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How Trauma Affects Quality of Care and Quality of Life

I've Been Where You Are.


I've been in training and education for over 20 years, and more than half of that time as been in abuse education. But after I had my daughter,  it occurred to me that I had never seen any research that spoke to how sexual abuse might impact survivors in sexual and reproductive health. There was some out there but not much. From that point on, I knew that I needed to help not only survivors better understand how their past trauma might come back but also get the information to the professionals who deal with survivors' sexual and reproductive health.

Today, I'm a researcher, advocate and educator on a mission. I help healthcare providers understand how patient trauma impacts quality of care as well as provider quality of life. And I love to help clients shrink stress, reduce attrition and feel more effective with even the most challenging patients or groups.

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To Your Good Work,



Elizabeth M. Johnson, MA is the founder & owner of Spark Equity, a boutique consulting and training firm based in Durham, North Carolina. Formerly know as Outside The Mom Box, Spark Equity specializes in helping providers understand how patient trauma impacts quality of care as well as their own quality of life. 

Building on her career in coaching, crisis counseling and 20 years in training and education, Elizabeth works with clients to:

  • gain greater competence with sensitive subjects
  • minimize stress
  • acquire specialized knowledge
  • implement practical, time-saving strategies

Elizabeth chose the name "Spark Equity" as a way to shed light on the both the prevalence of sexual abuse, the inequities that survivors face and how to help healthcare providers bridge the gap between both and feel more successful at work while doing so.

Head to Elizabeth's LinkedIn profile for testimonials, complete professional background and articles.

The people who are the most successful in changing outcomes create connection, not offer perfection.
— Elizabeth M. Johnson