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Why Is Injury and Violence Prevention Important?
Injuries are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44, and a leading cause of disability for all ages, regardless of sex, race/ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. More than 180,000 people die from injuries each year, and approximately 1 in 10 sustains a nonfatal injury serious enough to be treated in a hospital emergency department.
Beyond their immediate health consequences, injuries and violence have a significant impact on the well-being of Americans by contributing to:
- Premature death
- Poor mental health
- High medical costs
- Lost productivity
The effects of injuries and violence extend beyond the injured person or victim of violence to family members, friends, coworkers, employers, and communities.
NOTS is happy to welcome Andrea Martemus-Peters to the team. She joined us September 19, 2016 as the new Violence Injury Prevention Coordinator. Her responsibilities include implementing a pilot Violence Interruption Program for patients at The MetroHealth Medical Center. In addition, she will be assisting the Injury Prevention Coordinators at our partnering hospitals to provide injury prevention programs in the surrounding communities that meet the requirements of the American College of Surgeons.
Violence/ Injury Prevention Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Program
NOTS is grateful for the support of the United Way of Greater Cleveland for providing funding to support a full-time violence interrupter and an alternate from the Cleveland Peacemaker’s Alliance. Jeffrey Crosby and James Davis completed MetroHealth’s hospital employee orientation in November. They are contractors assigned to provide prevention and intervention services to patients who have penetrating wounds. This pilot program is specifically for individuals aged 14-25. Research supports that engaging patients at the bedside is an impactful, teachable moment.
Jeff and James will provide immediate support to the family in the waiting area. The goal is to stop retaliation from loved ones and friends. Once the patient is stable, they will talk with the patient about their experience and inform them of opportunities to make positive changes in their life. Patients also receive follow up visits during their inpatient stay. Upon discharge they are linked with services in their communities such as education, employment assistance, housing and other social services to support a healthy recovery. These type of interactions have been shown to reduce recidivism rates in other cities.