On February 9, 2018, Get IN Chicago hosted an in-depth briefing about the innovative Healing Hurt People program, a public health approach to breaking the cycle of violence.   Established in Philadelphia in 2008, Healing Hurt People engages violently injured individuals in Level 1 trauma centers to provide comprehensive support and mental health services.  In 2014, Get IN Chicago provided the major funding to launch a youth-focused replication of the program at Stroger and Comer Children’s Hospitals. Since then, Healing Hurt People-Chicago (HHP-C) has reached more than 500 young people suffering from violent injuries and shown promising effects in reducing their re-injury, retaliation, and justice system involvement.

Panelists and staff at Get IN Chicago's event


Our guests explored how HHP’s impactful strategies can inform healthcare, hospital, and collaborative efforts toward youth violence reduction.  Speakers and panelists included:

  • Dantrell Blake: graduate of Healing Hurt People-Chicago and instructor at Project FIRE
  • Dr. Ted Corbin: Founder and Current Medical Director of Healing Hurt People-Philadelphia and Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Dr. Andrew Dennis: Chair of the Division of Pre-Hospital and Emergency Services in the Department of Trauma & Burn at Stroger Hospital
  • Rev. Carol Reese: Violence Prevention Coordinator in the Department of Trauma and Burns at Stroger Hospital and Principal Investigator and Program Director for Healing Hurt People-Chicago
  • Dr. John A. Rich:  Professor at the Drexel University School of Public Health
  • Dr. Helene D. Gayle: President and CEO of the Chicago Community Trust
  • Jim Reynolds: Chairman and CEO of Loop Capital, Co-Chair of the Get IN Chicago Board of Directors, Chicago Community Trust Board of Directors, and University of Chicago Medical Center Board of Directors


View Video Recording of the event: How Hospitals Can Reduce Youth Violence – Get IN Chicago


Deck Presentation by Dr. Ted Corbin, Drexel University College of Medicine: Healing Hurt People-Philadelphia Presentation for Get IN Chicago 2.9.18