Committee on Trauma Survey of the National Network of Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Programs

Hospital Based Violence Intervention programs (HVIPs) are an indispensable aspect of healthcare in the United States. A recent study featuring PISC Senior Scholar and Internal Advisory Board Member Joel Fein, MD, MPH, evaluated variations among twenty-eight member programs of Health Alliance for Violence Intervention. Programs were surveyed through qualitative and quantitative questioning. Results indicate that all HVIP programs struggle to find sustainable funding in order to continue their work. Specifically, mental health resources are difficult to acquire. However, there are significant variations among programs. For example, only some programs enroll patients injured by intimate partner violence. Moreover, programs that receive federal sponsorship receive significantly more funding than foundational or philanthropic programs. Understanding the variations and challenges in HVIPs is essential to improve healthcare throughout the country.

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