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Healing Hurt People-Chicago (HHP-C) is a hospital-based violence intervention program (HBVIP) launched in August 2013 as a collaboration between the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County (Stroger), The University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital (Comer) and the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice at Drexel University in Philadelphia (Drexel).

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Through assessment, psycho-education, intensive case management, group therapy and mentoring, Healing Hurt People-Chicago helps youth who’ve been violently injured, so they can heal both physically and emotionally.

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  • Increase our patient’s capacity to thrive–emotionally, physically, socially—building a strong future for themselves and their families.
  • Promote trauma recovery in an effort to prevent clients’ re-injury and mortality, reduce retaliation, and lessen involvement in the criminal justice system. This is accomplished by ensuring clients have improved access to education, employment, and mental health, medical and social services.
  • Integrate trauma-informed practice into the hospitals’ philosophies of care and core competencies, laying the groundwork for integration and expansion of the program.

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Healing Hurt People–Chicago in the news

“People are resilient.” 
The Chicago Tribune on HHP-C at Stroger Hospital. 
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“What’s Working — Healing Hurt People”
HHP-C funder Get IN Chicago on HHP-C at Cook County Hospital.
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“Many of our youth and our families would meet the diagnostic criteria for PTSD, and there’s actually, a lot of parallels to PTSD in people who’ve been in combat.”
—Dr. Bradley Stolbach, clinical director, Healing Hurt People-Chicago, in “Survival Mode” from Aljazeera America
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“Treating Chicago’s young people traumatized by violence”
“Survival Mode” from Aljazeera America
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Project Fire in the news

“Project Fire Ignites Passion for Glass Making”
Art as good medicine for youth who have suffered traumatic exposure to violence, Chicago Tonight, WTTW-TV.
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“Project Fire offers peace forged in the flame”
Some of the young people who are benefitting from the collaboration between HHP-C and Ignite Glass Studio, The Chicago Reader.
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Dr. Bradley Stolbach,
Co-PI and Clinical Director

Rev. Carol Reese, LCSW,
Co-PI and Program Director 


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Healing Hurt People–Philadelphia
Center for Nonviolence & Social Justice

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Donations can be made by sending a check to:
Healing Hurt People Chicago
John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County
1900 W. Polk Street, Room 1300
Chicago, IL 60612