142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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CeaseFire New Orleans: Hospital Crisis Intervention Team

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 : 3:10 PM - 3:30 PM

Tyronne Walker , CeaseFire New Orleans, Office of Mayor Mitch Landrieu, New Orleans, LA
Violence is a leading cause of injury, disability, and death.  Since 1979, New Orleans’ annual murder rate has consistently been seven to eight times higher than the national average.  Violence is also a significant health disparity.  In New Orleans, 93% of all murder victims are African American.  Furthermore, violence increases risk for a multitude of health and social problems and compounds disparities in chronic disease.

 CeaseFire New Orleans is an integral part of Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s comprehensive murder reduction strategy, NOLA for Life.  CeaseFire New Orleans is a public health approach to violence reduction that views violence as a disease that spreads from person to person based on experiences and learned behaviors, producing serious consequences for the well-being of seriously impacted communities.  CeaseFire New Orleans uses outreach workers/case workers and violence interrupters/hospital responders to detect and interrupt potentially violent situations and resolve them using a combination of science and street outreach.  CeaseFire staff members are trained public health workers and credible messengers, equipped to mediate conflicts between groups, preventing retaliations.

 The CeaseFire New Orleans Hospital Crisis Intervention Team is based in the LSU Interim Louisiana Hospital, the only Level 1 Trauma Center in the region, and provides services for all gunshot wound victims between the ages of 16 and 25 that come to the hospital.  Injury from gun violence frequently leads to imminent retaliatory violence.  CeaseFire New Orleans works to prevent such injury.  In order to help prevent injury from gun violence and assist in protecting the safety of individuals and the public, ILH provides access and information to CeaseFire New Orleans and in return CeaseFire New Orleans provides anti-violence services at ILH.  CeaseFire New Orleans provides immediate bedside response to individuals injured by gun violence at ILH and provide follow-up interventions and case management to help reduce the incidences of such injuries.

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe the CeaseFire New Orleans Hospital Crisis Intervention Team. Describe the partnership between CeaseFire New Orleans and the Interim LSU Hospital Trauma Team. Identify ways public health officials can further support and grow violence intervention initiatives in connection to public health agencies.

Keyword(s): Youth Violence, Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I serve as the Director of CeaseFire New Orleans, a program that uses a public health approach to violence intervention. In this capacity I am responsible for the implementation of the CeaseFire New Orleans Hospital Crisis Intervention Team. I previously served as a Project Manager on the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team and am responsible for helping to develop the Mayor’s Comprehensive Murder Reduction Strategy, NOLA FOR LIFE.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.