historical trauma; indigenous peoples; culturally responsive care; human trafficking; human trafficking/ethnology; health equity; trauma-informed care; cultural humility


Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Other Public Health | Patient Safety | Women's Health


In the last decade, the public health field has grown a strong interest in responding to issues related to human trafficking. This specific concentration in healthcare has made efforts to ensure this work includes culturally appropriate tools to serve patients. While curricula to guide health professionals in areas such as cultural competency, cultural responsiveness, or cultural humility exist, historical trauma is not often integrated in the understanding of health outcomes for patients experiencing human trafficking. This paper asserts that advancing health equity for these patients necessitates a deeper historical perspective.


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