Webinar February 14, 2024:  Strengthening SBHC Capacity for Response to Adolescent Relationship Abuse

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WEBINAR: Strengthening SBHC Capacity for Response to Adolescent Relationship Abuse

WHEN:  Wednesday, February 14, 2024, 9:00 – 10:30am PST 



Adolescent relationship abuse (ARA) is a prevalent public health problem involving psychological and physical abuse, sexual exploitation, and reproductive coercion within teen relationships. School is an important part of an adolescent’s social network and as such, school-based health centers (SBHCs) are well-positioned to address ARA and exploitation, and the resulting physical and mental health consequences. Engaging youth, health centers, schools, and local violence prevention advocates is vital to creating a multi-sectoral support system for adolescents experiencing ARA and exploitation.

Recognizing this, Futures Without Violence and the School-Based Health Alliance partnered on two virtual learning collaboratives (e.g. October 2021 to February 2022 and November 2022-January 2023) to enhance SBHCs’ capacity to identify, prevent, and respond to ARA and exploitation; provide universal education and support; develop youth-led strategies for healthy relationship building; and implement trauma-informed, systems-level change in partnership with youth and community-based programs. These interventions were informed by a study on SBHCs that found that participants who received brief universal education and harm reduction counseling about ARA were more likely to recognize sexual coercion, had increased knowledge of relationship abuse resources, and had increased self-efficacy to utilize harm reduction behaviors.

In this workshop, presenters will share insights from the learning collaboratives to support participants in creating a plan to address adolescent relationship abuse in their SBHCs. Participants will learn about clinical approaches to offering universal education and support related to relationship abuse; strategies for engaging community partners; and ideas for partnering with youth to promote healthy relationships. Through group discussion, think-pair-shares, and individual reflection, participants will identify opportunities to strengthen their own SBHCs’ practices related to relationship abuse and exploitation. 


Participants will be able to: 

  • State at least three clinical strategies to address ARA and exploitation.  
  • Identify at least two collaborating organizations to support prevention and intervention efforts related to relationship abuse and exploitation.   
  • Name at least two strategies for involving youth leadership in addressing ARA and exploitation within the school community.   
  • Learn about the role of domestic violence and sexual abuse advocates, and where to find advocacy services resources and supports in WA state. 


Any SBHC staff, adolescent health providers, and those serving adolescents/youth in schools, health care organizations, and other community organizations. 


Lisa James, Vice President of Health at Futures Without Violence. As part of a National Health Initiative on Domestic Violence, Ms. James has collaborated with health care providers, domestic violence experts, and health policymakers in over 30 states across the U.S. to develop statewide health care responses to domestic violence through training, health policy reform, and public education. As a recipient of the American Medical Association’s Citation for Distinguished Services, she collaborates with national medical and nursing associations to train healthcare providers on domestic violence and enact effective health policy and programmatic healthcare responses to abuse. During her 28 years with Futures Without Violence, she has also worked with the international program, collaborating with leaders from non-governmental and healthcare organizations in Russia, Mexico, India, and China to build the capacity of health systems, providers, and community members to identify and help victims in reproductive health settings. She is the mother of two and lives in Berkeley, CA. 


Leigh Hofheimer, Senior Program Director of Washington State Coalition for Domestic Violence (WASCDV). Leigh has been an activist and advocate for 30 years, and has worked for WASCDV for over 28 years.  As a Reproductive Justice advocate, Leigh fosters pragmatic approaches that remove barriers between domestic violence/sexual abuse survivors and access to excellent reproductive health services, health equity, and housing justice while working towards a future that supports all kinds of families to live freely without fear of violence, with bodily autonomy and the freedom to make choices. leigh@wscadv.org  

Seleena E. Moore (MPH), Senior Program Manager for National School-Based Health Alliance (SBHA). As a Vice President of Programs with the School-Based Health Alliance (SBHA), Seleena E. Moore, MPH leads and supports local, state, and national programs, aimed at strengthening the capacity of health centers to address and improve health outcomes around access and care, social determinants of health, adolescent relationships, and school and health center partnerships. She also works with health systems and organizations to cultivate youth-led approaches to health care delivery and oversees SBHA’s youth development portfolio of trainings, resources, and partnerships. smoore@sbh4all.org