Pamela DeWitt-Meza, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P
Pamela is a nurse, sexual assault nurse examiner, and the founder of Create Impact Consulting, a new business whose mission, based on hope and equity, is to equip healthcare to interrupt cycles of violence, abuse, and exploitation in order to end violence. Pamela received a March of Dimes Nurse of the Year award in 2015 and a Daisy Award for extraordinary nurses in 2012. She is currently on the Steering Committee of the Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force and serves on the Advisory Board of the Fourth Judicial District Domestic Fatality Review Team.
Bilingual in Spanish, Pamela has worked in the areas of forensic nursing, labor and delivery, perinatal education, parish nursing, grief and community outreach. After years of patient interactions and community involvement, she was led to develop The HOPE™ Approach: a strengths-based framework of interaction with patients at the intersection of health and all types of violence. This approach recognizes the effects of trauma on the whole person, and the need for dignity, respect, and autonomy, emphasizing positivity and hope at every intersection.
With a passion for justice and expertise in the dynamics of violence fueling her work and vision for patient care, Pamela is involved in anti-trafficking work groups in Minnesota, and has created an extensive network of support and professional multidisciplinary collaborations in the areas of healthcare, advocacy, law enforcement, legal systems, governmental agencies, NGOs, service providers as well as survivors who continually inform her work.
Pamela recently worked with the Minnesota Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians to develop and present trafficking content to regional and Minnesota emergency departments. She has extensive presentation experience to healthcare audiences, including the International Association of Forensic Nurses Conference (Puerto Rico) and the Toledo Prostitution, Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference (Toledo, Ohio).
Create Impact Consulting is a business she founded through her anti-violence work to provide expert education and consultation in the area of violence: patient-survivor dynamics, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, human trafficking, domestic violence, immigrant dynamics of abuse and forensic nursing.