The Hospitals Against Violence (HAV) initiative exists to share examples and best practices with the field about workplace and community violence. By enhancing public awareness via our #HAVHope social media campaign, developing tools and resources and sharing the best practices of our member hospitals and health systems with the field, HAV supports AHA members in addressing all types of workplace violence and community violence in their organizations and in their communities.
HAV’s work is guided by the Building a Safe Workplace and Community Framework, which identifies four essential domains that hospital and health system leaders should consider as they address issues of violence in their workplaces. These include mitigate risk, trauma support, culture of safety and violence intervention.
Building a Safe Workplace
and Community Framework
Mitigating the Risk of Violence
The American Hospital Association’s Hospitals Against Violence (HAV) initiative hosted the American Society for Health Care Risk Management (ASHRM) for a facilitated dialogue to explore challenges and current strategies to mitigate the risk of violence. The discussion fostered an exchange of ideas and solutions that informed this issue brief and accompanying case studies.
Providing Trauma Support to Your Workforce Following an Incident or Threat of Violence
This issue brief examines trauma support for hospital and health system team members. It was developed from discussions the HAV Advisory Group had with the Medical University of South Carolina’s National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center (NMVVRC) team about the challenges and opportunities to provide trauma support to health care workers following an incident or threat of violence.