Human Trafficking: From an STI Follow-Up Perspective


November 5, 2018

11:00am - 12:00pm CT

12:00 - 1:00pm ET


Registration is open through 11/1/2018 10:45 PM Central Time (US & Canada)


According to the United States Department of Homeland Security, human trafficking is modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Because victims of human trafficking rarely self-disclose, identification and intervention are important tools for healthcare professionals to use when helping prevent human trafficking.

This webinar will specifically address the question: what role do Disease Intervention Specialists and public health professionals have in preventing human trafficking? Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS) and other public health professionals who investigate STIs and perform follow-up are highly skilled patient navigators, network builders, and ground-level investigators. As a critical part of public health infrastructure, DIS can play an important role in the fight against human trafficking, and this webinar will provide information and strategies they can use daily. Please join HCET and Mary A. Jay, MA, Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) for the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, for this engaging webinar.


Attendees will leave this webinar able to:

  • Identify signs of human trafficking in clients when performing STI follow-up duties.
  • Identify what role STI follow-up has in human trafficking prevention.
  • Use intervention strategies to help suspected or identified victims of human trafficking connect with healthcare and community resources.



Mary Jay, MA is a Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) working at the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department since 2002. As a DIS, Mary works with people who have been diagnosed with HIV and/or syphilis. Additionally, she has been a member of the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition since its inception in 2008 and served as a co-chair from 2014-2016. In 2010, she implemented the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department's (TLCHD) human trafficking response plan, making TLCHD the first health department in the state of Ohio to institute such a strategy. Ms. Jay has conducted numerous human trafficking presentations around the state of Ohio.


Registration for this webinar is free for participants and/or grantees of the following programs: Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Screening Program, ISDH Division of HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis, Wisconsin DPH STD Control Section, or Wisconsin Women's Health-Family Planning/Reproductive Health Program.


Registration for this webinar is $25 for all other registrants.


Public health nurses, licensed physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, disease intervention specialists, forensic nurses, SART professionals, local health department staff, and other health care professionals.

Nursing Contact Hours

A total of 1.0 nursing contact hours will be available for this event.


Health Care Education and Training, Inc. is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91) (OH-410, 12/1/2018)

Support Provided By

Supported is provided by the Indiana State Department of Health's STD Prevention Program, the Wisconsin DPH WH-FP/RH Program, and the Wisconsin DPH STD Control Section.

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