Women and girls who have experienced gender-based violence require a radical change in healthcare delivery. To rise to this challenge, we created the PurpLE Health Foundation.
Here's our story:
The PurpLE Health Foundation was created based on the work of our co-founder, Dr. Anita Ravi. Dr. Ravi, a family medicine physician, founded and operated the PurpLE Clinic (2015-2019) which served as a primary medical home for people who had experienced human trafficking and other forms of trauma, including domestic violence and sexual assault.
PurpLE Clinic was piloted within a larger clinic at the Institute for Family Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center network in New York City. The clinic's design was guided by feedback from community partners and people with lived experience, including sex trafficked women incarcerated on Rikers Island. Over 300 people connected with PurpLE Clinic for healthcare during its four years, including children and adults from the United States and abroad and people of all genders, insurance, housing, and documentation statuses. A range of acute, chronic, and preventive medical services were provided, including diabetes care, vaccinations, Pap smears, injury management, HIV care, LGBTQ+ care, and routine physicals. Along the way, the clinic received several national accolades, including recognition from the US Health Resources and Services Administration as a “Promising Practice” in the care of people who have experienced domestic violence and human trafficking and grant funding from the US Department of Justice.
While running this specialized clinic within a larger healthcare setting had many benefits, it also revealed many ways in which the conventional healthcare system requires radical redesign to meet the needs of people who have experienced chronic and sexual trauma. With a deeper understanding of the healthcare needs and barriers facing this population, the PurpLE Health Foundation was created to implement a reimagined healthcare delivery system for self-identified women and girls who have experienced gender-based violence.
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