Healing Hurt People (HHP) is designed to reduce recidivism among youth aged 15-30 seen in emergency departments for violence-related injuries. HHP is a project of Drexel University College of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine-Hahnemann University Hospital and Drexel University School of Public Health’s Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice.
The Center uses a broad range of tactics in its work, including:
- Trainings for direct service providers, mental health therapists, policymakers, elected officials and community members
- Innovative programs aimed at healthcare institutions and community-based organizations
- Advocacy for policy change
- Community-based, multi-method research.
HHP follows a trauma-informed approach, which looks at the trauma that the patient has dealt with over the course of many years or even a lifetime. The program strives to shift the way that health care addresses the needs of young victims of violence, moving from a criminal justice concern to a public health perspective.