CeaseFire Hospital Intervention Program
Cure Violence, a program of the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is best known for its community-based programs that use a health approach to interrupt and reduce shootings and killings. What are less well known are the partnerships Cure Violence has with Level 1 trauma hospitals that place trained health workers in emergency rooms to intervene with victims of intentional violent injury. Both aspects of Cure Violence’s work utilize disease control and behavior change methods to reduce violence.
In Chicago, Cure Violence’s approach is implemented by CeaseFire Illinois. The goal of Cure Violence/CeaseFire’s hospital intervention is two-fold: to treat the individual to keep him or her from being re-injured, and prevent further violence in the community by stopping retaliation.
Hospitals can be prime arenas for identifying individuals at risk of violence and beginning the process of intervening in and interrupting the cycle of violence. Cure Violence’s hospital intervention places trained health workers in emergency rooms to intervene with victims of intentional violent injury. In Chicago, the intervention is currently in place in three Level 1 Trauma Centers, treating injured individuals to keep them from being re-injured, and preventing further violence in the community by stopping retaliation. In a peer-reviewed study presented to the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma in January of 2014, the intervention at Advocate Christ Medical Center was demonstrated to reduce overall re-injury and readmission rates for patients injured by violence by 50%.
The Cure Violence needs your help to support their health approach to interrupt and reduce shootings and killings. Funds raised help provide intervention programs with victims of intentional violent injury.