OAKLAND, CA (December 7, 2018) The National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs (NNHVIP), a national association of hospitals, individuals, and community agencies devoted to eradicating violence through trauma-informed approaches, has named Fatimah Loren Muhammad as its first Executive Director.
“Communities are looking for effective, equitable solutions to address community violence. As emergency room doctors, we see people suffer and we work in partnership with community leaders to heal and prevent future suffering,” Rochelle Dicker, MD, Board Chair of NNHVIP said. “A powerful national conversation has emerged framing violence as a public health issue, and, after eight years of incubation and remarkable growth as a project, NNHVIP is ready to scale our model and ensure this work is nurtured in communities all over the U.S. and internationally. The board is thrilled that Fatimah will lead this effort and we are confident that she will bring tenacity, thoughtfulness, and an equity lens to the organization.”
Muhammad comes to NNHVIP from Equal Justice USA, a national organization in which she was Deputy Director. As a psychotherapist, Muhammad has shared her expertise on trauma at a national level.
She has developed and led several trauma-informed initiatives focused on violence, most notably a trauma program that addresses police violence in communities of color. She is a recipient of the 2018 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leaders fellowship and will be focusing on health systems at Yale School of Management’s MBA for Executives.
“During NNHVIP’s national executive search, our team sought a candidate who understands trauma and our organizational culture and Fatimah delivers on all fronts,” Linnea Ashley, NNHVIP Managing Director said. “We particularly appreciate her respect and understanding that our deep relationships with those impacted by violence are the keys to our success. She has been a speaker at our annual conference and it’s clear she sees NNHVIP’s potential for expansion.”
Muhammad’s hiring comes as NNHVIP has been awarded a federal grant from the Office of Victims of Crime (OVC) focused on training and technical assistance for hospital-based victim services programs throughout the country.
“As an African American woman and a survivor raised in a community plagued by violence, I am deeply humbled to serve as NNHVIP’s first Executive Director. The network is comprised of very special servant- leaders who are on the cutting edge of prevention and health equity,” Muhammad said. “Together, we are boldly asking how we can heal ourselves and create new conditions for community thriving. Violence is not inevitable; it is a shadow we can transform with our light.”