The PHPDA is chartered by the City of Seattle with stewardship of the landmark Pacific Tower and its surrounding campus. The PHPDA uses lease revenue from the property to fund programs consistent with its mission of decreasing disparities in healthcare access and improving healthcare outcomes among King County’s underserved populations. The PDA achieves this goal primarily by making grants to health and social service agencies that provide services and resources to a wide range of communities, with a particular emphasis on traditionally uninsured and underinsured communities of color, immigrants, linguistic minorities, and economically challenged persons. Learn more about how PHPDA is funded.
The Pacific Hospital PDA property has a colorful history that has engaged a diverse group of community advocates through the years.
The Pacific Hospital PDA is led by a volunteer Governing Council. All meetings are open to the public, and the beginning of each meeting is reserved for public comment.
In order to identify and care for victims/survivors of any form of abuse, neglect, or violence, including human trafficking, Dignity Health has developed the PEARR Tool, in partnership with HEAL Trafficking and Pacific Survivor Center, to help guide social workers, nurses, and other professionals on how to provide assistance in a trauma-informed manner.
When caring for a patient, a health care provider can follow these steps:
- Provide privacy
- Respect & Respond
Click here for instructions on how to use the PEARR Tool.
The PEARR Tool is based on a universal education model which focuses on educating patients on abuse first, rather than conducting a screening in hopes of leading to patient disclosure and health care provider intervention. The goal is to have an informative and normalizing conversation with patients in order to create the context and opportunity for them to connect and share their own experiences. Providing universal education to patients about domestic violence (DV)/intimate partner violence (IPV) is an evidence-based best practice to prevent and intervene in situations of DV/IPV.
After caring for numerous patients who have exhibited indicators of human trafficking, Dignity Health staff have determined that universal education may be key in the prevention and intervention of many forms of abuse, neglect, and violence. We recommend providing universal education about various forms of abuse, neglect, and violence in all of our health care settings, particularly in settings that offer long-term care and services. For urgent and emergency care settings, a universal education approach may be most appropriate and effective when a patient presents with risk factors or indicators of victimization. In this case, the PEARR Tool offers guidance to health care professionals about how to provide education and assistance in a trauma-informed manner.
The SOAR eGuide is a companion to the series of SOAR trainings available to professionals through the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center. The eGuide is designed to:
- support organizations that implement a public health approach to address human trafficking and
- complement the work of other federal agencies (in the criminal justice, labor, and education sectors) that also address human trafficking.