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The National TeleNursing Center: Transforming Care for Sexual Assault Patients, Providers and Communities


January 22, 2019

1:00 - 2:30PM Eastern Time


Free for members (includes 1.5 Contact Hours)

$30 Non-Members (includes 1.5 Contact Hours)



Join us to learn how the National TeleNursing Center (NTC) piloted the use of Video Conferencing Technology (VCT) to support SANE/SAFE and emergency department clinicians caring for sexual assault patients across 3 states with diverse communities (tribal, rural, Military). Presenters will discuss the NTC teleSANE practice model based on Duffy’s Quality Care Framework. In addition, presenters will discuss evaluation findings from this 5 year pilot project in relation to its impact on patients, clinicians and the broader community. Presenters will share important lessons learned that can help other agencies looking to implement this innovative teleSANE practice model to increase access to SANE/SAFE expertise.



Theodore P. Cross, Ph.D., is a senior research professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For the past 30 years, he has been studying investigation, evidence collection, and prosecution in child, adolescent and adult sexual assault cases.  He was the principal investigator in two National Institute of Justice studies exploring the criminal justice impact of biological evidence collected at forensic medical examinations, and directed the program evaluation of the National TeleNursing Center project funded by the federal Office for Victims of Crime. 


Joan Meunier-Sham, RN, MS is the Director of the Massachusetts Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program, responsible for the statewide delivery of acute Adult/Adolescent SANE services in 30 MA hospitals, and the delivery of Pediatric SANE services in 8 Children’s Advocacy Centers. She is also the Co-Director of the National TeleNursing Project, a pilot project funded by the National Institutes of Justice, Office of Victims of Crime. This demonstration project uses audio and video telemedicine technology for MA TeleSANEs to provide expert consultation to clinicians caring for sexual assault patients in underserved communities in 6 locations in 4 states nationwide. 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 spoken nationally and internationally on many occasions and has authored several professional publications.


Cheryl Re, RN, BSN, is the Co-Director the National TeleNursing Center (NTC) Project, a pilot project of the MA Department of Public Health (MDPH).  In this role she ensures consistency in SANE practice between the MA SANE Program, and the NTC. Cheryl provides leadership regarding long-term sustainability of the NTC, and she is also an active NTC teleSANE.  Cheryl is also the Associate Director of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Adult/Adolescent SANE Program. She has been in this role since 2010 and oversees program operations, quality assurance, service delivery activities, and compliance with SANE protocols and Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) between MDPH and 30 designated SANE sites. She spends a great deal of time collaborating with community partners and agencies, to bridge practice and communication gaps that can impact the quality of services provided to sexual assault survivors across the Commonwealth. Cheryl has presented several national webinars on the topic of strangulation, and has presented nationally and internationally on the NTC Project. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts- Boston.


Wendy A. Walsh, Ph.D., is a Research Faculty at the University of New Hampshire’s Crimes against Children Research Center. For the past 18 years she has been conducting research on evaluating child abuse prevention and intervention programs and the criminal justice response to child victimization. Her research areas include Children’s Advocacy Centers, Internet crimes against children, victims portrayed in sexual abuse images, and improving access to children’s mental health services. She recently evaluated the National TeleNursing Center, a pilot project to use telemedicine to bring quality forensic medical examinations to adolescent and adult victims of sexual assault in rural, tribal, military, and underserved areas.  She is the author and co-author of numerous articles about child victimization and service use, the impact of victimization, and criminal justice outcomes. She currently serves on the National Children’s Alliance Research Advisory Committee.


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Webinar #3:

Physical Exam & Utilizing the Istanbul Protocol 


Registration will open in early 2019


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 Registration for the live session is limited to 200 attendees

The series will continue into early 2019.  The full series includes:

  • Legal Framework for Immigrant Victims & Introduction to the Istanbul Protocol (Completed November 15.  Available in the Online Learning Center)
  • The Clinical Interview & Considerations for Vulnerable Populations (Completed December 11.  Available in the Online Learning Center)
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  • Specific Forms of Torture & Corresponding Clinical Findings
  • Writing a Medical-Legal Affidavit & Providing Oral Testimony

While we encourage you to participate in the entire series, registration will be held separately for each webinar. All sessions will be recorded and available for later viewing in the Online Learning Center




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