Healing Hurt People
Healing Hurt People (HHP) is the cornerstone project of the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice, based out of the Drexel University School of Public Health. HHP is a community-focused, hospital-based program designed to reduce reinjury and retaliation among youth ages 8-30. The program was initiated by the Emergency Department at Hahnemann University Hospital and the Drexel University College of Medicine. It has since expanded to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, and we are now establishing a site at Temple University Hospital.
HHP works with clients who are seen in an emergency department for intentional injuries (gunshot, stab, or assault wounds). Often, individuals who have been violently injured have reported that while in the emergency department, their thoughts are to either change their way of life or to retaliate. Most often these youth return, without any supports, to the hostile environment in which they were injured. Healing Hurt People uses a trauma-informed approach to capitalize on this potentially life-changing moment and address the needs of these youth by providing connection to resources such as:
- Medical follow-up
- Emotional support for post-traumatic stress
- Working with schools to help students affected by school violence
- Substance abuse treatment
- Legal services
- After-school program referral
- Job training and placement
- Parenting education and support
Through the Healing Hurt People program, a prototype for other level 1 trauma centers in urban settings may emerge so that victims of violence may heal in a comprehensive and compassionate manner. In this way, a “Best Practice” model may be developed that outlines the approach and steps to creating similar programs across the country.