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Creating an Interdisciplinary Medical Home for Survivors of Human Trafficking

McNiel, Melinda MD, MPH; Held, Theodore MD, MPH; Busch-Armendariz, Noël PhD, LMSW, MPA

doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000000419
Contents: Current Commentary

Health care providers play an important role in identifying victims of human trafficking and addressing their unique medical needs. In response to a recently published call to action in Obstetrics & Gynecology, an interdisciplinary medical home has been created in central Texas to serve as a model for delivery of care to survivors of human trafficking that is sensitive to their history of trauma, or “trauma-informed.” An overview of the topic is provided along with a description of the stakeholders involved and the steps that were taken to create the clinic. This information is presented with the intention of educating health care providers on the long-term medical needs of survivors and on how they can establish a similar clinic in other parts of the country.

A multidisciplinary clinic in central Texas is proposed as a health care model to address the needs of survivors of human trafficking.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Texas Southwestern, and the University of Texas at Austin, School of Social Work, Austin, Texas.

Corresponding author: Melinda McNiel, MD, MPH, 1407 Beckett Street, Austin, TX 78757, e-mail:

The authors thank Dr. Laura Chambers, Dr. Rolin-Kenny, Dr. Charles Brown, CommUnityCare, Veronica Conde, Corinna Jay, Kay Mailander, and Sherrie Margiotta for contributing to the design of the clinic and of this paper.

Financial Disclosure The authors did not report any potential conflicts of interest.

© 2014 by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.