Our History, Values, Vision & Beliefs
Healing Hurt People is a hospital-based violence intervention program (HVIP) that began in Philadelphia, led by Dr. Ted Corbin, Dr. John Rich, and Dr. Sandra Bloom at Drexel University. In 2013, Reverend Carol Reese and Dr. Brad Stolbach wrote grants to bring the program to two Chicago hospitals, John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County and The University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital.
Since then, the program has grown from 2 staff members to 18. In 2018, we more than doubled our staff capacity, and Beth-Anne Jacob joined the leadership team as Clinical Director. This larger HHPC team has expanded our work in critical ways.
Increased number of patients served
We now reach over 700 patients each year.
Expanded age demographic
Early funding limited services to children and teenagers. Our programs are now inclusive of patients up to 30 years of age, with a goal of eliminating the age requirement entirely.
Expanded language offerings
We have bilingual resources and clinicians to serve Spanish-language speakers.
Expanded group work
Regular sessions include psychoeducation and support groups specifically for men or women; Spanish-speakers; people with spinal cord injuries; and participants in Project FIRE, an arts-based glass-blowing program.
Health care and allied professions education
Our team conducts trauma-informed care trainings that feature participants sharing their experiences.
Vision & Values
We envision a world with pathways to healing, trauma-informed healthcare and social systems, and repair to issues in communities that lead to violence. When our vision is realized, we will be closer to living in a city free of gun violence.
Pathways to healing
Healthcare and social service systems
Healthcare and social service systems that acknowledge and treat trauma as a result of multigenerational, historical, and structural violence.
Justice and repair
Justice and repair for the inequitable conditions that lead to violence in communities.
We believe in a future for all, participant-driven care, holistic support, medical advocacy, and accountability.
A future for all
Everyone deserves a future that includes safety, respect, and dignity.
The power of connection
We hold ourselves responsible for disrupting medical injustice regarding access to care, as well as the provision of respectful care for those marginalized by oppression such as poverty, racism, trans and/or homophobia, and anti-immigrant bias.
Stories of Healing
Beth-Anne and Jason discuss what is unique about the Healing Hurt People Chicago therapeutic model and the importance of building genuine relationships with program participants and families as a powerful tool in the healing process.