Medical providers play a unique role in interacting with trafficking victims who are still being exploited, and are often the first professionals to have contact with. However, healthcare workers are rarely trained to recognize these patients, despite their potential opportunity to intervene. During this webinar, Lara Wilken will discuss how medical professionals can broaden their understanding of human trafficking, identify vulnerable populations, and minimize barriers when engaging with potential victims of human trafficking.
Date: November 18, 2021 @ 6:00PM — 7:30PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Lara Wilken, DNP, RN
Lara Wilken is an Assistant Clinical Professor and Coordinator of the online RN-BSN program at Bowling Green State University. She recently earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice with a focus on healthcare and human trafficking. Her background in nursing is primarily medical-surgical oncology, with experience in public school nursing and SANE nursing (sexual assault nurse examiner). She has a passion for human trafficking and has spent the last eight years donating much of her time traveling the northwest region of Ohio educating healthcare providers on the assessment and identification of those involved in the life of human trafficking. She recently created the human trafficking policy for her local healthcare organization and serves as Co-Chair and Medical Liaison for the Erie County Human Trafficking Task Force. Lara is also part of the Ohio Attorney General’s Healthcare Human Trafficking Subcommittee.