Intervention is Healing –
Violence is a public health issue. The best way to prevent or reduce violence, and to sustain that reduction is to treat violence as an epidemic, to pay attention to those who suffer, to heal the trauma that acts like a virus in its rapid and virulent spread. Our goal is not only to get the world to see violence as a public health issue, but also to get those who work on the front lines to heal victims, like the Intervention Specialists in our Caught in the Crossfire program, to be seen as healthcare professionals, and to be reimbursed for their care through traditional medical reimbursement systems. In this we are making progress, through the leadership of Health Alliance for Violence Intervention, formerly the NNHVIP, now known as The HAVI. This paper, published in The Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, from Johns Hopkins Press, and co-authored by Youth ALIVE! Executive Director, Anne Marks, explains the process and why the professional designation is important to organizations, providers and victims.
Read the full paper: Prevention Professional for Violence Intervention