John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County and The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital | Chicago, IL
Chicago saw a spike in violent crime during the past few years, with an all-time high of 771 homicides and 3,550 shootings occurring in 2016. In 2017, those rates decreased, but at 650 homicides and 2,785 shootings, the city still exceeded the number of killings in New York City and Los Angeles combined. In addition, a high percentage of those violent crimes took place on Chicago’s West Side, where John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County is located.
In August 2013, Stroger Hospital collaborated with The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital and the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice at Drexel University in Philadelphia to launch Healing Hurt People-Chicago (HHP-C), a hospital-based violence intervention program. Through assessment, psycho-education, intensive case management, group therapy and mentoring, HHP-C helps youth who have been violently injured heal both physically and emotionally.