#HAVhope Friday: Day of Awareness

On June 5, the fourth annual Hospitals Against Violence #HAVhope Friday takes place in the midst of nationwide mourning and protests against police brutality against black people. The tragic events that sparked these mass protests are but a few examples of the injustice and inequality that exist in our country. Read the AHA statement.

#HAVhope is a national day of awareness intended to highlight how communities come together to foster peace – and in communities across the country including those in the midst of unrest, our message has new urgency. In the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we witness Americans rising to the challenge, helping their neighbors and caring for friends, family and strangers. During these crises, we are mindful that, as places of healing, hospitals have an important role to play to be active community partners in the fight for equality to improve our communities. We believe that as a nation, we need to take this moment to hold up a mirror and look honestly at ourselves; then we need to engage in the hard but necessary work to make fundamental changes and address our society’s inequities. We need to develop and implement solutions that are transformative and lasting.

America’s hospitals and health systems condemn racism, bigotry, discrimination. We must denounce racists incidents when they occur, fight against institutional racism and acknowledge the pain our communities feel. #HAVhope Friday represents one of the many days ahead when we must recommit to these goals and our mission of creating healthy communities with respect and dignity for all. We stand with all Americans of all genders, ethnicities, races and sexualities to HAVE HOPE.

See below for activity from #HAVhope 2020.

Members in Action — Healing Communities

Case Study: Detroit Life Is Valuable Every Day (DLIVE)

Based out of Detroit Medical Center — Sinai-Grace Hospital with the Wayne State University Department of Emergency Medicine, Detroit Life is Valuable Everyday (DLIVE) was created to intervene and address the upstream factors that contribute to violence. DLIVE aims to reduce the likelihood of youth sustaining premature morbidity and mortality where homicide is the number one cause of death for Detroit residents ages 15 to 34.

Case Study: Healing Hurt People-Chicago - John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County

John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County 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.

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