Of those treated for non-fatal assault-related injuries in Philadelphia hospital emergency rooms, over 40% will be shot again in the next 5 years, and 20% will be dead in that time. Healing Hurt People (HHP) is a program that aims to disrupt this disturbing trend.
HHP is a hospital-based program of the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice. Associated with Hahnemann University Hospital and the Drexel University College of Medicine, and a member of the National Network of Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Programs, HHP works with young people (ages 8-30) brought into the emergency department (ED) for gunshot, stabbing, or other assault wounds to ensure that they get appropriate care and rehabilitation. The goal of the program is to prevent post-traumatic stress and retaliatory violence amongst both victims and perpetrators of violent crime. In the video below, program director and Stoneleigh Fellow Dr. Theodore Corbin discusses the innovative, community-focused initiative.