In addition to VPI's Signature Programs, there are other violence prevention programs throughout the CHOP Network that provide services to affected youth and their families or conduct relevant research.
Adolescent Initiative at CHOP
The Adolescent Initiative evaluates and cares for adolescents living with HIV and provides prevention services to high-risk youth. An interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, peers and mental-health professionals creates a seamless continuum of service. Youth diagnosed with HIV often have multiple psychosocial problems such as basic subsistence issues, disclosure, housing, stigma, mental-health issues and lack of social support. Thus, the Adolescent Initiative programs link youth to care and provide services to help youth become more knowledgeable, self-sufficient and competent in managing their HIV. Providing this level of support also buffers these vulnerable youth from cycles of violence.
Children’s Intensive Emotional and Behavioral Program
The Children's Intensive Emotional and Behavioral Program (CIEBP) provides comprehensive services in a behaviorally based therapeutic setting for children between the ages of 5 and 12. CIEBP serves children with significant behavioral, emotional and social needs in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Ocean Counties in southern New Jersey. Children attend the program for six hours per day, five days per week. The overall mission of the program is to improve child and family functioning so that a child who is at risk of being removed from the community or psychiatric hospitalization or being excluded from school because of psychiatric/behavioral symptoms, can remain and be productive in his or her home, school and community. CIEBP treatment focuses on the learning of emotional self-regulation, adaptive behaviors and pro-social skills that can also help prevent these children from becoming violent or victims of violence.
Community-Driven Research Day
Community-Driven Research Day (CDRD) encourages collaboration between researchers from multiple universities and community-based organizations (CBOs) in Philadelphia that have research questions about community approaches to improving health outcomes. Through an interactive poster session, CBOs highlight their research questions to researchers from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University and Drexel University. These institutions also serve as co-sponsors.
The first annual CDRD, co-founded by the Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center and The Center for Public Health Initiatives at Penn, took place in October 2010 and focused on violence prevention and the built environment. The event continues to take place on an annual basis.
Early Head Start
Early Head Start is a program that gives low-income pregnant women and young parents the skills they need to enhance their children's growth and development during the first three years of life, including positive parenting and prenatal care classes and home visits. The program also provides access to community resources, including mental health services, that foster healthy self-sufficient families and offer enrichment activities for children with disabilities. While the program is located at Karabots Pediatric Care Center in West Philadelphia, Early Head Start staff spends much of their time in the community and in the homes of the people they serve.
Homeless Health Initiative
The Homeless Health Initiative is a volunteer outreach program run by The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia that provides free health and health-related services to women and children living in local emergency housing shelters in West Philadelphia. The Homeless Health Initiative also helps families experiencing homelessness in multiple shelters in and around Philadelphia to access important healthcare services including health insurance, primary care and specialty care. Through its work, the Homeless Health Initiative helps to alleviate some of the toxic stress of chronic poverty that can lead to a youth being involved in violence.
The MOM Program is an innovative home visiting program designed to empower urban, low-income mothers and children to obtain health and early intervention services for their children. During home visits, MOM staff review with mothers the developmental expectations for their children, what to expect at the next well-child visit, and help them plan questions for their health care providers. In a randomized control trial evaluation of the MOM Program at CHOP, higher rates of home visits were associated with higher rates of completed well-child pediatric visits. Children who receive home visits in the first 33 months are also more likely to be referred to and receive early-intervention services during this critical developmental period. Today, CHOP researchers are helping the City of Philadelphia to replicate the program in other areas of Philadelphia that have high rates of poverty.
Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center
The Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center (PCVPC) was a multi-university, community-based research program sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2006-2012 with the goal of preventing violence and aggression in the lives of young people in West and Southwest Philadelphia. Read more about the history and legacy of this project.
Pride@CHOP is an employee network that seeks to foster a positive work environment that supports employees, patients and patient families who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ), and their allies (non-LGBTQ advocates). Pride@CHOP supports the Hospital’s overall efforts to maintain a safe, non-discriminatory space for employees, families, patients, and other stakeholders, demonstrating that CHOP is a safe space for diversity in sexual and gender identities. By leading efforts to provide the CHOP community with continuing education regarding LGBTQ issues and bringing together LGBTQ employees across all areas of the Hospital, Pride@CHOP members seek to serve as role models, both at CHOP and in the community, who can contribute to the reduction of bullying and self-harm behaviors to our pediatric population. Efforts include participation in public events and spreading the word about the national It Gets Better campaign.
Over the last 40 years, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has developed one of the nation's most comprehensive programs to address the critical issues of child abuse, neglect and placement in substitute care. Safe Place: The Center for Child Protection and Health is staffed by an interdisciplinary team of physicians, psychologists, social workers and other Hospital personnel. Its mission is to provide the best care to children and families dealing with child abuse or neglect.