Pharmacy Student Develops Human Trafficking CE Program
Earlier this year, a new law amending the Michigan Public Health Code was passed requiring all licensed health professionals in the state of Michigan to be trained on how to identify victims of human trafficking. Healthcare professionals are one of the few that come into contact with victims while the victim is still in captivity and can play a crucial role in identifying and helping victims seek refuge. The Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) now offers a continuing education (CE) program to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians on Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking, developed by Amy Montague (P4), which fulfills this new requirement. This self-study module educates health professionals on the various types of human trafficking, its venues, and whom it affects. It aims to increase recognition of human trafficking victims by health professionals in the pharmacy and other healthcare settings and also provides a list of resources for suspected victims.
"When people hear the term human trafficking, many do not realize that this is an issue in their own city or state; unfortunately it is a growing concern in the United States and Michigan,” says Ms. Montague. “It is important as healthcare professionals to learn the general warning signs of victims so that we can better identify victims and stop the abuse from occurring."
For more information on the Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking CE program, click here.