Session 4G: Strengthening CAC-Military Partnerships: Lessons from San Diego
Track: Advocacy and Communications
We'll explore the partnership between Palomar Health's CAC and Camp Pendleton in San Diego County--its successes and challenges--and discuss strategies for enhancing CAC-military partnerships, the challenges military families face, and how CACs can specialize their services for military-affiliated families.
Program Case Coordinator
SART/Child Abuse Program, Forensic Health Services
Anna Ginther is a Program Case Coordinator at the SART/Child Abuse Program within Palomar Health’s Forensic Health Services. She began her work in the field of sexual, intimate partner, and family violence as a rape crisis counselor at Bay Area Women Against Rape in Oakland, CA while completing her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley. Additionally, she studied Early Development and Learning Science at UC Berkeley’s Institute of Human Development where she researched methods in childhood sexual abuse prevention in the United States.
In her current position at Palomar Health’s Forensic Health Services, she provides case management and advocacy services to victimized children and families in North County San Diego. She specializes in working with military-affiliated families, commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC), victims of human trafficking, and children exposed to or subjects of sexual abuse material (CSAM).
Outside of Palomar Health, she is the co-chair of the Health Subcommittee of the San Diego Regional Human Trafficking and CSEC Advisory Council, whose mission is to improve the response in healthcare to human trafficking in the local community and beyond.
Michelle Shores, RN, MSN, MBA-HC, CEN, SANE-A, SANE-P
Director of Forensic Health Services
Palomar Health Child Abuse Program, Escondido, CA
Michelle Shores is a forensic nurse examiner and the Program Director for Palomar Health Forensic Services in San Diego County, and on occasion she works as a forensic nurse in Riverside County for Forensic Nurses of SoCal. The Forensic Health Services program in San Diego is a nationally accredited child advocacy center that provides acute care services to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Michelle is 1 of 19 certified pediatric sexual assault nurses and 1 of 50 certified adolescent/adult sexual assault nurse examiners in the state of California. Michelle graduated with her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2005 and began working as an emergency department trauma nurse in 2006. In 2012, Michelle earned master’s degrees in nursing and in business. Michelle was a clinical nursing instructor, is a certified emergency nurse, International Association of Forensic Nurse Board certified SANE-A (adolescent/adult) and SANE-P (pediatrics) and a certified trauma nurse instructor (TNCC). She has been a long standing member of the International Association for Forensic Nursing and is vice president for the southern California chapter, a member of the Academy of Forensic Nursing, and has worked as a forensic nurse for over seven years. She is the 2017 winner on the San Diego County SART with a HEART Award, the 2018 Riverside County SART Nurse of the Year award, the 2018 San Diego Domestic Violence Council Lifetime Achievement award, and the November 2018 CARE award that recognized her as a leader in the community and excellence as a forensic nurs