on the development and implementation of traditional and distance curricula, the needs of adult learners, and student retention in healthcare post professional programs.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.