University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Dr. JoNell E. Potter is a Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine with joint appointments in the Department of Pediatrics and School of Nursing and Health Studies. Presently, she serves as Vice Chair for Research, Chief of the Women’s HIV Service and Director/Principal Investigator for the THRIVE Clinic. Research has been an integral part of her academic career, and she has contributed to several influential studies over the past three decades that have transformed therapeutic and health practices for women. She has over 30 years of clinical and research expertise and has designed and directed innovative programs to serve the unique medical and psychosocial needs of low income, minority women, to improve care and treatment over their lifespan. As a mentor for the Health Law Pathway for medical and law students, Dr. Potter first became aware of the growing issues related to human trafficking in South Florida. Working closely with Homeland Security Investigations, the Florida State Attorney’s Office and local law enforcement, Dr. Potter used her expertise in building models of care and expansive multidisciplinary network of key stakeholders in the community to design a trauma-informed, survivor-centered model of health care for human trafficking survivors. As a result, THRIVE Clinic was funded in 2016 by the Department of Justice to provide ongoing medical and mental health services for human trafficking survivors and is becoming a nationally recognized model around the country.
Friday, November 15
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM