About our Blogger:  Jenifer Markowitz is a forensic nursing consultant who specializes in issues related to sexual assault and domestic violence, including medical-forensic examinations and professional education and curriculum development. In addition to teaching at workshops and conferences around the world, she provides expert testimony, case consultation, and technical assistance; and develops training materials, resources, and publications. Much of her work can be found on her website, Forensic Healthcare Online, a space dedicated to helping forensic clinicians access current science and clinical guidance.

Blog Description: This blog mines the vast online world of nonprofit and healthcare management, public policy and forensic education information to bring you accessible (and usually free) resources to keep your SANE programs healthy.

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NNEDV has a new bulletin, Privacy Concerns When Posting Content Online that's worth perusing. Particularly for those of you using social media sites like Facebook, I think it's a good common sense overview. I think it's a great one-pager to provide new staff members, since it's critical for SANEs to consider what they post and how it can impact them professionally.

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For those of you struggling with writing government grants, the Office of Justice Programs has a tutorial that can make the process easier. You'll find everything you need at their Grants 101 site. Best of all, much of the information is applicable to grantwriting in general, particularly in the proposal writing section. And there's a Toolkit with sample documents and other resources, as well.

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Network for Good has a free eBook now available: 8 Online Fundraising Changes You Must Make in 2010. For those of you looking at how to more effectively raise money for general program services through individual donors, this may provide some valuable insight.
 
You can access the eBook here; some basic demographic information is required prior to download.

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and as a way to capture what SANEs and other forensic clinicians are doing to commemorate the month (including the Day of Action on April 20th), we've got a little giveaway over at FHO. One random reader will win a $50 Amazon.com gift card for responding to our question, so come check it out!

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One of the issues we've heard repeatedly in this project is the challenges staff and contract SANEs feel in communicating with their managers and agency administrators. Not feeling like they have a voice and not feeling like their concerns are being addressed has led to problems with retaining good quality, competent nurses.

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First off, apologies for the paucity of posts as of late. I am smack in the middle of a 12 city/8 week tour of the US (because March and April are incredibly busy training months), and I simply haven't been able to keep up. This week is relatively quiet with only an overnighter for me tonight, so I hope to get more content up than I have over the past 2 weeks.
 

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I am very excited to be working with Dr. Rebecca Campbell and her colleagues at Michigan State University on a new research grant that will assist SANE programs in evaluating their impact on criminal justice outcomes. SANE programs who would like to participate in this project are encouraged to apply. You can find all of the details here.
 

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TechSoup is offering a free webinar March 16th, 11am PT on using Twitter. This session is geared toward libraries and non-profits. "This webinar will survey the Twitter landscape, explaining core concepts, enumerating best practices, and describing the tools and tactics that exist to leverage Twitter's strengths.
 

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MNCASA is offering a webinar March 22nd, 12pm CT on protocol development and renewing interagency agreements. This should be an excellent session, addressing two issues we see frequently in the sustainability TA project. This webinar will describe the process of writing or adapting protocols, renewing interagency agreements, and training on protocol.

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Over at the FHO site, I've posted some information on a forensic compliance self-assessment from EVAW. EVAW is the technical assistance provider on this issue, and they've put out some great information on their site. If you have questions about your own program's compliance, definitely check it out.

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