Citing an analogy used by those in public health fields, Tina Bloom explains that health providers wait on the banks of the river to rescue people who have fallen in and are drowning. But Bloom wants to help more and help earlier. “At some point, you start to think about what’s happening upriver,” she says. As an assistant professor in the Sinclair School of Nursing, her research focuses on safety planning for women in abusive relationships; specifically, she is designing and testing a website that might help women find ways to lessen their danger.
The new program is a revamped version of the original prototype that Bloom helped design in Oregon. With a high number of rural Missouri residents participating in the current project, Bloom is excited about the possibilities: “I hope we can show that this is particularly helpful for rural women who can’t get to other resources.”