Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia introduces new Violence Prevention Initiative

8574_violence_prevention_booklet_cover_shrunk_med_0Violence is a public health epidemic in the U.S., with significant consequences for young people, according to the new Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), which reports that more than 40 percent of kids in the U.S. are exposed to some form of violence.

A small group of community, state and local leaders gathered Tuesday evening at CHOP’s Abramson Pediatric Research Center for an “Evening with the Experts,” introducing the new VPI program with a series of round-table discussions focused on reducing the toll violence takes on families and communities in Philadelphia and beyond.

Dozens of CHOP violence prevention experts, with participants from patient families and the Philadelphia School District, provided an in-depth look at CHOP’s approach to violence prevention.

The VPI initiative at CHOP is a new, hospital-wide effort to interrupt the cycle of violence, building on years of hospital and community partnership and research. Through the practice of trauma-informed care, recognizing that traumatic experiences affect how people respond, CHOP’s VPI hopes to become a national model for hospital-led youth violence prevention.

Experts led discussions on topics including:

  • Partnering with Schools for Bullying Prevention
  • Intervening for the Assault-injured Youth
  • Practicing Trauma-informed Care at CHOP, and…
  • Saving Lives: Guns, Research, and Policy

Poor physical, emotional and developmental health can result in long-term physiologic and brain changes, school failure, drug abuse and delinquency, and more violence.

The VPI model works to reduce the incidence and impact of violence and aggression on children and families in our community, to transform youth violence prevention research into action that shapes policy, engages community partners, and creates and refines methods of violence prevention and treatment interventions.

Learn more, sign up for updates and invitations to online talks, and offer your support: Violence Prevention Initiative

As we reported earlier this week, 95 shooting victims counted in Philadelphia last year were 17 years of age or younger, including five victims who were no more than ten years old, according to recently-released police data.

Posted by Jim MacMillan

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