The PurpLE Health Foundation, co-founded by Dr. Ravi, is based on her work founding and running the PurpLE (Purpose: Listen and Engage) Clinic from 2015 to 2019.  


The PurpLE Clinic 

The PurpLE Clinic, which operated at the Institute for Family Health in New York City, was created to serve as a primary medical home for people who have experienced human trafficking and other forms of trauma, including domestic violence and sexual assault. 

The clinic was designed with input from community partners and sex trafficked women incarcerated on Rikers Island.

Here are a few examples of the advice that helped shape the "PurpLE Model"of care:

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Over 300 people connected with the PurpLE Clinic for healthcare, including children and adults from the United States and abroad and people of all genders, insurance, housing and documentation statuses. Patients received a range of acute, chronic and preventative medical services, including: diabetes care, vaccinations, Pap smears, injury management, HIV care, LGBTQ+ care and routine physicals.

Along the way, PurpLE was featured in the press, and the clinic received several national accolades, including recognition from the US Health Resources and Services Administration “Promising Practice” in the care of people who have experienced domestic violence and human trafficking and grant funding from the Department of Justice.

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Running this specialized clinic within a larger healthcare setting had many benefits, but also revealed many ways in which the traditional healthcare system requires radical redesign to meet the needs of people who have experienced  chronic and sexual trauma. Here are a few examples of the complexities in care delivery unearthed at the clinic: 

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With a deeper understanding of the healthcare needs and barriers facing this population, the 

PurpLE Health Foundation was created to build on the momentum generated by the PurpLE Clinic and implement a reimagined healthcare delivery system for women and girls who have experienced gender-based violence, through a standalone health clinic.  You can learn more about PurpLE Health Foundation here.

* Thank you to the University of Pennsylvania's Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics for funding the research that propelled this work.

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