Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $3,992,632)
The purpose of this award, funded under the OVC FY 2019 Enhancing Care and Improving Access and Quality of Sexual Assault Forensic Examinations through Telehealth (Purpose Area 1), is to develop or enhance statewide or regional telehealth programs to improve the quality of healthcare for sexual assault victims, increase the quality of forensic evidence collection, and expand the reach of SANE services through telehealth for communities with limited access to trained SANEs.
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Institute for Digital Health & Innovation, will extend the expertise of Arkansas' few Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) to rural hospital emergency departments across the state through use of real-time, interactive video consults. The project will increase access to and improve the quality of sexual assault forensic examinations and follow-up services in areas without access to SANEs and to increase training and outreach that promotes awareness of sexual assault and the availability of SANE services in rural communities. CA/NCF