What's Inside:
  • What's the Healing Justice Alliance?
  • January 13th Trauma Informed Care Webinar
  • Funding Opportunities
  • The latest on Trauma Informed Care
  • What's New on the Research Front
  • HJA In the News
  • How to Effectively Share Your Story
December 2015 E-Newsletter
What is the Healing Justice Alliance?
Welcome! You would not believe how excited we are to have you join us.
Who are we? The Healing Justice Alliance is a partnership between Youth ALIVE!, Cure Violence, Berkeley Media Studies Group and the National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs (NNHVIP) and sponsored by the federal Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), that have come together to help communities address violence as a health issue.
Who are you? Twelve OVC grantee sites Supporting Male Survivors of Violence (SMSV), 25 U.S. cities replicating the Cure Violence model, 28 NNHVIP member programs conducting hospital-based violence intervention, and public, private and community partners in our shared work -- you are the movement of people who are conducting the programs and creating the policies to help break the cycle of violence in our communities.
What will we do? The Healing Justice Alliance believes the best practices in healing are homegrown – they are of, by and for people who are and have been exposed to violence. We are committed to cross-training and peer-learning, focused around your interests and expertise. Toward that end, we will facilitate peer-based monthly working groups. Once a year, we will host a conference to come together and learn face-to-face from each other. You can also expect a newsletter every other month, with information on upcoming webinars, recently published research, funding opportunities, trauma-informed care and messaging and communications strategies. In other months, we will offer webinars on these topics and others to help us all continue to learn together.  In fact, mark your calendars now because Healing Justice Alliance webinars will fall on the 2nd Wednesday of every odd month at 3pm Eastern Time! 
What will you do? If you are interested in a specific topic that you would like to learn more about, let us know by emailing If there is an area in which you are willing to share your expertise, please contact us. In fact, if you have any feedback at all, let us know. The Healing Justice Alliance is yours to shape, and we look forward to learning and growing in our effectiveness together!
January 13th
Introduction to Trauma Informed Care Webinar - 3 p.m. EST - Register Now!
Nicky MacCallum LMFT, NCC will present.  This webinar is meant to increase awareness and understanding of Trauma Informed Care and  to articulate why it is an essential component in working with communities experiencing violence.
Communications Corner
How can advocates effectively tell the story of how trauma affects communities & how to prevent it? 
HJA In The News.....

Anti Gang Programs Approach Violence as a Disease, Ebony Magazine.

Child Abuse Rises in Connection with Soldiers' Deployments, CHOP Study

Hospital Centered Violence Intervention Programs:  A Cost-Effective Analayis.  Am. Journal of Surgery.

Chicago, Baltimore, Ferguson, New York.  Cities Torn Apart....How We Can Change.

Brains, Biology & Violence. (Video)

Funding Opportunities

The Quality Health Foundation (QHF) awards grants to eligible nonprofit organizations that work to improve healthcare for individuals and communities through measurable outcome improvement projects. Due January 14th.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is committed to seeking value from all levels of investment in health care, public health, and population health.  Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health is a national program that aims to provide individuals, organizations, communities, policymakers, and researchers with the empirical evidence needed to address the key determinants of health encompassed in the Culture of Health Action Framework. Deadline is open.
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) plans to award $20.5 million in FY 2016 as part of the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards program. These awards support projects that encourage active integration of patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders as integral members of the patient-centered outcomes research/clinical effectiveness research (PCOR/CER) enterprise. Letters of Inquiry (LOI) due February 1, 2016.
The American Psychological Foundation
Visionary Grants seek to seed innovation through supporting research, education and intervention projects and programs that use psychology to solve social problems including “understanding and preventing violence to create a safer, more humane world.” Deadline: April 1, 2016

Trauma Informed Care Corner
by Ruth Ann Ryan, APRN, BC, Psychoeducation Training Specialist, HHP, Philadelphia.
Healing Hurt People- Philadelphia is leading the effort to ensure that the underpinnings of hospital-based violence intervention programs in Philadelphia are trauma-informed. It is doing so by incorporating a systematized, trauma-informed framework for providing case management services, behavioral health and mentoring services.  This framework, known as the S.E.L.F. Model, is a central pillar of the evidence-supported Sanctuary Model of trauma recovery. S.E.L.F. is an acronym that includes the domains found to be crucial to address in order to help those who have been violently injured recover from the trauma of those events and promote their future well- being. The domains of S.E.L.F. are Safety (in many forms); Emotions and the challenge of managing them safely; Loss and Letting Go and the struggle to work through loss and the challenge of creating a Future with the need for change and hope. This framework has been shown to help those recovering and those assisting them in recovery to organize the complexity that surrounds traumatic events and help survivors construct effective and healing responses.

Look for more on S.E.L.F. at and in upcoming Trauma-Informed Care Corners.
From the Research Desk......

Jennings-Bey T, Lane SD, Rubinstein RA, Bergen-Cico D, Haygood-El A, Hudson H, Sanchez S, Fowler FL. The Trauma Response Team: a Community Intervention for Gang Violence. Journal of Urban Health. 2015; 92(5):947-954. doi: 10.1007/s11524-015-9978-8.
    This article provides a case study of a grassroots response to the trauma of gang-related neighborhood violence in Syracuse, NY. A partnership between the police, emergency response teams, hospitals, academic researchers, and community volunteers, this program sought to reduce retaliation for homicides and gun-related assaults in communities most affected by violence.
Purtle J, Rich LJ, Rich JA, Cooper J, Harris EJ, Corbin TJ. The Youth Nonfatal Violent Injury Review Panel: An innovative model to inform policy and systems change. Public Health Reports. 2015;130:610-615.
    This paper describes an adaptation of the Child Fatality Review Team model to address nonfatal youth violence and address opportunities for preventing reinjury. Drawing together over 20 community agencies and municipal departments, the authors report attendees' perceptions of strengths of the review panel, as well as areas for improvement and recommendations for further research regarding outcomes.
Butcher F, Galanek JD, Kretschmar JM, Flannery DJ. The impact of neighborhood disorganization on neighborhood exposure to violence, trauma symptoms and social relationships among at-risk youth. Social Science and Medicine. 2015;146:300-306.
    This study examines the impact of neighborhood disorganization on exposure to violence among 2,242 juvenile justice-involved youth in the Midwestern US. The authors examined the effect of exposure to violence on trauma symptoms and social relationships.  Results highlight the need for culturally appropriate trauma-informed care to address trauma symptoms, which may prevent violence-exposed  youth from forming and maintaining supportive relationships and fostering resiliency.
Copyright © 2015. Healing Justice Alliance, All rights reserved.  This newsletter is funded in part through a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, Project # 2015-VF-GX-K025, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse, this Web site (including, without limitation, its content, technical infrastructure, and policies, and any services or tools provided).

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