What attracted you to be a Public Policy Research Scholar?
“Nursing gives me clinical experience; PPRS gives me the language in which to translate the issues and inadequacies that I find in the health care field into policy.”
Summer Internship Experience
This summer, with support of PPRS, Erin interned at the World Health Organization’s (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. She joined the Violence against Women (VAW) team, which is within the Department of Reproductive Health and Research.
Under the supervision of Dr. Claudia Garcia-Moreno, she collaborated with a team of experts from around the world to create two curricula to train health care students and health care providers on how to respond to victims of violence. The curricula were designed for low- and middle-income countries where there is minimal, if any, training on how to care for survivors of intimate partner violence and other sexual violence. The curricula provide direction on how to identify violence, to psychosocially support survivors, and to provide pivotal clinical services. Both curricula are set to be piloted in several developing countries this fall.
In addition, Erin conducted a systematic review on forensic training globally. She sought to answer the question of who is collecting forensic evidence from victims of sexual violence for use in court, in addition to where they are being trained and what the content of the training is. She is penning a report on her review that will be submitted for journal publication, and in the hopes of informing WHO’s policy recommendations on forensic training.