Relationship among Human Trafficking Risk and Health Literacy: Implications for Screening and Referral among Substance Abuse Populations

Health care professionals are among the most likely to come into contact with those that are currently or have been victims of human trafficking. A response to education and awareness campaigns worldwide has increased efforts to improve screening and referral for trafficking victims among the medical, legal, and social service communities. This presentation will describe a pilot study aimed at understanding what relationships exist between human trafficking victimization and health literacy among substance use populations. A pilot of 24 participants completed a screening for Human trafficking using and adapted version from the VREA assessment and the Newest Vital Sign a screening for health literacy upon intake into substance use treatment. Over one half screened at risk for human trafficking without self-identifying as victim. Pilot analyses reveal that there is a significant inverse relationship between health literacy and human trafficking risk. These results informed an implementation study to better screen for human trafficking victimization, make appropriate referrals to services, and implement universal precautions for populations with low health literacy.


Outline/Structure of the Demonstration

I. Description of Need for pilot Screening Study among Substance Treatment programs in Arkansas

II.Discuss how we adapted the Vera screening for human trafficking Risk

III. Explain results

A. Prevalence of Human Trafficking and coercion victimization among those in substance use treatment

B. Relationships between Adverse Early childhood Experiences, Health Literacy, and Human Trafficking Risk for better identification of those at risk

C. How to implement referral network for linkages to additional treatment

IV. Summary/ Questions and Answer

Learning Outcome

Understand Health Literacy

Identify Risk factors

Implement Screening and Referral

Target Audience

Clinicians who treat vulnerable populations

Prerequisites for Attendees

No prerequisite

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