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Using Telehealth to Increase the Quality of Forensic-Medical Evidence Collection and Deliver Trauma-Informed Care Webinar
Thursday, December 13th, 2018
10:00 AM PT/11:00 AM MT/12:00 PM CT/1:00 PM ET

This webinar is approximately 90 minutes long.

Course Description

Join us for a fascinating presentation and discussion with two nursing experts who are using telehealth technology to expand the reach of forensic nursing to hospitals and clinics in rural, tribal, and other underserved areas.

In 2014 the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) funded a national demonstration project, the National TeleNursing Center (NTC), through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Through this pioneering project, the NTC provides telehealth services to survivors of sexual assault in 6 diverse communities in California, Arizona, and Massachusetts. The NTC improves victims’ access to quality forensic sexual assault care and is growing, supporting, and sustaining a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)-prepared workforce.

In 2016, OVC funded the start of a second program, a state-wide effort managed by Pennsylvania State University that is using telehealth technology to enhance access to quality forensic care for adult and adolescent victims of sexual assault in remote communities throughout Pennsylvania.

See how these two programs are not only improving the quality of care and evidence collection for sexual assault survivors, they are boosting the confidence and knowledge of the clinicians providing these services.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Understand how telehealth technology can be used to support clinicians conducting forensic-medical exams in rural, remote, and other underserved areas.
  • Learn about the challenges involved in starting up a telehealth program and strategies to help ensure success.
  • Understand the estimated costs involved and how to leverage community resources for success.
  • Hear about the latest results from an evaluation of the National TeleNursing Center project.
  • Understand the essential elements involved in two models of telehealth care delivery to improve care for victims of sexual assault.



Joan Meunier-Sham, RN, MS PictureJoan Meunier-Sham, RN, MS
SANE Program Director, MA Department of Public Health, Co-Director, National TeleNursing Center, Newton, MA

Joan Meunier-Sham is the Director of the Massachusetts Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program, and is responsible for the statewide delivery of acute Adult/Adolescent SANE services in 30 MA hospitals, and the delivery of Pediatric SANE services in 8 of the state’s 12 Children’s Advocacy Centers. She is also the Co-Director of the National TeleNursing Center, a pilot project funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime. In this pioneering project, TeleSANEs at the National TeleNursing Center use telehealth technology to provide 24/7 “real time” support and guidance to clinicians conducting forensic examinations for adult / adolescent sexual assault patients in underserved communities. The NTC has provided services to over 270 patients in 3 hospitals in Arizona, California and Massachusetts.

Prior to these roles, Ms. Meunier-Sham was the Associate Director of the MA Pediatric SANE Program. In that role she had primary responsibility for the development and implementation of Pediatric SANE services across Massachusetts. Ms. Meunier-Sham has a clinical background in pediatric and pediatric emergency nursing. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and her Master of Science degree in Parent/Child Nursing from Boston University. Ms. Meunier-Sham has presented nationally and internationally on the MA SANE Program and National TeleNursing Center and has authored several professional publications.

Sheridan Miyamoto, PhD PictureSheridan Miyamoto, PhD
Director, SAFE-T Program, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

Sheridan Miyamoto is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing and the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network at Penn State University. Dr. Miyamoto received her PhD in Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. Her clinical work as a Nurse Practitioner at the UC Davis Child and Adolescent Abuse Resource and Evaluation Center focused on providing health and child maltreatment forensic services to children in Northern California. She supported six rural sites through live telehealth sexual assault consultations, allowing children to receive quality care within their own community.

Miyamoto’s research interests include the use of telehealth technology to improve sexual assault forensic care in rural communities, the identification and prevention of commercial sexual exploitation of children (trafficking), and the use of technology and innovation to improve patient outcomes. Miyamoto is the principal investigator of the Pennsylvania Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Telehealth (SAFE-T) Center, a project funded by the Department of Justice to enhance access to quality forensic services in underserved communities.

This project is supported by Grant No. 2017-TA-AX-K038 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, US Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
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