Health Care Summit


The Health Care Summit on Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking & Sexual Assault aims to inspire community collaboration and provide an opportunity for networking as we address the health care sector’s critical role in identification and response to survivors of violence. Specific topics to be addressed include the importance of the health care setting and response, guiding principles and practical steps, and navigating the reporting and documentation challenges within these issues. Attendees are invited to also attend the networking breakfast featuring the Violence Prevention Program.

Intended Audience: Chicago Metropolitan Area hospital administrators, physicians, advance practice providers, nurses, social workers and crisis workers, spiritual care givers and domestic violence, human trafficking and sexual assault advocates.

Wednesday, May 17
9:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Swedish Covenant Hospital
Anderson Pavilion Auditorium
2751 W. Winona Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625

Event Schedule

9:30 a.m. Registration
9:45 a.m. The Health Care Response to Violence and Abuse – Collaborating for Lasting Change
Dr. Elaine Alpert, Instructor, MD Undergraduate Program
Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia
10:40 a.m. Identification and First Response in the Health Care Setting
Yesenia Maldonado, Executive Director, Between Friends
Kathleen Doherty, Executive Director, Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network
Summar Ghias, Human Trafficking Task Force Coordinator, STOP-IT, The Salvation Army Family and Community Services
Jacklyn Rodriguez, SANE Coordinator, Crime Victim Services, Office of the Attorney General, State of Illinois
11:50 a.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. Building Trauma-informed and Survivor-Centered Systems
Ji Hye Kim, Associate Director, KAN-WIN
Sarah Layden, Acting Executive Director, Rape Victim Advocates (RVA) 
Nancy Toncy, Clinical Supervisor, Between Friends
2 p.m. Reporting and Documentation
Radhika Sharma Gordon, Education and Outreach Manager, Apna Ghar
Jan Russell, Senior Policy Counsel, Office of Public Policy, Cook County Sheriff’s Office
Sara Block, Domestic Violence Project Attorney, the Family Defense Center
3 p.m. Closing Reflections from Promising Programs
Miriam Ramirez, Trauma Coordinator, MacNeal Hospital
Kate Lawler, Director, Violence Prevention Program, Swedish Covenant Hospital
3:45 p.m. Summit Adjourns


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Learn more about the Violence Prevention Program at Swedish Covenant Hospital.

Summit organized in collaboration with our community partners:  Apna Ghar, Between Friends, Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network, KAN-WIN, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) Project Impact, Rape Victim Advocates, and the Salvation Army Stop-it Program.

RSVP by Fri., March 31.

If you have any questions, please contact the Foundation at or (773) 878-2492.