History

MISSION: Strengthen existing hospital-based violence intervention programs and help develop similar programs in communities across the country.

The Emergence of a Network

2010 Symposium

Youth ALIVE!, a non-profit, public health agency based in Oakland, CA, established one of the first hospital-based violence intervention programs, Caught in the Crossfire, in 1994. In March 2009, Youth ALIVE! convened the first-ever National Symposium of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs in Oakland, California. Funded by Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California Community Benefit Programs, the symposium brought together 30 medical directors, program directors, board chairs, and clinicians from all across the country to begin a dialogue on the key components and best practices of successful hospital-based intervention. At the end of the two days, the National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs (NNHVIP) was born.

 

Violence is preventable, and trauma centers and emergency rooms have a golden moment of opportunity at the hospital bedside to engage with a victim of violence and to stop the cycle of violence. The Network’s purpose is to strengthen existing programs and help develop similar programs in communities across the country.

NNHVIP programs are dedicated to engaging patients during the window of opportunity when they are recovering in the hospital after a violent injury, to reduce the chance of retaliation and recurrence.

Through working groups, meetings, e-newsletter and conferences, Network members collaborate in research and evaluation, explore opportunities for funding sustainability, develop and share best practices, and identify ways to collectively have an impact on policy.

Network members – including front lines staff, trauma surgeons, program directors, researchers, medical directors, and others  – share their experiences, data and perspectives and create strategies for effective responses to violence.