Safe Harbor MDH Training

Serving Survivors of Human Trafficking in Health Care Settings: A New Training from MDH Safe Harbor

Human trafficking survivors experience trauma and have unique needs in health care settings. A new online course from the Minnesota Department of Health Safe Harbor Program, Serving Survivors of Human Trafficking in Health Care Settings, teaches heath care professionals how to identify survivors of human trafficking and provide trauma-responsive care.

The training is ideal for health care professionals working in many settings, including emergency room departments, community clinics, and other health care settings. It was created with input from healthcare providers and subject matter experts.

The course consists of six consecutive modules, each around 15 minutes or less, and can be completed on your own time. While all modules should be completed in order, they do not need to be completed all at once. The course is free.

For more information: Safe Harbor Health Care Worker Training

Access the training through the MDH eLearning center. Once logged in, use the search feature to search for the training.

Course Modules:

  • Overview and Dynamics of Trafficking and Exploitation.
  • Indicators of Trafficking and Exploitation
  • Assessment of Survivors of Trafficking
  • Survivor-Informed Response for Health Care Providers with Coaching Companion
  • Services, Resources, and Considerations
  • ICD-10-CM Coding

This training will help participants understand the dynamics of human trafficking, recognize the signs of human trafficking, and support survivors in receiving health care. They will also be introduced to human trafficking survivor resources and the importance of coding human trafficking cases.


Caroline Palmer, JD (she/her/hers)

Safe Harbor Director | Violence Prevention Programs Unit

Injury & Violence Prevention Section

Minnesota Department of Health

Office: 651-201-5492  |  Mobile: 612-978-1936

Golden Rule Building

85 E. 7th Pl.

PO Box 64882

St. Paul, MN 55164-0882