Hospitals Against Violence

Our communities must work together to combat all forms of violence, now viewed as one of the major public health and safety issues throughout the country. Community action programs such as those being undertaken by our nation's hospitals and health systems (alone and with others) are needed now more than ever to help address violence and the toll it takes on our communities and hospital colleagues.

Explore this webpage for information on national, state and local efforts to help end violence in our communities, and to help hospital employees cope with the impact of violence, whether at home, on the job or in their neighborhoods. We welcome your thoughts and initiatives; email us at

Combating Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is an issue in nearly every corner of the country. Earlier this year, hospital and health system leaders, legal experts, advocates and survivors discussed how the hospital field could work together most effectively to combat human trafficking. The video to the ...

Workplace Violence

Hospitals and health systems are committed to continually making their communities and workplaces safer. Key to that is preventing violence within hospitals ensuring the safety of staff and patients. Through the Hospitals Against Violence initiative, AHA is highlighting successful progr...

Street and Gang Violence

Street and gang violence has become a major public health issue in the United States, especially in the inner city. Hospitals and health systems are not only on the front lines providing physical and psychological care to victims of senseless violence, but also are partnering with co...

#HAVhope Friday: Day of Awareness

#HAVhope Friday: National Day of Awareness unites hospitals, health systems, nurses, doctors and other professionals from across the country, as well the local and national organizations they work with, to combat violence through the use of digital media. #HAVhope will provide an...

Related Resources

Case Studies
Tenderloin Health Improvement Partnership: The Push to Advance Health and Safety in the Tenderloin - Printable PDFs
Webinar Recordings
Human Trafficking 101: Dispelling the Myths This presentation is t
Case Studies
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Hartford Hospital, and Trinity College, Hartford, CT Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance
Dignity Health releases human trafficking
Podcast recorded March 2017
News, magazine articles and other media insights related to street and gang violence