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Hackensack Meridian Well being CEO Robert C. Garrett Joins UN Panel to Combat Human Trafficking – Hackensack Meridian Well being


Hackensack Meridian Well being, New Jersey’s largest and most built-in well being community, is happy to announce that Chief Government Officer Robert C. Garrett participated in a United Nations panel yesterday which developed uniform international requirements to assist healthcare suppliers establish and support victims of human trafficking, protocols now despatched to the World Well being Group for adoption.

“Healthcare suppliers have an ethical crucial to intervene on this international tragedy and we will save numerous lives with this efficient coverage that may be shared all through the world,”” stated Robert C. Garrett, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Well being. “Combating human trafficking aligns with a serious precedence of our group – selling well being fairness and human dignity to enhance the well being of our communities.”

Human trafficking is a worldwide public well being disaster with an estimated 50 million victims worldwide. It happens in additional than 165 nations and is a $150 billion-a-year international business. Research present that 9 in 10 victims search medical support, with 70 p.c of them accessing care by way of an emergency division.

For the final three years, International Strategic Operatives (GSO), a non-profit humanitarian group and the Sovereign Order of Malta Everlasting Observer Mission to the United
Nations have labored to develop a protocol to help well being care suppliers globally to establish and support victims of human trafficking. At present there isn’t any uniform international commonplace.

Hackensack Meridian Well being participated in pilot program with 5 different main U.S. well being methods and worldwide healthcare organizations sponsored by GSO to coach suppliers to higher establish and support victims. This analysis has led to the evidence-based suggestions to create a brand new international protocol which is now earlier than the World Well being Group for approval.

“The proposal we’re sending to the World Well being Group for adoption will outline the right way to acknowledge, establish and implement a trauma-informed, survivor-informed, person-centered, culturally applicable response to trafficked individuals searching for well being care,”” stated Deborah O’Hara-Rusckowski, particular advisor to the Ambassador on Human Trafficking.

Hackensack Meridian Well being has developed extra expansive packages to struggle trafficking along with coaching group members. The community screens sufferers all through New Jersey for non-medical points that may affect well being, corresponding to housing or meals insecurity. So far, greater than 400,000 sufferers have been screened and greater than 1 million referrals made to group service businesses. Mr. Garrett introduced on the UN that this very important screening will now embrace human trafficking.

Moreover, Mr. Garrett introduced that community is mandating coaching for future physicians on the Hackensack Meridian College of Medication subsequent yr. This new initiative will support college students as they associate with individuals in underserved communities as a part of the varsity’s Human Dimension program.

“I’m calling on all healthcare leaders to do their half to assist victims and save lives. Collectively, we will make a distinction,”” stated Mr. Garrett stated.


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