At the NMVVRC, We #HAVHope
We #HAVhope on June 4 and Beyond
We at the National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center (NMVVRC) are proud to commemorate the Fifth Annual #HAVhope Friday, sponsored by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Hospitals Against Violence initiative. As a hospital-based program within the Medical University of South Carolina, the NMVVRC staff is proud to be part of a healthcare team rightfully heralded as heroes during the last difficult year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Such heroic efforts – and those of our peers at hospitals across America – extend far beyond the pandemic to daily efforts that help mitigate another pandemic, the pandemic of violence and its impact in workplaces and communities everywhere.
The AHA is an important partner to the NMVVRC as we strive to achieve our mission in improving community preparedness and the nation’s capacity to serve victims and communities recovering from mass violence through research, planning, training, technology and collaboration.
We #HAVhope that critical partnerships such as ours with the AHA will be replicated by others who share our commitment to help communities with readiness, response and resilience strategies and confront the scourge of mass violence in America.
We #HAVhope because countless victims and survivors of mass casualty and other violent crimes selflessly speak out and share their painful experiences so that others might better understand the devastating impact of mass violence on victims, their families and their communities.
We #HAVhope that our nation will recognize the power of partnership and collective action to address this terrible problem by committing to do everything possible to prevent mass violence and workplace violence.
And we #HAVhope that taking this heroic action will create a better tomorrow, one that is free from the tragic consequences of these heinous acts that are a recurring, painful reality in our country.
-Dr. Dean Kilpatrick, Director of the National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center
Learn more about the American Hospital Association here.