2022 Pennsylvania Rural Human Trafficking Summit
At the Intersection of Opioid/Substance Use and Human Trafficking
October 18, 2022
9:00 AM-4:00 PM
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
215 Innovation Blvd
State College, 16803
Welcome to the 2022 Rural Human Trafficking Summit! The 2022 Summit will continue the rural human trafficking collaborative with an emphasis on recognizing how substance use impacts human trafficking; breaking down a history of distrust; implementing trauma-informed strategies; and addressing sex and labor trafficking.
Applications are pending to provide continuing education hours by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and the National Association of Social-Workers-PA (NASW-PA)
The Rural Human Trafficking Summit is a partnership of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs, Health Resources and Services Administration, Region 3; the Northeast Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center; the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, and the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania.
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by Jenn Lukens
Click here to read Part one of a two-part series on human trafficking in rural America.
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2019 Rural Human Trafficking Summit Podcast Episodes
Welcome to the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health’s podcast series on human trafficking. Our goal is to educate everyone who can target and stop human trafficking which is defined as modern-day slavery that involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Human trafficking occurs in every state, every city, every town and in almost every industry. Rural areas can be particularly vulnerable to trafficking, and a haven for traffickers. Listen to learn what actions rural communities can and are taking to prevent human trafficking and how to help victims get the support they need.
Join in listening to conversations from the 2019 Pennsylvania Rural Human Trafficking Summit, held on October 29, 2019. This summit was host to multiple guest speakers, including one survivor, who educated attendees on the ways human trafficking is affecting our communities and how to spot and stop this crisis; discussed strategies for health care and human service organizations to implement to train providers and staff on identifying potential human trafficked victims; and highlighted how this issue is impacting Pennsylvania and the role law enforcement is taking. Featured in our two podcasts are Susan Mathias, CEO of Transition of Pennsylvania and Chairperson of the Pennsylvania Association of Sexual Assault Centers and Kendra Aucker President and CEO of Evangelical Community Hospital; and Lisa Davis, Director of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health and Lannette Fetzer, Quality Improvement Coordinator at the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health.
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2019 Rural Human Trafficking Summit Presentations
This article appeared as a Promising Practice feature in the March issue of the NOSORH Branch newsletter.
Reprinted with permission from the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH).
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