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Local Agency Receives National Award for Violence Prevention Programming

Rose Brooks Center’s innovative services honored at international and national conferences

Rose Brooks Center was honored with the Futures Without Violence Leadership Award at the Interdisciplinary Health, Research and Education Conference in San Francisco for its efforts in bridging the gap between advocates and health care providers and creating programs that have improved the lives and safety of countless victims of abuse.

Rose Brooks Center was selected by the conference steering committee headed by Futures Without Violence, a national organization whose mission is to prevent and end violence against women and children around the world. The conference was co-sponsored by the most influential health organizations and federal agencies in the country including the American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Practitioners, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Nurses Association, the US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality.

“One of Rose Brooks’ key initiatives over the past ten years has been building our presence throughout the healthcare community in Kansas City,” says Susan Miller, Rose Brooks Center CEO. “We now have terrific partnerships with all the leading hospitals in our community and train other agencies throughout the country how to do the same.”

Often times, health care providers are the front line responders for abuse victims, but medical staff do not necessarily have the resources to handle the severe trauma and legal process associated with family violence. Rose Brooks Center’s successful Bridge Programsm is located at 13 area hospital and clinics. Rose Brooks’ advocates are co-located at these locations to provide 24-hour on-call support to victims of abuse. Rose Brooks Center also trains healthcare providers and administrators to recognize signs of abuse, effectively support victims of abuse, and implement new policies and procedures. The Bridge Programsm serves men, women and children.

Last month, Rose Brooks Center’s innovative practices and programs were also featured at the International Women’s Shelter Conference in Washington D.C. Rose Brooks Center staff led four of the conference seminars on these key topics: Missouri’s Project to Reduce Rules in Shelter, Reproductive Coercion Assessment and Intervention, Accessibility and Responsiveness for Survivors with Disabilities, and Our Story of Survival and Healing. 

“We have worked tirelessly over the past three decades to develop innovative programs to serve our clients here in Kansas City better,” says Miller. “We are honored to know our efforts are being recognized as best practices across the country and the world.”