In response to ongoing violence in the city of Wilmington, Christiana Care leaders want to go beyond simply caring for victims and perpetrators as they enter the Emergency Department. They also want to use those encounters as a chance to intervene and potentially prevent future violence. As part of this new effort to establish a community violence intervention program at Christiana Hospital, the trauma team invited representatives from Cure Violence — a well-known community-based violence-prevention program in Chicago — to visit Christiana Hospital and meet with community groups April 25-26.
The two-day tour included meetings with social workers, trauma nurses and physicians, and the hospital’s Violence Prevention Committee, as well as a sit-down with the Delaware Anti-Violence Task Force Coalition, a tour of Wilmington’s East Side neighborhood, and a viewing and discussion of “The People’s Report,” a documentary film produced by the Wilmington HOPE Commission that offers an inside look at violence in the city.
The Cure Violence representatives will use the information gathered during the tour to help assess Christiana Care’s needs and offer suggestions for how to partner with community groups to launch an intervention program at the hospital.