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 hospitalsagainstviolence@aha.org.

Combating Human Trafficking

New ICD-10-CM Coding for Human Trafficking  More resources for coding professionals  10 Red Flags That Your Patient Could Be A Victim of Trafficking Featured Resource: HHS's SOAR Online  More resources for identifying and assisting victims of human trafficking ...

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 successf...

Youth Violence Prevention

Youth violence is a significant public health problem that affects thousands of young people each day and in turn, their families, schools, and communities.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, youth violence can take different forms including fights, bu...

#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...

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