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2018 Healing Justice Alliance Conference

The Healing Justice Alliance Conference is the annual conference of the National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs (NNHVIP), Cure Violence replication sites, and other health-based approaches to ending urban violence and supporting survivors. We invite you to join public officials, gang intervention workers, doctors, nurses, social workers, service providers, violence interrupters, administrators, researchers, Allphilanthropists and community members – all committed to interrupting the cycle of violence and providing healing.

Theme: Historical Trauma: Treating the Symptom, Healing the Root

The Curtis Hotel
September 12-14, 2018
Denver, Colorado

Registration is sold out. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please contact Kristin Bray, 



September 12, 2018: Working group meetings & pre-conference activities

September 13-14, 2018: Conference and workshops, including daylong workshop with Joy DeGruy

For 2018 Agenda, click here
For photos from 2017 HJA Conference, click here
For conference graphic report, click here


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Joy DeGruy 

Dr. Joy DeGruy is a nationally and internationally renowned researcher, educator, author and presenter. She is an ambassador for healing and a voice for those who’ve struggled in search of the past, and continue to struggle through the present. Dr. Joy is the acclaimed author of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome — America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing,  Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: The Study Guide, with a second book in the works, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome Part 2: Be The Healing.

Dr. DeGruy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications; two master degrees in Social Work and Clinical Psychology; and a PhD in Social Work Research. With over twenty years of practical experience as a professional in the field of social work, she gives a practical insight into various cultural and ethnic groups that form the basis of contemporary American society.


Closing Speaker: Francisco Cisco Gallardo

Cisco founded and published two positive barrio youth-oriented magazines and founded the non-profit organization Barrio Warriors de Aztlan which dealt with Chicano issues in the political sphere.

Cisco is currently the Program Director of the Gang Rescue and Support Project (GRASP). GRASP is a non-profit gang-intervention and leadership project that works with Denver-area youth involved in the gang lifestyle. He has also spoken at national and international conferences. He serves in advisory and consultative roles throughout the nation has been active in the Denver area for over 26 years.


Hotel Reservations

All hotel reservations are currently booked. Please make accommodations at other nearby hotels in Downtown Denver area.


We would like to thank our sponsors who without their generous support, this conference would not be possible.



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Kaiser Permanente

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John Muir Health 

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Brigham and Women’s Hospital

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The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

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The Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation

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Youth ALIVE!

Cure Violence

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Cardan Capital Partners

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Denver Health

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The California Endowment

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The University of Colorado School of Medicine

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2017 Healing Justice Alliance Annual Conference

September 24-27, 2017 

Inter Continental Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Hotel Reservations: Rooms at the InterContinental are currently sold out. If you haven’t booked your stay, please book with Hyatt Regency Milwaukee now, which offers rooms at a comparable rate and is a few blocks from InterContinental. Rooms are limited so we advise you to book ASAP. 

Healing Justice Alliance 2017 CME Statements FINAL.docx

CME ($100): 42.75 Hours

CE ($75): 11.7 social work hours

September 24, 2017: Pre-Conference networking, food, drinks and tour of Milwaukee

September 25-26, 2017: Conference and workshops

Milwaukee Brewers vs. Cincinnati Reds: Free tickets available on first come, first serve basis. Tickets will be available at registration desk

September 27, 2017: Post-Conference workshops and SMSV Grantee Meeting

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 Keynote Speaker: Jerry Tello 

Jerry Tello is an internationally recognized authority in family strengthening, therapeutic healing, cross cultural issues and motivational speaking. As a noted therapist, author, performer and program developer, over the last 30 years Mr Tello has incorporated his real life experience, together with research based knowledge and indigenous cultural based teachings to engage all in a reality-based healing and growth-inspiring experience. He is the author of children’s books, professional publications, culturally based curriculums and inspirational CD’s and DVD’s. Mr Tello has received numerous awards including the Ambassador of Peace award and Presidential Crime Victims Service award.

Keynote Speaker: Thea James

Dr. James is Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, VP of Mission and Associate Chief Medical Officer at Boston Medical Center and Director of the Violence Intervention Advocacy Program there. She is a founding member of the National Network of Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Advocacy Programs. In 2011, Dr. James was appointed to Attorney General Eric Holder’s National Task Force On Children Exposed To Violence. She was the 2014 recipient of the Schwartz Center Compassionate Care Award.

Dr. James’ passion is in Public Health both domestically and globally. She is a Supervising Medical Officer on the Boston Disaster Medical Assistance Team (MA-1 DMAT), under the Department of Health and Human Services. She has deployed to New York City post 911, New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Bam, Iran after the earthquake in 2003 and Port-Au-Prince Haiti after the earthquake of 2010.

As the VP of Mission, Dr. James will work closely with the wide range of programs and agencies that partner with BMC to meet the full spectrum of our patients’ needs, with a goal of improving coordination and fostering innovative and effective new models of care. Working with caregivers throughout BMC, she will have primary responsibility for coordinating and maximizing BMC’s relationships and strategic alliances with organizations including community agencies, housing advocates, community mental health providers, as well as substance abuse and violence prevention programs. As essential as these services are to our patients today, integrating them into our clinical care model will be critical as we assume responsibility for managing the health of the population in our system.

Presenter: Dr. David Satcher

Dr. David Satcher served as the 10th Assistant Secretary for Health and 16th surgeon general of the United States under the Clinton Administration. After leaving his post as surgeon general, Dr. Satcher became the director of the National Center for Primary Care at the Morehouse School of Medicine. He stepped in to serve as the president of the medical school two years later. Dr. Satcher created the Satcher Health Leadership Institute in 2006. The institute is part of the Morehouse School of Medicine. He serves as its director, overseeing programs on sexual health, disease prevention, mental health and the health needs of underserved communities. Satcher is also the author of the 2005 clinical guide Multicultural Medicine and Health Disparities. 

Pre-Conference Networking Fun Day ($95)

12:30PM Pick Up InterContinental Hotel

  • Harley Davidson Museum
  • Milwaukee Art Museum
  • Milwaukee Lakefront
  • Cathedral Square
  • Milwaukee Public Market
  • Polonez Restaurant
  • Leon’s Custard

6pm & 7pm Pick Up to Hotel

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We would like to thank our sponsors who without their generous support, this conference would not be possible.

HEROES $15,000 – $24,999


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The Annie E. Casey Foundation

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LEADERS $10,000 – $14,999

Kaiser Permanente

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ADVOCATES $5,000 – $9,999

Raynes McCarty Trial and Appellate Lawyers

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The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

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Youth ALIVE!

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AmeriHealth Caritas

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Cure Violence

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The Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation

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PATRONS $2,500 – $4,999

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

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Boston Medical Center

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City of Milwaukee Health Department, Office of Violence Prevention 

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Healing Justice Alliance Annual Conference • August 22-24, 2016 • Baltimore, MD

CME and CEC available for purchase with registration*

Registration is Now Closed

Thank you for your interest in the conference! We have sold out! To get on the waiting list, please contact

We are proud to announce that registration for the 2016 Healing Justice Alliance Annual Conference is now open! Early bird registration is open until June 15th.

The conference will bring together the top experts and experience in the field of violence prevention. We will meet in the beautiful city of Baltimore, MD from August 22-24. In addition to the formal conference, the Healing Justice Alliance is offering two opportunities to participate. Please see below for more information.

The theme of this year’s conference is, “Building a Community of Healers: Healing the Wounds of Violence and Injustice.” We hope that you can join us for this amazing event and look forward to building with you!

*The number of CME/CEC hours has not yet been confirmed

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Keynote Speaker: Benjamin Jealous


Benjamin Jealous served as the youngest-ever national leader of the NAACP, and earned accolades for reviving the organization by Forbes magazine, Time magazine, The Nonprofit Times, and others. In 2013, The Washington Post described him as “one of the nation’s most prominent civil rights leaders.” He is currently a partner at Kapor Capital, Board Chairman of the Southern Elections Fund and one of the John L. Weinberg/Goldman Sachs Visiting Professors at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School.

Conference Agenda

The Healing Justice Alliance conference will take place in three parts:

  • August 21: Pre-conference Networking Activities This social excursion is an opportunity to relax and meet colleagues in a less formal environment.
  • August 22-23: Conference – The 2016 conference boasts a wide variety of leaders striving to reduce violence in their communities.
  • August 24: Post-conference Workshops These additional trainings provide an opportunity for more focused learning on specific topics.

For the full conference program, click here. (Updated August 9, 2016)

Speaker Bios

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia designates this live activity for a maximum of 17.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) (TM). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This content presented at the 2016 Healing Justice Alliance Annual Conference meets the criteria for 17.0 Hours/Cultural Competency Category 1 CME.


This conference has been approved for 13 continuing education hours through co-sponsorship of Temple University Harrisburg, a PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselor pre-approved provider of continuing education.  These credit hours satisfy requirements for LSW/LCSW/LMFT/LPC biennial license renewal. Certificates of attendance documenting continuing education hours will be issued by Temple University Harrisburg.

Hotel Information

Hilton Baltimore – Click here to make a reservation

The Hilton Baltimore is the official 2016 conference venue and hotel.

A special Conference Guest Package is available to conference attendees. The $179 rate (plus 15.5% tax) is for either single or double occupancy, and includes in room wi-fi, access to the hotel pool, fitness center and sauna, and a hot breakfast buffet coupon for registered conference attendees on Monday and Tuesday, August 22 and 23 and registered Workshop attendees on Wednesday, August 24, 2016.

A government rate for $168 per night (plus taxes) is also available and includes the same amenities.

These discounted rates are available until July 30, 2016 and require a deposit equal to one night’s stay. Cancellations are allowed and deposits are refundable until 3 days prior to arrival. See terms online.

To book via phone, call 1-800-HILTONS and reference the applicable group code below:

  • NNH”  (General Registrants)
  • NNHG” (Government Employees with Government Identification)

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Awards and Scholarships

Willis Young Memorial Award

At the 2016 Conference, we will honor the inaugural recipient of the Willis Young Memorial Award for outstanding work on the frontline of a hospital-based violence intervention program. The honor is given to a person who is committed and passionate in the effort to break the cycle of violence and promotes healing in communities where violent injuries occur. Nominations are currently being accepted.

Young Leader Scholarship

Young people affected by violence are a critical voice that we seek to lift up in our work, to ensure that we are truly building a community of healers that reflects the population we serve. To ensure that young people’s voices are included, the Healing Justice Alliance is offering scholarships for young people affected by violence to travel to, and participate in, this year’s conference in Baltimore, MD.

Scholarship Winners

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This conference would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors.


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For a Recap of the 2015 Conference, Click here for the graphical report.

*with pre-conference events on September 27th

Conference location:

The California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities

1000 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

This year’s conference theme is:

“Healing is Justice: Helping Systems of Care Promote Equity”

Information about past conferences can be found here.

Click here for CEC and CME registration, final day September 25th, Noon PST

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Presenter Biographies



Our Sponsors:

Champions: $20,000 and up:


The California Endowment

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Heroes: $10,000-$19,999:


The California Wellness Foundation

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The Jacob & Valeria Langeloth Foundation

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Leaders: $5,000-$9,999:


Kaiser Permanente, Community Benefit





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Advocates: $2,500-$4,999

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Keynote Speakers:

J Nadine GraciaJ. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE

Dr. J. Nadine Gracia is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and the Director of the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Office of Minority Health is dedicated to improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities. Under Dr. Gracia’s leadership, the Office of Minority Health oversees the implementation of the HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities and the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities.

A pediatrician with epidemiology training, Dr. Gracia previously served as Chief Medical Officer for the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health. Dr. Gracia is a former White House Fellow, serving at HHS in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health and the Office of the Secretary. She also served as a policy advisor in the Office of the First Lady, assisting in the development of the Let’s Move! initiative to solve childhood obesity.



Father Greg Boyle 2Father Greg Boyle

Father Boyle is the founder and Executive Director of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the United States, now in its 25th year. His dedication to finding a place for all in our society brought him to the Boyle Heights community of East Los Angeles, where he served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church, from 1986 through 1992.

It was there that Father Greg started what would become Homeboy Industries, a nonprofit organization that employs and trains more than 300 former gang-members every year in seven social enterprises. Homeboy Industries also provides critical services to the 12,000 people who walk through the doors every year seeking a better life.

Father Greg is the author of the NY Times bestselling book, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.


“Healing, Safety, and Restorative Justice: Partnerships for Violence Intervention”

September 25-26, 2013

National Museum of American Jewish History
101 South Independence Mall East
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106



Please click here to view photos from the conference. All photographs are by Michael Arrison Photography.


Please click here for the agenda.

For more information, please contact our Conference Planners, Fleischman, Gerber & Associates, by phone at: (215) 735-7356 or by e-mail at:


About the Conference

The 5th Annual NNHVIP National Conference will be held on September 25 -26, 2013 in Philadelphia, PA. The focus of this year’s conference is: “Healing, Safety, and Restorative Justice: System Partnerships for Violence Intervention,” as we expand our audience to welcome our partners in the mental health and justice sectors in working towards our common goal of violence intervention. Goals of the conference include:

  • Provide a forum to bring together hospital and community-based healthcare, mental health and justice system service providers, policy makers, and researchers with a vested interest in developing and strengthening hospital-based violence intervention programs and cross-sector violence prevention efforts.
  • Offer a platform for invited Keynote and Plenary Session speakers who have a vested interest in violence prevention and intervention and have advocated for increased recognition of this vulnerable population and improved access to services.
  • Focus on strategies to address the psychological trauma of violence which often goes unaddressed in healthcare settings. This trauma may impede the recovery processes and can increase risk for both re-injury, retaliation and death.
  • Provide information, feedback and national visibility for a trauma-informed approach that addresses the needs of victims of violence, particularly young males of color.
  • Provide a venue for collectively identifying, prioritizing and discussing the trauma-related service barriers affecting youth victims of violence, particularly young males of color.
  • Offer workshops facilitated by the Network’s Research, Policy, and Workforce Development Workgroups, which will meet the needs of both program directors, administrators and frontline staff.

Target Audience

  • Emergency Medicine and Primary Care Physicians, Psychiatrists, Pediatricians,Trauma Surgeons, Social Workers, Nurses
  • Leadership and Line Staff from existing hospital-based programs
  • Representatives, including hospital administrators, nonprofit leaders, of organizations considering starting up a program
  • Local and national organizations, policy makers, researchers, and funders interested in partnering with and supporting hospital-based violence intervention programs.
  • Lawyers, Law Enforcement and Child Advocates
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Community Health Education Specialists

Learning Objectives

After attending the course participants will be able to:

  • Describe trauma-informed practice for victims of violence;
  • Discuss strategies to address psychological trauma of violence in healthcare, mental health and justice settings;
  • Summarize the data collected on injured youth to improve health outcomes and evidence for hospital-based violence intervention programs;
  • Describe how trauma influences biology and human behavior;
  • Apply trauma-informed practices to patients who have experienced interpersonal violence to decrease their likelihood of developing chronic diseases;
  • Explain how hospital-based violence intervention programs improve well-being of the intentionally injured patient.


Accreditation Statement

This activity was planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of Drexel University College of Medicine and the National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs (NNHVIP). The Drexel University College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Designation Statement: The Drexel University College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 11 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) (TM). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AOA: This program is eligible for 11credits in Category 2A of the American Osteopathic Association.

ABA: This program is eligible for 11.5 credits

CHES: This program is eligible for Track 1 and 4 only for 7.5 credit hours

CLE:This program is eligible for 8.5 credit hours

PA Board of Nursing:This program is eligible for 11.5 credit hours

CPH:This program is eligible for 11.5 credit hours


Faculty Disclosure Statement

It is the policy of Drexel University College of Medicine to insure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all its sponsored educational programs. Speakers at continuing medical education activities are required to disclose to the audience their financial relationships with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial products, goods or services related to the subject matter of the program topic. Any conflicts of interest must be resolved prior to the presentation and announced to the audience. The intent of this disclosure is to allow participants to form their own judgments about the educational content of this activity and determine whether the speaker’s commercial interests influenced the presentation. In addition, speakers are required to openly disclose any off-label, experimental, or investigational use of drugs or devices discussed in their presentation.

Disclosures for all speakers were announced prior to presentations and included in the program syllabus.



This program is funded by educational grants from the U. S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime, Drexel University and Drexel University College of Medicine.

We also wish to acknowledge the generous support of and thank Advocate Christ Medical Center, The California Endowment, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Public Health Training Center.


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