Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $885,000)
The proposed project supports the work of the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Foundation’s Virginia Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Program (HVIP) Collaborative. This funding will establish The Virginia Center for Hospital-Based Violence Intervention (“the Center”) as a national center of excellence for Virginia health systems committed to addressing violence in their communities. The Center will solidify the Commonwealth of Virginia as a national leader in the important intersection of public health, clinical health, and public safety. The Center’s primary activities will include the formation of an Advisory Council comprised of hospital leaders, community stakeholders, and policy leaders to enable coordination of efforts to address violence and provide critical victim support in targeted communities. VHHA Foundation will host a robust website for the Center linked via VHHA’s main webpage. Additionally, VHHA’s Analytics department will produce a public dashboard utilizing de-identified hospital in-patient and emergency department data to identify communities with high incidences of violence, as well as the demographics of victims and the social determinants impacting these communities.