AHA Members in Action

Youth Violence Prevention

Detroit Medical Center – Sinai-Grace Hospital, Detroit, MI – Detroit Life is Valuable Everyday is a hospital-based violence-intervention program targeting patients ages 14 to 30 who are survivors of intentional community violence. (July 2018)

John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County and The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital – Healing Hurt People-Chicago is a hospital-based violence intervention program. (February 2018)

Sinai Hospital of Baltimore – The Kujichagulia Center targets and engages the most at-risk youth and young men – especially those with histories in street violence – with intensive services including life skills, mentoring, and workforce development programs to create transformative long-term change and personal growth. (February 2018)

UMass Memorial Medical Center – Building Brighter Futures with Youth is a youth jobs development initiative to provide summer employment to inner-city youth. (February 2018)

UMass Memorial Medical Center – Recreation Worcester provides inner-city youth with free, supervised recreational activities at 10 neighborhood sites after school and during the summer months. (February 2018)

ProMedica – Summer Youth Employment is a program that provides meaningful opportunities for Toledo youth during the summer months. (February 2018)

ProMedica – Teen PEP (Peers Educating Peers) is a primary abuse-prevention program that focuses on rape and sexual-violence prevention education as well as teen dating violence and bullying prevention. (February 2018)

Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines – Girl Power is an innovative violence-prevention initiative serving young women ages 12 to 18. (June 2017)

Hahnemann University Hospital – Healing Hurt People (HHP), the cornerstone program of the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice, offers a hospital-based trauma-informed intervention to address both the psychological and physical wounds of trauma among clients who are seen in the emergency department for intentional injuries (gunshot, stab, or assault wounds). (November 2016)

John Muir Health – Beyond Violence is a hospital-based violence intervention program that aims to promote community health by intervening at the critical and teachable moment immediately following hospitalization when retaliation is most common. (November 2016)

Saint Anthony Hospital – Adults and Children Together (ACT) Against Violence is an education series developed by the American Psychological Association for parents of children under age eight to promote parents raising safe kids. The goal of the 10-week series is to strengthen families by teaching positive parenting techniques and creating safe, nurturing, and healthy environments to protect children from violence. (September 2016)

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin - Project Ujima is a multidisciplinary collaboration addressing youth and adult violence in Milwaukee using individual, family and community intervention and prevention strategies. (January 2016)

Community Building

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Hartford Hospital, and Trinity College, Hartford, CT – Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance is a multi-anchor partnership between Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Hartford Hospital, and Trinity College that offers a wide range of programs in an effort to improve the neighborhoods of south central Hartford. (May 2018)

Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, San Francisco, CA – Tenderloin Health Improvement Partnership is a multi-sector collective impact partnership committed to improving health and well-being in the Tenderloin by aligning priorities, resources and activities to create pathways to health for residents. (May 2018)

Ouachita County Medical Center – Anti-Bullying: Rachel’s Challenge is a program with the goal of inspiring and equipping every person with the ability to create a permanent positive change not only in themselves, but in their schools, businesses and communities. (May 2017)

Ascension – Healthy Neighborhoods Detroit (HND) was created in 2008 to begin addressing social determinants of health at a neighborhood level. HND opened its first Neighborhood Health & Safety Office on a former hospital campus. (August 2016)

Ascension - Lourdes Youth & Family Services offers many prevention and intervention programs designed to suit the needs of the community’s youth and their families. (August 2016)

The MetroHealth System - Let the Youth Lead the Way engages youth in Cleveland’s Slavic Village neighborhood to become active participants in their community. The project encourages youth to take ownership of their community and establish relationships with adults in their neighborhood by working together on community projects. (May 2016)

Harborview Medical Center - Gun Violence Initiative is testing an innovative approach to gun violence patterned on alcohol and substance abuse interventions. After clinical staff treat patients’ gunshot wounds, social workers interview them and begin to address high-risk behaviors. (January 2016)

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