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Forensic Healthcare


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Developed in 2011, the Indian Health Service (IHS) Forensic Healthcare Program trains health workers to conduct medical forensic care for American Indian and Alaska Native victims of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, child maltreatment, and elder abuse. IHS trains workers to identify injuries, provide medical treatment and evaluation, collect evidence, offer court testimony to assist with prosecuting abusers, and participate in coordinated community response against violence. Most forensic healthcare providers are nurses, but physicians and physician assistants also provide care.

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