Chair of Family Medicine appointed to Human Trafficking Commission

BUIES CREEK, North Carolina – Charlotte Paolini DO, CAQ Geriatrics, is the Chair of Family Medicine at Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine.  The Board of Trustees of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations (CMDA) ratified her appointment to the CMDA Human Trafficking Commission at their January 2016 meeting.

Dr. Paolini was voted to be on the Human Trafficking Commission by her fellow CMDA Board of Trustee members.  The Commission is among several CMDA subgroups, and each is charged with providing presentations to healthcare providers who are CMDA members at annual conferences and sharing information with the state and local chapters about their respective topics.  The Commission meets three times annually, and Dr. Paolini will serve as a member for two years.

Dr. Paolini was named to the CMDA Board of Trustees shortly after joining the founding Campbell medical faculty in 2012.  She learned about the Human Trafficking Commission at a CMDA meeting through a fellow member who serves on the commission and works in human trafficking healthcare and ministry in Honduras.  Paolini is pleased to have the opportunity to serve on the Commission and educate fellow healthcare providers about this international issue.

“I am thrilled to be on commission,” said Paolini.  “I look forward to contributing to the presentations at CMDA annual meetings that equip physicians to be advocates who can then become passionately and actively involved in educating others about human trafficking and provide the requisite care to victims internationally.”

The CMDA Annual Conference is hosted in April in Ridgecrest, North Carolina.

“There is a ton of education material at the annual convention,” shared Paolini.  “It is important for all of us to understand human trafficking is not just active in third-world countries – it is right here in our communities – and healthcare providers must know how to properly identify and effectively treat victims.  There is a lot we can do on the local level, and I look forward to finding a place for Campbell to get involved.”

As Chair of Family Medicine at Campbell, Dr. Paolini is involved in teaching for clinical skills, osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM), and various clinical topics as needed.  She is also responsible for working with healthcare facilities regarding third and fourth year family medicine clinical rotations and is developing the fourth year geriatrics rotation.  Dr. Paolini is part of the Campbell University Health Center physician staff and is a regular volunteer at the Campbell Community Care Clinic.  Before joining the Campbell medical school faculty, she worked at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Dr. Paolini is board certified in Family Practice and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Geriatrics.