Medical Advocacy Partnership Program (MAPP)
The Safe Berks Medical Advocacy Partnership Program (MAPP) is an initiative between Berks County healthcare facilities and Safe Berks to serve survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. We educate healthcare providers and help provide a warm hand off between services.
Medical Advocates are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. On-site Medical Advocates serve at Reading Hospital/Tower Health, Penn State Health St. Joseph, and Berks Community Health Center. Advocates provide immediate response to medical advocacy calls, and immediate access to Safe Berks’ information, advocacy, safety planning, shelter and counseling.
To request medical advocacy, call the Safe Berks 24-hour hotline at 844-789-SAFE (7233), or text SAFE BERKS to 20121, or request a Safe Berks medical advocate while at a local hospital or healthcare center.
Lunch & Learns
The Safe Berks Medical Advocacy Partnership Program (MAPP) is offering free “Lunch & Learns” to hospitals, healthcare centers and other health care providers. Safe Berks will provide the free lunch and valuable information about how to screen patients for domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking. Safe Berks Medical Advocates will also provide information about how to serve survivors, and how Safe Berks can help by providing free and confidential services 24/7 in English, Spanish or any other language needed. For more info, or to schedule a Lunch & Learn, please contact Meghan Sager, Manager of the MAPP Department, at 610-370-7606 or MeghanS@SafeBerks.org.
- Develop an effective screening tool for healthcare professionals to identify victims and survivors.
- Establish standard policies and protocols for responding to victims and survivors.
- Enhance healthcare provider knowledge about the risks of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
- Increase victim and survivor access to Safe Berks services.
For more info about MAPP or to request free training for healthcare providers, contact:
Manager of the Medical Advocacy Partnership Program